|November 24, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||REIN-M||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.339 (21-62)||.449 (31-69)|
|3P FG Percentage||.265 (9-34)||.308 (4-13)|
|FT Percentage||.556 (10-18)||.579 (11-19)|
LANGSTON - 6
MISNER - 1
STONE - 1
FINCHER - 2
TENNESSEE STATE (2-2) vs. REINHARDT (5-3)
Tuesday, Nov. 24 | 7 p.m.
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn.
OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men's basketball team will attempt to claim a 3-2 record to begin the season for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign with a home showdown with Reinhardt on Tuesday. Offensively, the Tigers are led by a trio of newcomers in Wayne Martin (15.3 points per game), Keron DeShields (15.0 ppg) and Tahjere McCall (14.0 ppg).
LAST TIME OUT: Despite a career-high 28 points from redshirt senior Keron DeShields, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team suffered a 69-66 loss at the hands of visiting Middle Tennessee at the Gentry Center on Nov. 21. TSU (2-2) outscored the Blue Raiders (1-1) by a 36-32 margin in the second half, but the Tigers could not overcome a 37-30 first-half deficit as MTSU earned its 10th-consecutive win in the series. On the offensive end, senior Marcus Roper added a season-best 12 points off the bench with redshirt junior Tahjere McCall and sophomore Darreon Reddick scoring eight points apiece for the home side.
ABOUT REINHARDT: Competing in the Appalachian Athletic Conference in the NAIA, the Eagles carry a 5-3 record into Tuesday night’s game. Reinhardt is coming off an 88-79 home loss to Bryan on Nov. 21. The high-powered Reinhardt offense averages 92.1 points per game, led by leading scorer Corey Ricks (18.8 points per game). William Reid (13.5 ppg) and Nehemiah Jones (12.6 ppg) are also scoring in double figures through eight games.
ALL TIME SERIES: Tennessee State holds a 1-0 lead in the all-time series with Reinhardt. The Tigers won the only meeting between the two schools last season.
LAST SEASON VS. REINHARDT: In Dana Ford’s first game as TSU’s head coach, the Tigers earned a 97-66 victory over Reinhardt in last year’s season opener on Nov. 14, 2014 at the Gentry Center. Six TSU players scored in double figures led by 23 from Marcus Roper off the bench. Demontez Loman (11 points, 13 rebounds) and Zachary Lee (15 points, 10 rebounds) secured double-doubles for the Tigers. Holding a two-point lead at the half, TSU outscored Reinhardt by a 50-21 margin in the second half to pull away.
UP NEXT: The Tigers head to Georgia to face Kennesaw State on Saturday, Nov. 28.