|March 03, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||APSU||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.489 (23-47)||.426 (26-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.438 (7-16)||.143 (2-14)|
|FT Percentage||.553 (21-38)||.667 (16-24)|
DESHIELDS - 2
MARTIN - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The fourth-seeded Tennessee State men’s basketball team suffered a 74-72 loss to eighth-seeded Austin Peay in the Ohio Valley Conference Quarterfinals on Thursday night at Municipal Auditorium. Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) led TSU’s offense with 16 points and three assists.
With the loss, TSU falls to 20-10 on the year, while Austin Peay improves to 16-17 and advances to the OVC Semifinals to face Belmont on March 4.
Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) registered his 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds in addition to 15 points from Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.).
The Tigers held a 38-27 halftime edge and seized a 19-point lead just over five minutes into the second half. Austin Peay went on to outscore TSU by a 35-13 margin over the next 14 minutes and took a 70-67 edge on a free throw from Josh Robinson with 17.5 seconds left.
TSU would get within one on two occasions the rest of the way, but Robinson kept APSU ahead with four made free throws in the final 7.1 seconds. Robinson finished with a game-high 17 points for the Govs with Chris Horton adding a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards.
“I’d like to give Austin Peay a lot of credit for fighting back,” second-year TSU Head Coach Dana Ford said. “Their guys did a great job and stepped up to hit some big shots. You just have to give them all the credit in the world. I feel bad for our seniors that they didn’t get a chance to experience an opportunity to play for an NCAA Tournament, but we’ll move on.”
The Governors sprinted out to a six-point edge with a 12-6 lead six minutes into the game. The Tigers fought back and a right-corner three from Marcus Roper (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) off an extra pass from Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) gave TSU its first lead of the game at 13-12 two minutes later.
The momentum swung back to Austin Peay as a TSU scoring drought gave the Govs a 20-15 lead. The Tigers again fought back and regained the lead on Martin’s three-point play for a 27-25 lead with four minutes left before halftime.
The Tigers closed the half on a 14-2 run, holding the Governors without a field goal for the final 6:29 of the half as TSU took a 38-27 halftime lead.
Out of the intermission, TSU opened its lead to 50-31 in the opening 3:30 of the second half. The TSU lead remained double-digits until the 5:30 mark when Austin Peay trimmed the edge to 62-54 on two John Murray free throws.
The Governors continued to chip away, eventually taking the lead at 67-66 on Jared Savage’s three with just under a minute left. TSU would not regain the lead on the night.
TSU forced the Governors into 16 turnovers on the night, but Austin Peay shot 48.9 percent from the field and had a 40-37 rebounding edge.
The Tigers will await word on an invitation to a postseason tournament.
GAME NOTES: TSU falls to 28-46 in the all-time series versus Austin Peay… TSU is now 12-24 in OVC Tournament games… TSU falls to 0-7 in OVC Tournament games versus Austin Peay. The 13 rebounds are the most for Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) since recording 17 in a double overtime victory at Stetson on Dec. 14.
Tennessee State Head Coach Dana Ford
“Our players have been great this year. I just tell them how much I appreciate them and how much I love them. They turned the face of the program a completely different direction and the tide has been changed. We just give all of our love and appreciation at a time like this.”
- On his message to the team after the game