Tennessee State hoops to take on Kentucky State Thursday night

Courtesy of Tennessee State Athletics

OPENING TIP: Following back-to-back season-opening wins against Fisk, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team is set to host its second HBCU opponent, Kentucky State, on Thursday evening at the Gentry Center.

WHERE TO WATCH & LISTEN: TSU Basketball can be tuned in on WNSR’s flagship network, which includes 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Nashville), and 107.9 FM (Smyrna), as well as WNSR.com. The broadcast is also available globally on Sirius XM. Additionally, WNSR will offer in-depth pregame coverage 15 minutes prior to tip-off, along with extensive postgame analysis, exclusive interviews with coaches and players, and behind-the-scenes content to engage fans on a deeper level. “The Voice of the Tigers”, Greg Pogue, returns for his 12th season behind the mic and will be accompanied by Nashville broadcasting legend Albert Dawson. The action can also be streamed on the TSU Tigers app.

The Matchup: 
Tennessee State Tigers (1-0, 0-0 OVC) vs Kentucky State Thorobreds (0-1, 0-0 SIAC)
Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 PM
Location: Gentry Center || NASHVILLE
Radio: WNSR — 
Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst)

Thursday’s contest will mark the first-ever meeting between TSU and Kentucky State.

17 TO 1K FOR M1F: Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. is just 17 points away from reaching the 1,000-point mark as a Tiger. Last year, Fitzgerald Jr. averaged a career-best 13.6 points (421) and started in all 31 games. He scored seven points in the season opener on Monday against Jefferson St. rival Fisk.

BROWN’S RESURGENCE: Christian Brown led the Tigers with 16 points and played over 20 minutes for the fourth consecutive game, dating back to last season where Brown finished with three consecutive 21-minute affairs. In two career games against Fisk, Brown averaged 17 points per game. Brown ended last season with an average of 12.1 points per game in 17 games and is expected to play significant minutes this season.

KINYON’S GENTRY DEBUT: In his first game as a Tiger, former EIU Panther Kinyon Hodgesfinished with 14 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes.

NOTABLE TRANSFER DEBUTS: During the Penny Collins era, four transfer players have led TSU in scoring in their inaugural game as Tigers.

Kinyon Hodges — 14 points vs. Fisk — 11/6/23
Jr. Clay — 29 points vs. Fisk — 11/7/22
Dedric Boyd — 17 points vs. Alabama A&M — 11/9/21
Carlos Marshall Jr. — 22 points vs. Alabama A&M — 11/5/19
Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey — 26 points vs. Lipscomb — 11/10/18

JITOBOH’S NEAR DOUBLE-DOUBLE: In his first game as a Tiger, Jason Jitoboh nearly achieved a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes. He tied Hodges for the most minutes played in the opener.

HALF IN, HALF OUT: TSU secured 38 of its 76 points inside the paint, with eight coming from second-chance opportunities and 10 from fast breaks.

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