|February 21, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||SIUE||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.439 (25-57)||.519 (27-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.467 (7-15)||.300 (6-20)|
|FT Percentage||.903 (28-31)||.800 (24-30)|
KINCHEN - 22
- 7||CHAFFEE JR.
WILLIAMS - 3
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (8-18, 5-9 OVC)
vs SIUE (8-18, 4-10 OVC)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 21
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: Gentry Center - Nashville, Tenn.
Notes: TSU | SIUE
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 SIU-Edwardsville for Greek Night Thursday, Feb. 21 as it closes its last week of home games in the 2018-19 season. Tip-off set for 7:30 p.m. following the Lady Tigers.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: SIU-Edwardsville is on a four-game losing streak with an away record of 1-10. It's four conference wins are versus SEMO, Morehead State and EKU in double overtime. The Cougars have four players averaging double-digits. David McFarland leads SIUE with 14.1 points per game, followed closely by Tyrese Wiliford, who averages 13.9 points and 3.72 assists per game. The Cougars' third leading scorer, Brandon Jackson, also leads the team in rebounds per game averaging 6.7
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Cougars entered its 11th year, seventh season as competing members of the Ohio Valley Conference in 2019, and are down 8-2 in the all-time series against the Tigers. Big Blue is undefeated when taking on SIU-Edwardsville in Gentry Center. In the last four seasons, TSU is 3-2 when playing the Cougars.
LAST TIME OUT: Stokley Chaffee, Jr. scored a career-high 17 points in Saturday night’s 84-65 loss to Jacksonville State in the Pete Mathews Coliseum.
A slow start by the Tigers proved fatal as the Gamecocks’ shooting accuracy and volume, especially in the paint, cruised the conference-leaders to a 37-20 score as both teams entered the locker room. Jax State’s leading scorer Burnell had 15 points in 19 minutes.
Big Blue outscored its first half efforts for the fifteenth time this season, this time keeping up with the Gamecocks, finishing just two points under JSU, 47-45.
In the second half, Kamar McKnight (12), Tripp Davis (12) and Big Blue’s leading scorer Chaffee, Jr. (15) pulled out double-digit performances.
LAST MATCHUP WITH SIU-EDWARDSVILLE: TSU put on a dominating performance, leading start-to-finish, in a convincing 85-57 Ohio Valley Conference victory over visiting SIUE at the Gentry Center. Former Tiger, Christian Mekowulu, proved to be a force in the paint with a game-high 25 points to go with nine rebounds.
TSU held the Cougars to just 19 points in the first half and carried a 42-19 lead into halftime. The Tigers led by 15 or more points throughout the second half to cruise to victory.
In addition to Mekowulu, three other former Tigers turned pro, scored in double digits on the night with Ken’Darrius Hamilton (15), Delano Spencer (14) and Darreon Reddick (11) also putting up strong offensive performances.
On the defensive end, TSU limited the Cougars to 38.8 percent from the floor, including 23.8 percent from three-point range. On the other end, the Tigers finished 28-of-52 (53.8 percent) on field goals and made 9-of-19 from beyond the arc.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in three categories:
- 46 in turnovers forced
- 49 in total steals
- 59 in steals per game
UP NEXT: Big Blue will play its final home game this Saturday versus Eastern Illinois. The team will honor its seniors pre-game and fans will have premium seating as the the night also serves as TSU's annual Courtside Dining. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+.