November 11, 20161st2ndFinal
UC Davis263864
Tennessee State294978
Stats at a GlanceUCDTSUMBB
FG Percentage.377 (20-53) .404 (23-57)
3P FG Percentage.321 (9-28) .350 (7-20)
FT Percentage.556 (15-27) .658 (25-38)
Offensive Rebounds716
Defensive Rebounds2632
Total Rebounds3348
Bench Points3015
PointsSchneider - 22
McCALL - 20
ReboundsMoneke - 14
AssistsGraham - 4
Schneider - 4
McCALL - 6
StealsGraham - 2
McCALL - 6
BlocksMoneke - 1
REED - 1
Tigers Power Past UC Davis, 78-64, in Season Opener
Friday, November 11, 2016
Tigers Power Past UC Davis, 78-64, in Season Opener
Photo By Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics


SANTA CLARA, Calif. --- Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a team-high 20 points and Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) registered a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 78-64 victory over UC Davis in Friday’s season opener at the Leavey Center at the Cable Car Classic.

The Tigers (1-0) led by as many as 15 points in the first half before UC Davis (0-1) mounted a comeback and took the lead in the second half. Down 57-56 with just over four minutes left, the Tigers outscored the Aggies, 22-7, down the stretch to pull away.

For Martin, it was his 11th career double-double, helping the Tigers outrebound UC Davis by a 48-33 margin.

Tennessee State dominated the opening 11 minutes of the game, using an 11-0 run capped by an A’Torey Everett (Dallas, Texas) three-pointer for a 23-8 lead. TSU held UC Davis to single-digit points for a majority of the first half as the Aggies did not score their 10th point until the 8:50 mark of the opening half.

The Aggies clawed back into the game and pulled to within two points at 28-26 thanks to a 10-0 run.

TSU took a slight 29-26 advantage into the locker room.

UC Davis took its first lead of the game on a Brynton Lemar jumper with 14:25 left in the second half, giving the Aggies a 39-37 advantage.

The score see-sawed back and forth with both teams exchanging baskets. McCall’s three with four minutes left gave the Tigers the lead for good at 59-57.

Samson Oyediran (London, England) added to TSU's lead when he banked in a three from straight away for a 66-58 advantage with 2:21 remaining. The Tigers’ edge reached double-digits on the next possession on a Martin jumper to put the score at 68-58. The Aggies pulled within nine points on two occasions, but that was as close as they would get.

The Tigers are back in action tomorrow for day two of the Cable Car Classic. TSU squares off with Northern Arizona at 10:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. CT).

GAME NOTES: Friday marked the first-ever meeting between UC Davis and TSU… TSU has gone 3-0 in season openers under Head Coach Dana Ford. Senior Wayne Martin recorded his 11th career double-double after putting up 10 double-doubles a year ago... Making their TSU debuts were Ken’Darrius Hamilton, Jordan Reed, A’Torey Everett, Delano Spencer and Xavier Williams. 

TSU Guard Tahjere McCall

“Coach has been talking about it all week. It’s always hard on the road, especially in the first game. You never know what to expect. You don’t have any film. The other team did a great job, so it was really hard. It means a lot to us to get the first win out of the way.”
- On winning the opener

“My teammates were working. I made a couple shots, but I couldn’t do it without them passing, rebounding and screening. It’s team basketball and I happen to be the guy to get some open looks because of them.”
-On scoring 20 points

TSU Forward Wayne Martin

“I think we played great today. We were on the glass heavy today. We were offensive rebounding and team rebounding a lot. I like that. We played as a team. Offensive rebounding and rebounding is what will get us wins and get us where we want to be.”
- On the team’s performance

“It feels great to get the first win. For a lot of our guys, it’s their first time playing Division I. They got their jitters out and now they know what a Division I feels like. It was good.”
- On being 1-0

“My jump shot was falling today. Rebounding and offensive rebounding is always going to be what I do.”
- On picking up a double-double