|November 13, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||LOYOLA|
|FG Percentage||.527 (29-55)||.345 (19-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (5-15)||.316 (6-19)|
|FT Percentage||.821 (23-28)||.628 (27-43)|
GRIGGS-WILLIAMS - 4
MCCALL - 1
DESHIELDS - 1
MARTIN - 1
GRIGGS-WILLIAMS - 1
MCCALL - 1
DESHIELDS - 1
MARTIN - 1
Rassman - 1
Gregory - 1
Barnard - 1
BALTIMORE – Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) put on a dominating performance with 27 points and 21 rebounds to carry the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to an 86-71 road win over Loyola Maryland at Reitz Arena to open the 2015-16 season.
For the Tigers (1-0), junior Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 23 points, while senior Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) chipped in with 15 points in front of his hometown friends and family. The victory over Loyola (0-1), was the first road win for the Tigers since a 70-68 victory at Morehead State on Feb. 27, 2014.
“I thought the guys put in a pretty good team effort,” TSU Head Coach Dana Ford said. “We had a very good togetherness about us for 40 minutes. We knew it would take 40 minutes, and the guys just did a great job.”
In a back-and-forth contest that featured 14 ties and eight lead changes, the Tigers used a 21-6 run over the final six minutes to pull away for the victory.
In the first half, the Tigers jumped out to a fast start, taking a 7-5 lead 1:30 into the game on a corner three from Johnny Woodard (Duluth, Minn.). The momentum quickly shifted, however, as the Greyhounds reeled off 13 of the game's next 15 points for an 18-9 lead.
TSU went just over six minutes between buckets with Martin ending the scoring drought with a spinning layup with 12:03 to cut the deficit to 18-11. The basket spurred an 11-4 run by the Tigers to put the visitors down just two at 22-20.
Later in the half, the Tigers regained the lead at 33-31 on Martin’s layup from a long outlet pass from Christian Griggs-Williams (Milwaukee, Wisc.) with 1:45 to go before halftime, and the teams went into the locker rooms tied at 36-36. Griggs-Williams finished with six points and four assists in his TSU debut.
Martin completed the first half with 16 points and 10 rebounds in 14 minutes on the court.
In the second half, Marcus Roper (Walton Beach, Fla.) broke a 62-62 tie with an elbow three with just under eight minutes to go. After the score was again tied at 65 apiece, TSU went on a 13-2 run capped by a McCall three pointer for a 78-67 lead with 1:17 left. McCall scored seven points during the stretch.
The Tigers went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 33 seconds in the win.
Tyler Hubbard led four Greyhounds scoring in double figures with 21. Jarred Jones collected a team-best seven boards for the home side, and added 14 points on the offensive end.
TSU’s bench outscored Loyola’s bench, 37-0, and the Tigers held a 36-33 rebounding edge on the night.
“Anytime you can win on the road, it’s good," Ford said. "The main thing is we are 1-0 today, and that’s how we go about our business on a daily basis.”
GAME NOTES: TSU moves to 2-0 in season openers under Head Coach Dana Ford… TSU earned its first win over Loyola Maryland, moving to 1-3 in the all-time series… Wayne Martin recorded his first career double-double… 11 different players saw the floor for TSU.
TSU Forward Wayne Martin
“We’ve got four more wins to go to match last year’s record. We started off well with a good win in an away game. Everybody bought in, and we just got the win.”
- Following his 27 point, 21 rebound effort