March 15, 20161st2nd1OT 2OT Final
Ball State1438121478
Tennessee State272512973
Stats at a GlanceBSUTSUMBB
FG Percentage.400 (24-60) .353 (24-68)
3P FG Percentage.424 (14-33) .455 (10-22)
FT Percentage.727 (16-22) .682 (15-22)
Offensive Rebounds1612
Defensive Rebounds3522
Total Rebounds5134
Bench Points2119
PointsTYLER - 25
ReboundsMOSES - 13
AssistsMOSES - 6
StealsKIAPWAY - 1
BlocksMOSES - 3
Tigers End Season with 78-73 Loss to Ball State in CIT First Round
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Tigers End Season with 78-73 Loss to Ball State in CIT First Round



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s basketball team’s historic season came to a close with a 78-73 loss to Ball State at the Gentry Center in the first round of the Postseason Tournament on Monday night.

The Tigers (20-11) tied the school’s Division I record with 20 wins, marking the third 20-win season in the program's D-1 history. TSU also finished tied with the school record for home wins at the Gentry Center with 11.

Playing in postseason play for the fifth time at the Division I level and in the CIT for the third time, the Tigers were led by 25 points from Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) to go with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals by Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.).

TSU held a 27-14 halftime edge, but Ball State (20-13) outscored the Tigers by a 38-25 margin in the second half to force overtime. In the first overtime, both teams scored 12 points before the Cardinals earned the win by outscoring the Tigers, 14-9, in the second overtime.  

TSU sprinted out to a 20-3 lead as the Tigers held Ball State to 1-for-16 shooting in the first 11 minutes.

The Tigers held the Cardinals to single digits until the 3:46 mark of the first half when a Jeremie Tyler three cut the TSU lead down to 22-10.

Tennessee State’s stifling defense limited Ball State to 5-for-29 (17.2 percent) shooting in the first half as the Tigers took a 27-14 lead into the locker rooms. The 14 points are the fewest allowed by TSU in a half this season.

Ball State continued to climb back into the game and took its first lead on Trey Moses’ three pointer for a 45-44 advantage with 5:57 left in regulation.

The game went back-and-forth until DeShields’ free throw level the score at 52-52 with 17.7 seconds left. On Ball State’s last possession of regulation, the Cardinals’ layup attempt was off the mark, forcing overtime.

In the first overtime session, Ball State took a 62-58 lead with 1:06 left before the Tigers were able to close the period with a 6-2 run capped by DeShields’ three with 5.7 seconds to send the game to double overtime.

During the second overtime, the Cardinals quickly jumped out to a five-point lead at 69-64 with 3:26 left. TSU was never able to recover, getting as close as two points the rest of the way.

The Tigers, which forced 31 turnovers on the night, were led on the glass by Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 11 boards. Ball State was paced by 25 points from Tyler and 20 points from Ryan Weber.

GAME NOTES: TSU is now 0-3 all-time in the Postseason Tournament… The Tigers fall to 2-1 in the all-time series versus Ball State… TSU is 41-18 all-time in postseason tournaments… TSU was appearing in postseason play at the Division I level for the fifth time… TSU held Ball State to just 14 points in the first half. It is the fewest points TSU has allowed in a half this season and the third time the Tigers have held a team under 20 points in a half… TSU played its second overtime game of the season and first since a 93-90 double overtime win at Stetson on Dec. 14.

Tennessee State Head Coach Dana Ford

“They’re a good team. They score a lot of points and for one half, I thought we did a good job of guarding them. They only scored 14 points in the first half, but for whatever reason, I didn’t do a good enough job at halftime of getting our guys to come back out with the same amount of intensity and fire for two halves.”

  • On what worked early.

“They’ve very thankful for what they have. They’re not a group that hopes and yearns for the things that they don’t have. From a coaching standpoint, it’s difficult because we have an obligation to win games.”

  • On the play of the team during the season.


Tennessee State Guard Keron DeShields

“Credit to them. They came back with a game plan to go against our defense and they executed. Their guys hit a lot of big shots and we didn’t. They did a great job on me and (Tahjere) McCall. We were able to hit shots late to stay in it, but we should have never been in that situation.”

  • On the loss

“We did win 10 games in the last two years, so we doubled that production. Stay with us. I’m still a Tiger for the rest of my life no matter what. I just want them to stay with us because next year we will be ready.”

  • On winning 20 games


Ball State Head Coach James Whitford

“Eventually, we told our players, whoever he’s not guarding, we want to be the point guard. If he’s guarding you, you just run down the court and let someone else bring it up because he’s so fierce defensively. We just basically gave up running our stuff with him guarding our guys.”

  • On the play of Tahjere McCall