|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
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Balanced scoring and a strong first-half defensive effort propelled the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 77-61 home victory over Reinhardt at the Gentry Center on Tuesday night. The win helps the Tigers move to 3-2, matching the program’s best start through five games since the 1998-99 season.
Redshirt junior Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who entered the game tied for seventh in the nation with 12.8 rebounds per game, posted his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Redshirt senior Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) led the Tigers with 14 points, while senior Demontez Loman (South Port, N.C.) collected a season-best seven boards.
“Our first half defensive effort was really good,” Second-year TSU Head Coach Dana Ford said. “In the second half, I was not as pleased as I was in the first half, but overall I thought we competed hard. They made some shots in the second half and no team is going to let you just continuously beat them. Overall, it’s good to get the win”
TSU (3-2) held the Eagles (5-4) to 33.9 percent (21-for-64) shooting and held a 51-37 rebounding edge.
“Our team has done a great job of either outrebounding or tying every one we’ve played this year,” Ford continued. “It has to be a staple of who we are, if we want to have a chance to win.”
On the night, 11 different players scored for the Tigers, who limited Reinhardt to 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) shooting in the opening 20 minutes.
Strong defensive play for the Tigers kept the Eagles off the scoreboard for the first 4:48 of the contest, building up a 13-0 advantage highlighted by a fast-break dunk by Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.). Reinhardt would trim the TSU advantage to 11 on two occasions, the second coming on Daquan Langston’s layup with 10:23 showing on the first half clock to put the score at 20-9.
The Tigers quickly regained the momentum, however, with a 7-0 run that included two Martin layups and a three from Johnny Woodard (Duluth, Minn.) to grow the lead up to 27-9. The Eagles did not score their 10th point of the game until a Langston free throw with 8:01 to go in the opening half.
Using balanced scoring with 10 different players scoring in the half, the Tigers took a 44-20 lead into the locker rooms. The 20 points allowed by TSU are the second fewest in a half in the Dana Ford era.
In the second half, Reinhardt used a 12-5 run out of the gate to cut the TSU lead down to 49-32. The Tigers struck back with a 14-3 run of their own to distance themselves from the Eagles at 63-35, their largest lead of the night, with 11:56 to play. Loman and Neville Fincher (Teaneck, N.J.) converted dunks for the Tigers in the stretch.
Reinhardt then made a comeback that cut the lead down to 11 with 4:32 to go thanks to a 22-5 run that spanned nearly seven minutes, but it was not enough as the Tigers pulled away in the closing minutes.
On the defensive end, McCall finished with five steals to go with six points, six rebounds and five assists.
For Reinhardt, Josh Cooper registered a team-best 14 points off the bench.
Next on the schedule, the Tigers head to Kennesaw, Ga. for a game at Kennesaw State on Saturday, Nov. 28.
GAME NOTES: TSU improves to 2-0 in the all-time series versus Reinhardt… TSU improves to 2-1 at home this season and 7-9 under second year Head Coach Dana Ford… The 3-2 record through five games matches the program’s best start since the 1998-99 season… Redshirt junior Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) secured his fourth double-double of the season… Redshirt senior Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) posted the fourth double-digit scoring game of his TSU career… The 20 points allowed by TSU in the first half are the second-fewest in the Dana Ford Era, just five more than when the Tigers gave up 15 versus SIU Edwardsville last season… Redshirt junior Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished with five steals, two off the school record for steals in a game of seven set by Garrett Richardson on Feb. 4, 2003 versus Eastern Illinois.
TSU Head Coach Dana Ford
“The percentage is good. We wanted to hold them to a lot of fewer points, but we kind of sent them to the line there in the second half about sixteen times. But I think our defense in terms of defending without fouling was pretty good.”
- On holding Reinhardt to 33.9 percent from the field
“We tried to play some guys that hadn’t been getting a lot of minutes for more reasons than one. Obviously you don’t want your starters or key guys to play too many minutes, especially when you’re in a game up big. We still need to give a look and evaluate some of the guys who aren’t getting as many minutes as we try to get better every day and add people to the rotation.”
- On 11 different players scoring on the night