|February 20, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||JSU||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.250 (15-60)||.407 (22-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.273 (6-22)||.364 (4-11)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (10-14)||.565 (13-23)|
CHANEY - 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marcus Roper (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) scored a team-high 15 points to lead the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 61-46 home win over Jacksonville State at the Gentry Center on Saturday night. With 19 wins, TSU is now one win shy of tying the program’s Division I record of 20 wins in a season.
Tennessee State (19-8, 10-4 OVC) put up one of its top defensive efforts of the season, holding Jacksonville State (8-21, 4-10 OVC) to 25.0 percent shooting while finishing with a 49-37 rebounding edge.
On the offensive end, Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Christian Griggs-Williams (Milwaukee, Wisc.) scored 10 points apiece, while Demontez Loman (South Port, N.C.) led the Tigers on the glass with 11 boards.
The Tigers' stifling defense limited the Gamecocks to 24 first-half points, which was the best defensive first-half effort for TSU since holding Austin Peay to 22 in the opening 20 minutes on Jan. 14.
TSU took its largest lead of the first half when Roper grabbed an offensive rebound and finished a layup with 5:03 left for a 24-16 edge. The Tigers were able to carry a 30-24 lead into the locker rooms.
In second half action, TSU extended an eight-point lead into an 18-point edge thanks to a 10-0 run capped with a Loman layup with 7:43 remaining for a 52-34 lead. Jacksonville State would get as close as 12 points the rest of the way as TSU pulled away.
Jacksonville State’s Jared Hamilton scored his team’s first eight points of the night and finished with a game-high 21 points. DelFincko Bogan added 12 off the bench for the visitors.
Up next, TSU heads to UT Martin on Feb. 25 for the Tigers’ last road game of the regular season.
GAME NOTES: TSU is now 17-11 in the all-time series versus Jacksonville State… Tennessee State has gone 10-2 at the Gentry Center this season… The Tigers won the first meeting between the two sides by a 78-53 final score on Jan. 30 in Jacksonville, Ala.
TSU Guard Marcus Roper
“Mostly our defense. That’s what we take pride in, so we always try to lead games with that. We try to impose our will on the defensive end.”
- On what triggered TSU’s run in the second half
TSU Guard Tahjere McCall
“There aren’t that many teams with these opportunities, so it’s always a great feeling when there’s a couple teams in the race. All year, we’ve just focused on us. Coach Ford always tells us, we control what we do. If we keep winning and playing as well as we are, and keep building, than it doesn’t matter what other people are doing. Even if we finish second, or first, or wherever, it all comes down to the OVC Tournament and who is playing the best then.
- On being in the thick of the OVC playoff race
TSU Guard Armani Chaney
“Coach Ford and I are close, so in those situations, he can look to me to lead. Even though I’m a freshman, I’ve been playing point guard for a while so I kind of know the ropes, but I’m just happy to be in this position.”
- On having Coach Ford’s trust in pressure situations
TSU Head Coach Dana Ford
“I think we defended them a little bit better. Our offense was sloppy. Jacksonville State, they play hard. They’ve very scrappy and a lot of times, they dictate the game and you play it the way they play it, which is a credit to their coach. We just had to settle down a little bit. I think we were a little tight after a tough game up at Morehead State, and it took us a little while to get going. Hopefully we got the kinks out and we’ll have a good week of preparation.”
- On TSU’s second-half run
“We feel like we have a lot of guys who can contribute. It’s a long season, and there’s still a lot left to play for. We just want to be as fresh as possible, and we’ve got some good young players on our bench.”
- On developing depth