2015-16 Men's Basketball Season in Review
Thursday, June 2, 2016
2015-16 Men's Basketball Season in Review


  • The Tennessee State men's basketball team finished the 2015-16 season with a 20-11 overall record and an 11-5 record in the Ohio Valley Conference. 

  • It was the program's third 20-win season at the Division I level and tied the program's D-1 record for wins in a season. 

  • TSU tied for the second best record in the OVC regular season (11-5), was the No. 4 seed in the OVC Tournament and earned a first round bye. 

  • The Tigers' season concluded with a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. TSU fell in the first round to Ball State, 78-73, in double overtime on March 15 at the Gentry Center. 

  • TSU tied for the biggest turnaround in the country, improving by 15.0 games. TSU finished 5-26 in 2014-15 and improved to 20-11 in 2015-16. The NCAA record for biggest turnaround is 17.5 games by Towson in 2012-13. 

  • The 2015-16 Tigers tied the record for single-season wins at the Gentry Center with 11. 

  • The Tigers won seven-consecutive non-conference games spanning from Nov. 24- Dec. 19. The seven-game winning streak was the longest for TSU since the 2012-13 season. 

  • TSU was the only Ohio Valley Conference team to finish the regular season with single-digit losses (9). 

  • The Tigers tied for the most non-conference wins (9) of any OVC team heading into conference play. The nine non-conference wins were the most for TSU since joining the OVC prior to the 1987-88 season. 

  • TSU finished 17th in the nation in average increased attendance. The Tigers averaged 2,500 fans for their 14 home games at the Gentry Center in 2015-16, which was an increase of 1,164 fans from the program’s 2014-15 average attendance of 1,336.
  • TSU Head Coach Dana Ford was voted Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year. It is the third time a TSU coach has earned the award after Frankie Allen was honored in 1993 and was Co-Coach of the Year in 1995.

  • Ford was also named NABC District 19 Coach of the Year, BoxToRow Coach of the Year - HBCU Coach of the Year, and the CollegeInsider.com Ben Jobe Award winner - Nation's Top Division I Minority Coach. 
  • Redshirt-junior guard Tahjere McCall earned OVC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-OVC and a spot on the OVC All-Newcomer Team. McCall is the first TSU player to earn OVC Defensive Player of the Year, which was first handed out in 2008-09.

  • Redshirt-senior guard Keron DeShields earned First Team All-OVC and a spot on the OVC All-Newcomer Team.

  • It is the second time TSU has had two OVC First Team honorees and first time since 1994-95 when Tim Horton and Monty Wilson were honored.

  • Redshirt-junior forward Wayne Martin recorded 10 double-doubles on the season. 

  • In his first game with TSU, Martin scored 27 points and had 21 rebounds in a road win at Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 13. He was the first Ohio Valley Conference player to record a 20-20 game since Kenneth Faried in 2010-11. 

  • Martin was named OVC Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 16, and OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 21. 

  • Freshman guard Armani Chaney earned OVC Co-Freshman of the Week on Feb. 15. 

  • McCall earned OVC Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 11. 

  • Tennessee State led the OVC and ranked 63rd in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.413). 

  • Tahjere McCall set TSU's single-season record with 72 steals. He led the OVC and was 16th in the nation in total steals. McCall's 2.32 steals per game were also top in the OVC and good enough for ninth in the country. 

  • Keron DeShields finished seventh in the OVC in points per game with 16.5 points per game.