|November 18, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||FISK||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.333 (18-54)||.389 (21-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.211 (4-19)||.217 (5-23)|
|FT Percentage||.526 (10-19)||.694 (25-36)|
MARTIN - 14
DESHIELDS - 2
DESHIELDS - 1
MARTIN - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Playing in front of the home crowd at the Gentry Center for the first time this season, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team led wire-to-wire for a convincing 72-50 victory over cross-town opponent Fisk on Wednesday night.
Redshirt junior forward Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) posted his third-consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore guard Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) also tallied 14 points in his first start of the season.
“I thought defensively we did a pretty good job,” second-year TSU Head Coach Dana Ford said. “Offensively, it was a little disappointing on our part in the second half. We’re happy to have won a game on the road already and then to take care of business here, and we’re just trying to get better every day.”
The Tigers (2-1) dominated the glass with a 47-34 rebounding edge over the Bulldogs (2-5) and forced Fisk into 20 turnovers on the night.
For the second game in a row, TSU jumped out to a fast start, taking an 8-0 lead. The Tigers’ suffocating defense kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for nearly five minutes to open the game.
The Tigers’ steady play continued as the advantage quickly ballooned to double figures at 14-3 on a three from Marcus Roper (Walton Beach, Fla.) with 13 minutes to go before halftime.
The Bulldogs hung around, cutting the TSU advantage down to nine at 30-21 with 3:55 to go in the first half on a pair of Walter Arnold free throws. On the next possession, however, Johnny Woodard (Duluth, Minn.) answered back with a three-pointer to give the Tigers a double-digit advantage.
A three-pointer from Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) with four seconds left in the half gave the Tigers a 41-27 halftime lead.
After Fisk drained a three to open the second half to cut the TSU lead down to 11 at 41-30, the Tigers broke the game open with a 12-0 run over the next eight minutes capped by a jumper from Neville Fincher (Teaneck, N.J.) to gain a 23-point lead at 53-30.
The Bulldogs went on to cut their deficit to 18 points with 8:18 to go, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Next on the schedule for the Tigers is another home game versus Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Gentry Center at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Tigers move to 5-3 when leading at the half under second-year Head Coach Dana Ford… TSU improves to 6-8 at the Gentry Center over the last two years… Sophomore Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) made his first start of the season… With 14 points, Reddick posted his 12th career double-figure scoring game… Redshirt junior Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) now has three-consecutive double-doubles… TSU moves to 2-1 on the season for the second year in a row… The Tigers now lead the all-time series with Fisk, 16-3… TSU has won nine in a row in the series versus the Bulldogs.
Tennessee State Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dana Ford
“I think that was important. We’ve got a big game on Saturday and we didn’t want to play a lot of guys 25 or 30 minutes tonight. There are some guys who didn’t play too much out on the road swing who we need to get a look at, especially before we get too deep into nonconference play.”
- On bench players in tonight’s game
“They’re a well-coached, veteran team. They’re just a really, really good program that has won a lot of games over the last couple of years. Quite honestly, they have dominated the series against us so we’ve got our work cut out for us.”
- On facing Middle Tennessee on Saturday