|February 18, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||MOR|
|FG Percentage||.333 (16-48)||.417 (20-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.357 (5-14)||.400 (6-15)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (24-32)||.833 (20-24)|
REDDICK - 2
MAITLAND - 4
REDDICK - 2
GAINES - 1
WILLIAMS - 1
MOON - 1
MAITLAND - 1
LOMAN - 1
MARRERO - 1
MOREHEAD, Ky. – The Tennessee State men’s basketball team came up just short in a 66-61 road loss at Morehead State on Thursday night at Johnson Arena. Redshirt junior guard Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the TSU offense with 17 points.
TSU (18-8, 9-4 OVC) trailed by 14 points with just over seven minutes to play before storming all the way back to take a 61-59 lead with 1:02 left. Morehead State (16-11, 9-5 OVC) scored the final seven points of the game including a three from Ronnye Beamon with 11.3 seconds left to break a 61-61 tie and give the Eagles the lead for good.
“I thought our guys fought hard down the stretch,” second-year TSU Head Coach Dana Ford said. “They ended up making one more shot than we did. It’s a very tough place to play; very physical game. I thought we ultimately gave it all that we had and just fell one possession short.”
The Tigers forced Morehead State into 20 turnovers on the night and held a 29-28 halftime edge. In the second half, the Eagles shot 50 percent from the field and finished with a 42-24 rebounding edge.
The Tigers led by as much as six points in the first half, taking a 17-11 advantage on a corner three from Marcus Roper (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) with just over 10 minutes left in the opening half.
After the Eagles had taken a 27-26 lead, McCall came up with a steal and breakaway layup to regain the advantage at 28-27 with 2:25 remaining in the half.
TSU forced Morehead State into eight first half turnovers and held a 29-28 lead through 20 minutes.
A 9-1 run for the Eagles in the first five minutes of the second half put the home side in front 37-30. Morehead State took the biggest lead of the night of 14 points with 7:03 left in the game with a 58-44 edge.
The Tigers answered back with a 17-1 run of their own to retake the lead. Leveling the score at 59-59 on a McCall alley oop from a Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) pass, the Tigers took the lead at 61-59 on DeShields’ free throws with 1:02 on the clock. The Eagles were able to hold TSU off the scoreboard the rest of the way to earn the victory.
Miguel Dicent scored a team-high 16 points for Morehead State to go with 12 from Brent Arrington and 11 from Lyonell Gaines.
Next on the schedule, the Tigers return to Nashville to host Jacksonville State at the Gentry Center on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
GAME NOTES: TSU is now 31-36 in the all-time series versus Morehead State… Tennessee State won the first meeting between the two sides this season by a 77-76 final score on Feb. 6 at the Gentry Center… TSU is 9-6 in games away from the Gentry Center and 7-6 in true road games… Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) has now scored in double figures 16 times this season… Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) picked up his 24th game with 10 or more points.
Tennessee State Head Coach Dana Ford
“We’re very resilient. Our kids have been resilient all year. We’ve got a lot of character in our locker room, and it showed again tonight. We just have to find a way to pull out the close ones on the road sometimes.”
- On coming back from a 14-point deficit
“I thought he played aggressive and attacked the basket, which was part of the game plan. He didn’t turn the ball over, and he gave us some good, valuable minutes.”
- On the play of Tahjere McCall
“We haven’t played them in a while. We have short preparation for them. We’ll rest the guys up tomorrow and try to hopefully have a lot of energy in our building and get back on the winning side of it on Saturday.”
- On facing Jacksonville State