|December 14, 2015||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||STET|
|FG Percentage||.430 (34-79)||.406 (28-69)|
|3P FG Percentage||.474 (9-19)||.406 (13-32)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (16-20)||.700 (21-30)|
PEGG - 1
DeLAND, Fla. – Redshirt senior Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) scored eight of his game-high 27 points in the second overtime period to lift the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a thrilling 93-90 win at Stetson on Monday night at the Edmunds Center. The double-overtime victory extends the Tigers’ winning streak to five games.
With 1.8 seconds left in the second overtime, DeShields calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Tigers (7-2) a 93-90 lead, and Derick Newton’s desperation three from inside Stetson’s half was short as TSU earned its fourth win away from home this season.
Tied at 67-67 at the end of regulation, the game went to overtime where both team scored 11 points in the first session. In the second overtime, the Tigers outscored the Hatters (3-7) by a 15-12 margin.
“We’re obviously very happy with a road win,” Second-year Tennessee State Head Coach Dana Ford said. “Anytime you can win on the road, you have to take it and run with it. Our guys just kept fighting. We didn’t play our best, and we didn’t defend like we’ve been defending all year long, but we were able to get enough stops and make enough free throws down the stretch. You have to give Stetson a lot of credit. They made a lot of adjustments and made more than we did, and our guys just gutted it out.”
For the Tigers, junior Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 23 points and 17 rebounds while adding five blocks. Senior Demontez Loman (South Port, N.C.) also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and sophomore Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) chipped in with 14 points.
The hot-shooting Hatters connected on seven three-pointers in the first half, leading for 16:30 of the opening 20 minutes. Stetson led by as many as 10 points on two occasions in the first half.
Trailing by a 29-19 margin with 7:26 left in the first half, the Tigers went on a 10-3 run that included a three-pointer from Johnny Woodard (Duluth, Minn.) that helped the visitors cut the deficit to 32-29 with 3:15 left.
In the closing two minutes of the half, the Hatters kept the Tigers off the scoreboard and took a 37-31 lead into the locker rooms.
In the second half, TSU battled back and took the lead when DeShields rose up and knocked down a three-pointer off a screen for a 46-44 lead with 14:40 left.
Later in the half with TSU down by three, Martin’s three-point play with a layup and free throw leveled the score at 65-65 with just under three minutes to play in regulation. After two free throws by Luke Doyle gave Stetson a two-point lead, DeShields’ layup tied the score at 67-67 with 1:15 on the clock.
In Stetson’s final possession in regulation, Divine Myles missed a layup and Newton’s putback attempt was off the mark, forcing overtime.
In the first overtime, TSU put itself in position to win with a three-point lead at 78-75 on two free throws from Reddick with 27.5 seconds left. Newton banked in a three on the other end, however, with 20.9 seconds left to tie it up at 78-78. DeShields’ jumper as the buzzer sounded missed, sending the game headed to double overtime tied at 78-78.
The second overtime featured six lead changes and two ties before the Tigers pulled off the road victory. Down the stretch, Reddick again delivered at the line with two free throws with 8.7 seconds left for a 91-87 lead. With 2.4 seconds to go, Angel Rivera knocked down a three for Stetson to cut the TSU lead down to one, but DeShields was able to hit his free throws to help the Tigers hang on.
For the Hatters, Newton scored a team-best 22 points. The Tigers finished with a 50-41 rebounding edge.
Next up, the Tigers will return home to face Lipscomb on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) has scored in double figures in eight of TSU’s nine games… Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has tallied six double-doubles and seven games with 10 or more rebounds… Monday marked the first overtime game in Head Coach Dana Ford’s two-year career at Tennessee State… It was the first double overtime game since a 91-85 double overtime home win over Eastern Kentucky on Jan. 28, 2012… TSU improves to 3-0 in the all-time series versus Stetson.
Tennessee State Head Coach Dana Ford
“It was a different game for us tonight, but we just kept telling ourselves just find a way to win. Obviously we didn’t pack our defense tonight, and we gave up 90 points. We have to get better, but we haven’t had a lot of chances to practice defense. It is the backend of a road swing, so we’re just happy to get out of here with a win.”
- On winning with offense
“Wayne Martin has been unbelievable this year. He was able to get another double-double. Demontez Loman was huge in overtime. For two guys to get double-doubles, I don’t know how often that happens. And then Keron DeShields made some big shots down the stretch. All the guys had a hand in the win.”
- On individual performances
TSU Forward Wayne Martin
“It was different. We weren’t really playing defense how we usually do in the first half. Then in the second half we started playing harder we saw the results we usually do when we play defense.”
- On playing a high-scoring game
TSU Guard Keron DeShields
“Early on, we weren’t really playing our style of basketball as far as being heavy in the gaps and really helping each other. Credit to Stetson. They have great shooters and they’ve had a long stretch where they’ve been off so we knew they would come out and hit shots. It’s hard to play a team in back-to-back games like that.”
- On playing Stetson for the second time
“We’re happy with the win. We’re happy that we’re finding more guys who can step up offensively because along with our defense, now we have more guys who are more confident offensively. That will help us put it all together.”
- On the win