|December 12, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||GSU||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.333 (21-63)||.408 (20-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.136 (3-22)||.455 (10-22)|
|FT Percentage||.636 (7-11)||.737 (14-19)|
MCCALL - 4
DESHIELDS - 4
Altheimer - 2
TENNESSEE STATE (5-2) vs. GRAMBLING STATE (2-6)
Saturday, Dec. 12 | 1 p.m.
Kroc Center Chicago | Chicago, Ill.
HBCU Legends Hardwood Classic
OPENING TIP: Coming off records of 5-25 and 5-26 over the last two seasons, Tennessee State has already reached five wins through seven games in 2015-16. Led by Keron DeShields’ 14.1 points per game, the Tigers head to the Windy City looking for win number six versus Grambling State in the HBCU Legends Hardwood Classic.
LAST TIME OUT: The Tennessee State matched last year’s win total with a 74-54 home victory over Stetson on Dec. 5 at the Gentry Center to improve to 5-2 on the season. Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) secured his fifth double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead TSU.
Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) chipped in with 19 points, while Demontez Loman (South Port, N.C.) pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds in the win. Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) facilitated the offense with a career-high eight assists to go with eight points, five rebounds and five steals. The Tigers posted a strong defensive effort, holding Stetson to 18-first half points and a season low 54 points for the game. The Hatters entered Saturday averaging 82.9 points per game.
ABOUT GRAMBLING STATE: The Grambling State Tigers have gone 2-6 so far this season with wins over Mid-Atlantic Christian and Selma. Facing a brutal schedule, GSU has dropped games to East Carolina, Ohio State, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, UT Arlington and Marquette. The Tigers are averaging 64.0 points per game led by a team-best 14.4 points per game from Nigel Riberio.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Tennessee State leads the all-time series versus Grambling State, 15-8. The meetings date back to the 1954-55 season.
CONNECTIONS: Current Grambling State Head Coach Shawn Walker played for TSU Associate Head Coach Randy Peele at Campbell during the 1990-91 season. Peele was an assistant coach for the Camels, and he coached Walker during his freshman season before Walker transferred to Elizabeth City State University.
TSU Freshman point guard Armani Chaney is a Chicago, Ill. native. Some of TSU's top players in recent past have been from Chicago, including Patrick Miller (NBA D-League) and Kellen Thornton (NBA D-League). Robert Covington, who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, hails from nearby Bellwood, Ill.
UP NEXT: The Tigers head to DeLand, Fla. to take on Stetson on Monday, Dec. 14. The game will air live on ESPN3.