Toledo Returns Home to Host Texas Southern on Saturday Evening

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Toledo (3-3) returns home following a three-game road swing to host Southwestern Athletic Conference foe Texas Southern (0-7) on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m. The contest will be televised on ESPN3. The Rockets' matchup vs. the Tigers is their fourth and final game in the Miami HoopHall Invitational.

UT has defeated Oakland (87-74) on Nov. 18 and lost at Syracuse (72-64) on Nov. 22 and at No. 2 Kansas (96-58) on Nov. 28 as part of the event. TSU has dropped decisions to the Orange (80-67) on Nov. 18, the Jayhawks (114-71) on Nov. 21 and Golden Grizzlies (97-87) on Nov. 30.

After opening the season with three home victories, the Rockets have suffered three setbacks on the road including Tuesday's 96-58 loss to the No. 2-ranked Jayhawks. Senior guard Tre'Shaun Fletcher and junior forward Nate Navigato paced Toledo offensively vs. KU with 12 points apiece.

Fletcher ranks fourth in the Mid-American Conference with a team-high 18.5 ppg, while junior guard Jaelan Sanford is ninth with 16.7 ppg. Navigato and sophomore center Luke Knapke are scoring in double digits for UT as well with 15.8 and 11.2 ppg, respectively.

Fletcher is also leading the Rockets with 9.0 rpg (3rd in MAC), 4.2 apg (T-6th in MAC), 1.0 spg, 24 free throws made and 32 free throws attempted. Knapke is tied for second in the MAC with 1.7 bpg and third with an 88.9 FT%, while Navigato is second with 3.5 three-point field goals per game.

As a team, Toledo ranks second in the MAC with its 38.2 three-point field-goal percentage and 10.0 three-point field goals per game and is third with 4.0 blocked shots per game.

Texas Southern is in the midst of a 13-game season-opening road trip and will not play its first home game until its conference opener vs. Southern on New Year's Day. The Tigers, who have appeared in the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four years, have also dropped decisions at No. 18 Gonzaga (97-69), Washington State (86-84 in OT), Ohio State (82-64) and Clemson (84-77).

Sophomore guard Demontrae Jefferson leads TSU with 22.6 ppg and a 45.5 three-point field-goal percentage (20-of-44) and is one of four players scoring in double digits. He is joined by senior guard Donte' Clark (16.0 ppg), senior forward Kevin Scott (12.6 ppg) and junior center Trayvon Reed (12.4 ppg).