For the first time since Jan. 19, 1994, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team earned a road win at Middle Tennessee, defeating the reigning Conference USA Champions 74-63 final at the Murphy Center Saturday night. TSU’s last win over the Blue Raiders came Nov. 20, 2000 at the Gentry Center.
“Very proud of our guys today,” TSU Head Coach Dana Ford said after the win. “I thought they really competed on the glass. Obviously on the defensive end, where we kind of make a name for ourselves, I thought they tried the best that they could by trying to execute the game plan. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of them today.”
The win moves TSU to 4-0 for the third time since moving to Division I for the 1976-77 season. The team had completed a sweep of the 50th annual Cable Car Classic with a 69-61 victory over host Santa Clara on Sunday, Nov. 13, after defeating Northern Arizona 69-65, Nov. 12 and UC Davis 78-64, Nov. 11.
TSU played at Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y. Nov. 23; results were unavailable at press time. The Tigers open at home against Rheinhardt on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:00 pm
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team used a strong fourth quarter to defeat Arkansas State, 76-66, in the home opener Saturday afternoon in the Gentry Center. The Lady Tigers return to action after Thanksgiving at the Lady Rebel Classic hosted by UNLV, Nov. 26-27.
TSU senior quarterback Ronald Butler found receiver Patrick Smith for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds remaining to give TSU a 32-31 come from behind victory at Southeast Missouri State Saturday, Nov. 19. The Tigers finish the season at 7-4 overall, 4-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play.
Butler opened the game-winning drive with a 23 yard strike to Smith as the junior receiver stepped out of bounds at the 35. Two plays later the duo teamed up for 28 yards moving TSU to the SEMO 32. After a pair of running plays, Butler found Steven Newbold for 13 yards on a third-and-five, putting TSU at the 14 yard line. Two plays later Butler connected with Smith to even the score at 31-31. Lane Clark added the extra point giving TSU the one point advantage and the game.
Butler went 18-of-34 passing for 279 yards and four touchdowns in his final game for the Big Blue. Butler has cemented himself in the TSU record books: finishing seventh in passing attempts (678), eighth in completions (385) and seventh in touchdown passes (43).
Freshman Chris Rowland amassed 93 yards in kickoff returns giving him 965 for the season, setting a new TSU single season record, surpassing Avion Black’s 958 yards in 1999. Rowland finishes the season second in the nation with 1,076 yards in kickoff and punt returns.
The TSU Aristocrat of Bands gave their final performance of the football season Senior Day, Nov. 12, saying farewell to 34 senior members. Taking a moment to acknowledge a major highlight of their careers, seven band members held up signs, saying “ WE [Heart Symbol] O B A M A” to express their love for the outgoing 44th President, for whom they recently performed on the White House South Lawn.
TSU Band Senior List
Joseph Belcher, Saxophone, Computer Science, Kansas City, KS
Jasmine Black, Saxophone, Criminal Justice, Atlanta, GA
Michael Black, Horn, Human Performance and Sport Science, Memphis, TN
Jerred Blair, Tuba, Music, Nashville, TN
Briana Brooks, Clarinet, Music, Atlanta GA
Keyana Cole, Clarinet, Music, Birmingham, AL
Stephen Cole, Percussion, Aeronautical and Industrial Technology, St. Louis, MO
Taylor Cromwell, Clarinet, Biology, Lithonia, GA
Alexandria Dinwiddie, Clarinet, Music, Detroit, MI
Andre Dolberry, Tuba, Music Education, Chattanooga, TN
Chrishun Dorsey, Tuba, Music Education, Memphis, TN
Eyonchrisshe Dumas, Dancer, Healthcare Administration and Planning, Nashville, TN
David Griffin, Tuba, Communications, Little Rock, AR
Yasmeen Hardin, Piccolo, Healthcare Administration and Planning, Nashville, TN
Christian Jackson, Percussion, Communications, Birmingham, AL
Cody Keith, Tuba, Music, Madison, TN
Marissa King, Saxophone, Criminal Justice, Eastpointe, MI
Michael Matthews, Clarinet, Computer Science, Ellenwood, GA
Desjane McDonald, Horn, Music, Detroit, MI
Ayanna McGill, Percussion, Music Technology, Indianapolis, IN
Marlon McNeal, Tuba, Music Performance, Memphis, TN
Vincent Miller, Trumpet, Psychology, Decatur, GA
Aaron Moore, Baritone, Biology, Birmingham, AL
Dennis Neal, Percussion, Music, St. Louis, MO
Angelica Peterson, Clarinet, Criminal Justice, Memphis, TN
Zephaniah Peterson, Tuba, Aeronautical and Industrial Technology, Marietta, GA
Marcus Reaves, Saxophone, Music, Denmark, TN
Khyiah Riviears, Trombone, Criminal Justice, Ellenwood, GA
Emmanuel Scott, Drum Major, Music, Lithonia, GA
Trevor Terrell, Trumpet, Human Performance and Sport Science, Antioch, TN
Tianna Thornton, Saxophone, Political Science, Detroit, MI
Raekwon Williams, Tuba, Criminal Justice, Stone Mountain, GA
Danielle Willis, Clarinet, Health Sciences, Memphis, TN
Thomas Yates, Percussion, Accounting, Detroit, MI
The Tigers dropped a match to visiting Eastern Kentucky on Senior Day Saturday, Nov. 12 in Kean Hall. Seniors Chloe Watson and Arijana Anderson both finished with 11 kills to leads the Tiger offense. The Tigers season ended in OVC tournament play on Thursday, November 17, as the 6th seeded Tigers lost to the 3rd seeded APSU Governors.