November 23, 20161st2ndFinal
Tennessee State403272
Canisius273158
Stats at a GlanceTSUMBBCAN
FG Percentage.519 (28-54) .352 (19-54)
3P FG Percentage.429 (6-14) .320 (8-25)
FT Percentage.526 (10-19) .480 (12-25)
Offensive Rebounds1412
Defensive Rebounds3119
Total Rebounds4531
Turnovers1915
Steals97
Bench Points2122
LeadersTSUMBBCAN
PointsMARTIN - 14
McCALL - 14
Reese - 13
ReboundsMARTIN - 14
Valenti - 7
AssistsMcCALL - 6
Robertson - 4
StealsMcCALL - 4
Valenti - 2
Johnson - 2
BlocksREED - 1
MARTIN - 1
MEKOWULU - 1
McCALL - 1
CHANEY - 1
Planincic - 4
Tigers Improve to 5-0 with 72-58 Victory at Canisius
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tigers Improve to 5-0 with 72-58 Victory at Canisius
Photo Courtesy of Katherine Seghers

BOX SCORE

BUFFALO, N.Y. --- Double-doubles from Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Jordan Reed (Philadelphia, Pa.) lifted the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 72-58 road victory over Canisius at the Koessler Athletic Center on Wednesday night. TSU, which received one vote in this week’s Associated Press Top 25, is 5-0 for the first time since moving to Division I prior to the 1977-78 season.

Martin finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Reed concluded the night with 13 points and 11 boards for the Tigers. TSU also received double-digit scoring efforts from Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 14 points, six assists and five rebounds to go with 12 points from Delano Spencer (Atlanta, Ga.).

A fast start by Canisius (1-4) put TSU in a 13-7 hole in the opening 3:30 of the game. The Tigers tightened up on defense and battled back to take their first lead at 17-16 with 11:28 left in the half on a three from Spencer.

Trailing later in the half, TSU used a 7-0 run for a 26-21 advantage with 6:30 remaining before halftime.

The Tigers held the Golden Griffins without a field goal for eight minutes and took a 40-27 lead into halftime behind 64 percent shooting (16-for-25) from the field.

TSU continued to play well in the second half, taking a 49-30 lead on a thunderous putback dunk by Reed with 15:39 to play. The TSU lead grew to as much as 21 points on two occasions the rest of the way.

The Tigers’ dominance on the glass again played a factor as TSU held a 45-31 rebounding edge and outscored Canisius by a 36-16 margin in the paint.

Next up, TSU will make its home debut on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Gentry Center versus Reinhardt at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Tennessee State received one vote in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 and is ranked 20th in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25… TSU is 5-0 for the first time since moving to Division I prior to the 1977-78 season… TSU held a 40-27 halftime lead. The 13-point advantage tied for the biggest for the Tigers this season, matching TSU’s lead over Santa Clara through 20 minutes… TSU improves to 2-0 in the all-time series versus Canisius. It was the first meeting between the two sides since Jan. 11, 1964… Wayne Martin recorded his third double-double of the season and 13th of his career… Jordan Reed picked up his 24th career double-double and first in a TSU uniform…  It is the first time TSU has had two players with double-doubles since Wayne Martin and Demontez Loman accomplished the feat on Dec. 14, 2015 at Stetson… Jordan Reed now has 994 career points in his Division I career after scoring 931 during his three seasons at Binghamton before transferring to TSU.

TSU Head Coach Dana Ford
“We’re excited about the win, obviously. There were spurts where we didn’t play well, necessarily, but we played a lot of different lineups today and we haven’t really practiced a lot lately because of the game schedule and travel. We got a little sloppy with 19 turnovers, but I’m happy with the win.”
- Opening Statement

“Solid. It still could have been a little bit better. A couple times they just missed and we didn’t really make them miss. A couple of times they got into the lane but I thought that we did a decent job of rebounding after the first couple minutes of the game. That’s what really helped us. They didn’t really get an opportunity to get may second-chance points. Only two, so that really helped us.”
- On TSU’s defense

“He’s really matured on and off the floor. He’s already graduated. He’s in grad school. He’s got a 4.0 (GPA) in grad school. He does everything you ask. He’s a coach’s dream. He does turn the ball over, but he also steals it from the other team. He’s basically unguardable off the bounce if I were to run that type of system, but he does a good job of trying to do what we want.”
- On Tahjere McCall

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