|November 16, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||OHIO|
|FG Percentage||.404 (21-52)||.411 (23-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (4-12)||.357 (10-28)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (21-28)||.950 (19-20)|
FINCHER - 1
ATHENS, Ohio – Competing on the road for the second-consecutive game to open the season, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team was handed a 75-67 loss at Ohio on Monday night at the Convocation Center.
Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) collected his second double-double of the young season with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) paced the Tigers with 17 points.
TSU (1-1) led by as many as 14 points in the first half and held a 10-point advantage with nine minutes to play, but Ohio (2-0) stormed back to steal the victory on its home court.
“I felt like for the first 32 minutes, we tried to do some good things and then for the last eight minutes, for whatever reason, we just couldn’t execute our game plan defensively,” second-year TSU Head Coach Dana Ford said.
The Tigers finished with four players in double figures including 11 points from Johnny Woodard (Duluth, Minn.) and 10 from Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) in addition to the efforts of Martin and McCall.
“I thought our start was really good,” Ford commented. “I thought we came out and followed the game plan. Guys made the extra pass and got the ball moving from side-to-side. Hopefully we can learn from that and try to do it more consistently throughout 40 minutes.”
Hot shooting and strong defense helped TSU sprint out to a 14-0 lead in the early going. The Tigers, which held the Bobcats off the scoreboard until the 15:41 mark of the first half, made four of their first five three-pointers to build up the advantage. Three of TSU’s early three-pointers came courtesy of Woodard.
The Bobcats chipped away at TSU’s lead, cutting the advantage down to seven at 16-9 with 13:48 to go before halftime. Later in the half, a jumper from DeShields lifted the lead back up to double digits at 22-12.
A 10-0 run by Ohio tied the score at 22-22, but the Tigers countered with a 7-0 spurt to retake the lead. The Bobcats’ first lead of the night came with 3:58 to play in the half on a pair of Khari Harley free throws to put the score at 33-31.
The teams went into halftime knotted up at 37-37, but TSU quickly gained the upperhand with an 8-0 run sparked by an emphatic two-handed dunk from senior Demontez Loman (South Port, N.C.). Later on, DeShields’ layup gave the Tigers a 58-48 advantage with 9:30 to play.
Over the next 4:30, TSU’s lead evaporated as the Bobcats seized a 60-59 edge on Gavin Block’s three with 5:02 to go. Ohio would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way. A 9-2 run over the next three minutes gave the Bobcats enough cushion to run out the clock.
TSU shot 40.4 percent (21-for-52) from the field, while the Bobcats finished 41.1 percent (23-for-56) on field goals and held a 35-33 rebounding edge on the night.
Aided by five three-pointers, Jordan Dartis led the Bobcats with 17 points.
Next up, the Tigers return to Nashville for a three-game homestand beginning with the home opener at the Gentry Center versus Fisk on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: TSU was facing Ohio for the first time in school history… The four players scoring in double figures were the most in a game for TSU since six players scored 10-plus points versus Reinhardt on Nov. 14, 2014… Wayne Martin, the reigning Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week, is averaging 21.0 points and 16.0 rebounds through his first two game at Tennessee State.