|December 19, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||DU|
|FG Percentage||.431 (22-51)||.373 (19-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.125 (2-16)||.333 (8-24)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (9-15)||.594 (19-32)|
McCALL - 14
- 8||Amile Jefferson
- 3||Jayson Tatum
Matt Jones - 3
- 3||Matt Jones
- 1||Jayson Tatum
DURHAM, N.C. --- Playing at historic Cameron Indoor Stadium in front of a national audience, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team fell by a 65-55 final score to #5/4 Duke on Monday night on ESPN2. Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) and Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) led TSU with 14 points apiece.
Tennessee State (8-3) trailed by just four at halftime and had the lead early in the second half. Duke (11-1), which is ranked fifth in the Associated Press Top 25 and is ranked fourth in the USA Today Coaches Poll, used a 13-0 run in the second half to retake the lead for good.
TSU’s defense again came up big, limiting Duke to 28.0 percent shooting in the first half and 37.3 percent for the game. On the offensive end, Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Jordan Reed (Philadelphia, Pa.) added nine points apiece for the Tigers.
Just past the mid-way point of the first half, Reddick’s three gave TSU a 13-12 lead. Down by one later in the half, TSU used a 6-0 run that included two McCall layups for a 19-14 edge with 6:47 remaining.
Duke closed the gap, ending the half on a 13-4 run.
A strong effort by the Tigers’ defense in the first half limited Duke to 7-for-25 shooting as TSU trailed by four, 27-23, heading into the locker room. Reddick had a team-best 10 first-half points.
In the second half, a tough layup by McCall gave TSU a 32-21 lead with 16:32 left, and later, Martin’s jumper put TSU ahead, 36-34.
From there, Duke put together a 13-0 run to seize control of the game with a 47-36 advantage with 10:38 showing on the clock. The Blue Devils had another run later, reeling off eight-straight points for a 59-39 lead.
TSU clawed back into the game to cut the Duke lead down to 10, eventually falling 65-55.
Ken’Darrius Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala.) secured a team-best eight rebounds for the visitors.
For Duke, Luke Kennard posted 24 points with Jayson Tatum adding 14 and Grayson Allen chipping in with 12.
Next up, TSU hosts Covenant on Dec. 27 at the Gentry Center for a 7 p.m. tip.
GAME NOTES: Monday marked the first ever meeting between TSU and Duke… Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) scored in double figures for the fifth time this season and the 23rd time in his career. TSU is now 0-10 in games versus Atlantic Coast Conference teams… TSU is 1-34 in games versus teams in the Associated Press Top 25… Duke has not lost a non-conference home game since Feb. 26, 2000.
TSU Head Coach Dana Ford
“I’m proud of our guys. There was a stretch there in the second half where we got mixed up in transition. I thought that really got the crowd into it, and we gave up some uncontested looks, but I thought we really competed on the glass. I thought we tried to take care of the ball. We only had 13 turnovers, which was definitely an emphasis for this game. Late there in the second half (Jayson) Tatum really made some tough shots and really kind of took the air out of us. I’m very proud of how hard our guys continued to fight, and we just have to try to learn from this. Hopefully we realize that if we play as a team, we currently feel like we can play with anybody in the country, but we’re trying to get to the point where we can consistently compete against high level teams. Our goal is to win our conference and play in the NCAA Tournament.
- Opening Statement
“It is. Only if we take that attention to detail we did to play these teams and prepare for everyone else on our schedule. That’s the reason we play these games, so I can show them that if you pay attention to detail and do what we ask them to do, we can play with anybody. When conference play gets here, it will be a little different. We’ll be playing two games a week and won’t have as much preparation time, but if they commit to the attention to detail, play together as a team, then we should be able to win our fair share in our league.”
- On if playing Duke and NC State will get the team ready for OVC Play
“Live-ball turnovers. In transition, you’ve got no chance. They’ve got five guys out there that can really push it. 6’8, 6’6, you’ve got no chance. The second thing was no paint. Although Duke has made the most three pointers of any team in the last 10 years, we felt like we’d rather let them shoot threes than lay it in our basket. We did a good job of those two things except for transition there in the second half.”
- Main thing trying to take away from Duke
Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski
“It was a game where two teams really know how to play defense. There were points that were very difficult tonight. They’re a very good basketball team, they’ll have a chance at winning their conference. I told our guys this was the kind of opponent that you face in the NCAA Tournament—old, really well-coached team, and they play defense and rebound—in other words the two things they do best are play defense and rebound, so that’s going to come every night. I thought we did that tonight or else we would’ve lost..."
- Thoughts on the game
TSU Guard Tahjere McCall
“We played really hard. I’m proud of the team. I think it was a really good game until that one span. I think Luke (Kennard) hit a couple threes that really got them going. They took off. I’m proud of how we played and didn’t give up. That’s always a good thing. It just shows that we can play with a lot of teams in the country. Now we just have to get to a point, like Coach (Dana Ford) said, where we can win these games.”
- On the team’s performance
“I don’t know if I did too well because we lost, but it felt good to play on a stage like this with everybody watching. We really showed up and played well as a team. We could have won the game, we feel like, so it felt good and it’s a wake-up call for us.”
- On playing well as a team and scoring 14 points individually