|February 13, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUM||BEL|
|FG Percentage||.328 (19-58)||.483 (29-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.364 (8-22)||.381 (8-21)|
|FT Percentage||.385 (5-13)||.500 (8-16)|
- 14||Nick Muszynski
HARRIS - 7
TEAM - 7
- 5||Grayson Murphy
HARRIS - 1
BROWN - 1
EGBUTA - 1
TENNESSEE STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL (15-10, 7-5)
vs BELMONT (18-7, 9-3)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 13
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Radio: 102.1 The Ville
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team heads to crosstown rival Belmont for a Thursday night matchup set to tip on ESPN+ at 7 p.m.
ABOUT BELMONT: The Bruins rank third in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 18-7, 9-3 record, including a 10-1 record in the Curb Event Center. The sole loss is credited to SIUE and came on the first night of conferenece play. Belmont is led by Brian "Penny" Collins' former assistant coach Casey Alexander who is in his first year at the helm of the Bruins. Adam Kunkel, Nick Muszynski and Tyler Scanlon lead the Bruins with double-digit scoring. Grayson Murpgy is just a few tenths of a point short of averaging double digits, but leads the team in rebounds per game with 7.7 and assists, rounding out the first 24 games with 155 - leading the league.
ALL-TIME SERIES: This marks the 34th meeting between the Tigers and Bruins. Belmont is on a three-game winning streak after going 2-0 over TSU last season. When taking on BU at home, TSU is 7-10 after its 77-66 loss in Gentry Feb. 14, 2019. The Tigers have gone into overtime just once against the crosstown rival. The Tigers took it 65-63 at home, Dec. 13, 1980.
LAST TIME OUT: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team suffered its second home loss to the Murray State Racers Saturday night in the Gentry Center, 73-65.
The Tigers led for 12 minutes of the first half, by as much as nine, before the Racers fought to tie the score four times. Leading 33-29 at the half, Murray State followed its performance outscoring TSU 40-36 in the second as well. Jy’lan Washington paced the evening leading the first half with 12 points, ending the night leading the Tigers with 24 points, 13 rebounds. Michael Littlejohn contributed 13 points, four rebounds, four assists.
Murray State’s Tevin Brown and KJ Williams combined for 41 points, Brown leading the night with 28 points.
NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in the following categories:
- 21 in field-goal percentage
- 30 in total blocks
- 34 in total rebounds
- 34 in rebounds margin
- 48 in blocked shots per game
- 64 in total rebounds per game
- 67 in three-point field-goal percentage
- 69 in defensive rebounds per game
- 78 in total assists
- 98 in scoring offense
- 99 offensive rebounds per game
- Michael Littlejohn - 15 in three-point field-goal percentage
- Michael Littlejohn - 48 in total three-point field goals made
- Michael Littlejohn - 67 in three-point field goals per game
UP NEXT: Tennessee State returns home to host Tennessee Tech, Saturday, Feb. 15 in the Gentry Center. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.