TENNESSEE STATE vs. CAL STATE EAST BAY
Exhibition Game | Saturday, Nov. 7 | 7 p.m.
Kean Hall | Nashville, Tenn.
OPENING TIP: Tennessee State will host Division II Cal State East Bay for an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at Kean Hall. The exhibition contest will serve as the final tune up for the Tigers before kicking off the season at Loyola in Baltimore, Md. on Nov. 13.
ABOUT CAL STATE EAST BAY: Coming off a 6-22 record a year ago, the Pioneers are led by third-year Head Coach Gus Argenal. Cal State East Bay will face UAB in Birmingham, Ala. on Nov. 6 for an exhibition before heading to Nashville. The experienced Pioneers feature eight upperclassmen including seniors Ryan Okwudibonye (Sacramento St. transfer) and Marcus Norman (Abilene Christian transfer).
ALL-TIME SERIES: TSU has never played Cal State East Bay.
KEAN HALL: Built in 1951, Kean Hall is the current home TSU’s volleyball program. The TSU basketball team played its home games at Kean Hall until moving to the Gentry Center prior to the 1980-81 season.
FREE ADMISSION: Fans can get in free to Saturday’s exhibition game with a donation of one canned good.
THE RETURNERS: Coming off a 5-26 season a year ago, TSU brings back five players who saw minutes in 2014-15. Among the returners from last year's team are four of the five top scorers as well as the two leading rebounders. Senior Marcus Roper (Walton Beach, Fla.) was TSU’s second-leading scorer last year with 10.0 points per game. Fellow senior Demontez Loman (South Port, N.C.) led the squad with 5.7 rebounds per contest.
NEW TO MUSIC CITY: TSU’s 2015-16 roster consists of 12 players who did not step on the floor for the team last year. Among them are senior Keron DeShields (Montana transfer) and junior Tahjere McCall (Niagara transfer), who sat out last year at TSU. Samson Oyederian (London, England), Johnny Woodard (Duluth, Minn.), Neville Fincher (Teaneck, N.J.) and Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) were all at junior colleges last season, while Christian Griggs-Williams (Milwaukee, Wisc.) is a graduate transfer from Long Beach State. Ford also added Armani Chaney (Chicago, Ill.), Thomas Davis (Nashville, Tenn.), Khalil Spencer (Memphis, Tenn.) and Jalen Duke (Nashville, Tenn.) from the high school ranks.
STAFF: Head Coach Dana Ford is the youngest Division I head coach in the nation for the second year in a row. The 2006 Illinois State graduate kept his entire coaching staff intact for year number two.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE: TSU will play 29 regular season games against 23 different opponents during the 2015-16 season. The schedule includes 13 home games, two neutral site games and 14 road games. The Tigers will face five 20-plus win teams in Murray St. (29), Illinois St. (22), Belmont (22), Eastern Kentucky (21) and UT Martin (21).
UP NEXT: TSU officially opens the season with a road test at Loyola Maryland in Baltimore, Md. on Friday, Nov. 13. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. EST (6:30 p.m. Central).