December 05, 20151st2ndFinal
Tennessee State334174
Stats at a GlanceSTETTSUMBB
FG Percentage.340 (16-47) .477 (31-65)
3P FG Percentage.083 (1-12) .118 (2-17)
FT Percentage.808 (21-26) .909 (10-11)
Offensive Rebounds816
Defensive Rebounds1925
Total Rebounds2741
Bench Points1714
PointsNEWTON - 20
ReboundsTEAM - 7
LOMAN - 12
AssistsMYLES - 2
StealsMYLES - 3
BlocksNEWTON - 1
Men's Basketball Hosts Stetson on Saturday
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Men's Basketball Hosts Stetson on Saturday

Saturday, Dec. 5 | 1 p.m.
Gentry Center | Nashville, Tenn.

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OPENING TIP: The Tennessee State men’s basketball team looks to match last year’s win total with a home test versus Stetson at the Gentry Center on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Tigers are 4-2 on the year with a 2-1 home record. Redshirt senior Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) leads the offense with 14.5 points per game, while redshirt junior Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is second in the Ohio Valley Conference with 11.7 rebounds per game.

LAST TIME OUT: Tennessee State earned a 56-49 road victory over Kennesaw State at the KSU Convocation Center on Nov. 29 behind a team-high 14 points from Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.). For TSU (4-2) it is the program’s best start through six games since the 1994-95 season.  The Tigers led Kennesaw State (1-6) by as many as 18 points in the second half and held on as the Owls cut the deficit to five in the final three minutes.

In addition to McCall’s 14 points, Keron DeShields added 13 points, and Christian Griggs-Williams (Milwaukee, Wisc.) collected a career-high 11 rebounds in the victory. TSU held a 35-20 advantage in points in the paint and limited the Owls to 35.8 percent (19-for-53) shooting. On the other end, the Tigers finished 42.0 percent (21-for-50) on field goals.

ABOUT STETSON: Off to a 3-5 start to the season, Stetson is coming off a 94-85 loss at the hands of UCF on Wednesday night. The high-scoring Hatters score 82.9 points per game, good for 47th in Division I. Defensively, however, Stetson allows 88.6 points per game, which ranks them 342nd in the nation out of 346 teams.  Stetson features four players averaging double-figures led by Derick Newton’s  13.5 points per game. Brian Pegg, the Hatters’ second-leading scorer, averages a double-double with 12.1 points and 10.0 boards per contest.

ALL-TIME SERIES: The TSU-Stetson series dates back to the 1966-67 season when the Tigers earned a 65-53 win over the Hatters in the Consolation Round of the Division II NCAA Tournament. TSU finished 20-8 on the season under Head Coach Harold Hunter.

IN THE NATION: Tennessee State ranks among the nation’s best in a number of statistical categories. Allowing 62.5 points per game, TSU is 32nd in Division I in scoring defense. The Tigers are holding opponents to 36.6 percent shooting, which ranks them 23rd in the nation, while the team’s +5.7 rebounding margin is good for 76th. Wayne Martin is 12th in the nation with 11.7 rebounds per game and 15th with four double-doubles.

SUN TIGERS: TSU’s 2015-16 schedule includes four games versus Atlantic Sun opponents. The Tigers defeated Kennesaw State, 56-49, on Nov. 28. TSU will face Stetson twice this season and Lipscomb once. TSU has gone 6-5 versus teams currently in the Atlantic Sun. The Tigers are 3-0 versus Kennesaw State, 1-4 against Lipscomb, 1-1 against USC Upstate and 1-0 versus Stetson.

STETSON CONNECTION: Prior to taking the head coaching job at Stetson, Corey Williams served as an assistant coach at Florida State. Tennessee State Assistant Coach Pierre Jordan played three seasons for Williams at Florida State from 2008-11. Stetson Assistant Coach Nikita Johnson was also an assistant at TSU in the late 1990s.

UP NEXT: The Tigers will take on Grambling State in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, Dec. 12.