TSU hits the road to take on Jacksonville State Saturday

From tsutigers.com :

at Jacksonville State (18-8, 10-3 OVC)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Pete Mathews Coliseum – Jacksonville, Ala.  
Notes:  TSU
Live Video:  ESPN+ 
Radio:  102.1 The Ville  ||  Greg Pogue (pbp) and Albert Dawson (analysis) on the call
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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team heads to Jacksonville, Ala. to close the week with a matchup against Jacksonville State. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. in the Pete Mathews Coliseum. 

ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Jacksonville State received 20 votes in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll. As the only team to beat one of the OVC’s conference leaders, Belmont, JSU is 10-3 against league teams, suffering losses to Eastern Kentucky, Austin Peay and most recently UT Martin. The Gamecocks have three players averaging double-digit points led by Jason Burnell who averages 15.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.04 assists per game.  

LAST TIME OUT: Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (DFD) led the Tigers with 19 points, eight rebounds and two steals in Thursday night’s 77-66 loss to Belmont in Gentry Center.

A first half riddled with 21 missed shots hurt Tennessee State as the Bruins shot 51.6 percent from the field heaving them to a 41-30 lead at the break.

A locker room speech lit a fire under the Tigers as Big Blue came out hot scoring 17 points in the first four minutes. Belmont’s Kevin McClain and Windler answered with a combined 27 points hoisting the Bruins to its 11th Ohio Valley Conference win of the season.

LAST MATCHUP WITH JACKSONVILLE STATE: Nashville-native Tripp Davis led the Tigers for the fourth time this season scoring 19 points, (11-of-12) from the free throw line and (2-of-6) from three-point distance.

Two Tigers, who sat out last season, recorded career-highs, including Dave Morris, a redshirt-freshman guard from Erie, Pennsylvania, with 14 points and DaJion Henderson, a redshirt-junior forward, with seven points.

The Gamecocks shot 22-of-28 from the charity stripe, which would turn into game-deciding trips as TSU shot 18-of-20 from the line. 

NATIONALLY RANKED: The Tigers are ranked in the top 100 in three categories: 

  • 47 in turnovers forced
  • 46 in total steals
  • 57 in steals per game

UP NEXT: The Tigers return home to host SIUE, Feb. 21 for a 7:30 p.m. game in Gentry Center. 

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