|February 14, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BEL||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.473 (26-55)||.375 (21-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.208 (5-24)||.320 (8-25)|
|FT Percentage||.741 (20-27)||.762 (16-21)|
MURPHY - 4
- 2||CHAFFEE JR.
EGBUTA - 1
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (8-16, 5-7 OVC)
vs Belmont (19-4, 10-2 OVC)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Gentry Center - Nashville, Tenn.
Live Video: ESPN+ | Joe Leadingham on the call
Radio: 102.1 The Ville || Greg Pogue (pbp) and Albert Dawson (analysis) on the call
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Social Media Updates: Twitter || #BigBlueRising
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men's basketball team hosts Belmont on Hoops for Heroes night, Thursday, Feb. 14 in the Gentry Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. CT on ESPN+.
HONORING LTC USAF(Ret.) MICHAELANGELO MCCALLISTER: Each year, the Tigers honor a military service member during its Hoops for Heroes night. At tomorrow's game versus Belmont, TSU men's basketball and the Tennessee State athletic department will honor LTC USA(Ret.) Michaelangelo McCallister, TSU's Director of Auxiliary Services. LTC McCallister served in the United States Air Force as a jet pilot for twenty-four years before joining TSU's staff. LTC McCallister earned his bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University as a history major, and received his master's in International Relations from Troy, rounding out his education receiving his commision into the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at TSU in 1973. Donations will be taken at the game in his honor.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: The Bruins rank fifth in the nation (Mid-Major Top 25) and are tied for first in the conference with Murray State and Austin Peay. BU is on a seven-game winning streak with its only conference losses coming from Jacksonville State. Belmont has four players averaging double digits, including Dylan Windler who most recently earned his second OVC Player of the Week Award and was named the most CBS National Player of the Week.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior guard Michael Littlejohn led the Tigers with 16 points, four assists and two rebounds in the matchup in Richmond, Kentucky as the Colonels defeated the Tennessee State men’s basketball team, 75-65.
The Tigers entered the second half down one, 32-31 after fighting for a nine-point lead with 8:12 left in the first. TSU outscored its first-half efforts 34-31, with help from Littlejohn and Kamar McKnight’s efforts in the last minute of the game; the two combined for nine points in the final 45 seconds.
The final 14 points for EKU were made from the free-throw line, pushing them to the 75-65 win over Big Blue.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Following a loss at Belmont earlier this season, TSU is 13-19 in the all-time series against the Bruins. When taking on BU at home, TSU is 7-9 after its 64-56 win in Gentry Feb. 8, 2018. The Tigers have gone into overtime just once against the crosstown rival. The Tigers took it 65-63 at home, Dec. 13, 1980.
LAST MATCHUP WITH BELMONT: Junior-college transfer Michael Littlejohn led the Tigers in scoring for the first time of the season with a career-high 19 points versus the Bruins. The Muskegon, Mich. native shot 7-of-14 from the field, 4-of-8 from three-point distance and made his sole free throw. Littlejohn added four rebounds to the team’s total 37, and a steal.
The Tigers entered halftime down 12, 43-31. Belmont returned from the break missing just six shots from the field (17-of-23), hoisting the team to its second-straight win in the series versus TSU.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in three categories:
- 47 in turnovers forced
- 61 in total steals
- 63 in steals per game
UP NEXT: Big Blue heads to Alabama to take on Jacksonville State in the reconstructed Pete Mathews Coliseum Saturday, Feb. 16. Tipoff on ESPN+ is set for 7 p.m.