December 27, 20161st2ndFinal
Tennessee State473481
Stats at a GlanceCCMTSUMBB
FG Percentage.356 (16-45) .474 (27-57)
3P FG Percentage.290 (9-31) .375 (6-16)
FT Percentage.692 (9-13) .700 (21-30)
Offensive Rebounds414
Defensive Rebounds2128
Total Rebounds2542
Bench Points1833
PointsPatjo Twagirayezu - 16
ReboundsCaleb Haynes - 5
Patjo Twagirayezu - 5
AssistsJared Jauch - 3
McCALL - 5
StealsBailey Spragg - 2
Patjo Twagirayezu - 2
McCALL - 2
DUKE - 2
TSU Remains Perfect at Home, Defeats Covenant, 81-50
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
TSU Remains Perfect at Home, Defeats Covenant, 81-50
Photo By Sam Jordan - TSU Athletics


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NASHVILLE --- In the final tune up before the start of Ohio Valley Conference play, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team dominated visiting Covenant in an 81-50 victory on Tuesday night at the Gentry Center.

For TSU (9-3), Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) scored a season-high 17 points with Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) picking up his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

The Scots played well in the early going, taking an 8-7 lead on a Bailey Spragg three-pointer five minutes into the game. The Tigers took the upperhand with a 13-0 run sparked by a trio of three-point field goals from Reddick for a 20-8 lead.

TSU continued to impose its will, quickly growing the advantage to 20 points at 30-10 with 10:46 showing on the first-half clock. The Tigers went on to lead by as many as 26 points before the break and had a 47-24 edge through 20 minutes. TSU forced 13 first-half turnovers and held the Scots to 34.6 percent shooting before the intermission.

The Tigers scored the first 10 points of the second half, helping the lead stretch to 30-plus points for the first time. TSU held Covenant without a field goal for the first 5:35 of the second half.

Covenant would go on to cut the TSU lead to 24 points at 63-39, but that was as close as the visitors would get the rest of the way.

For Covenant, Patjo Twagirayezu scored a team-best 16 points.

TSU held a 42-25 rebounding advantage on the night and forced Covenant into 26 turnovers.

Next up, Tennessee State heads to Murray, Ky. to take on Murray State for the Ohio Valley Conference Opener on Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. The game will air on CBS Sports Network.

GAME NOTES: Tuesday was the first all-time meeting between TSU and Covenant… Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) scored a season-high 17 points. His previous season best was 14 points scored against #5/4 Duke last time out on Dec. 19… With 12 points and 14 rebounds, Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, Tenn.) secured his fifth double-double of the season and 15th of his career… Tennessee State is now 3-0 at home this season and 14-3 over the last two seasons… TSU is 9-3 through 12 games for the second season in a row… The Tigers are 7-1 on the season when leading at halftime and 27-8 in Dana Ford’s three-year tenure.

TSU Head Coach Dana Ford
“I thought our guys competed hard tonight, especially on the glass, something that we have not been doing fairly well in our last couple of games. Coming into this game, we had been outrebounded in our last two games. If we want to obtain our goals, we’re going to have to rebound the ball, we’re going to have to make our free throws, which I thought we did a better job of tonight, and we’re going to have to really get after people and guard them. We need people to shoot contested jump shots. I thought we tried to do those things. Obviously with the big lead sometimes, human nature creeps in there but we tried to keep the rotation fresh and use a lot of bodies to keep minutes down for some guys and get minutes up for others. Overall, pleased with the effort tonight and the fact that we were able to remain healthy going into conference play is something that I’m really excited about.”
- Opening Statement

“I think we just had active hands. We didn’t do any pressing or anything like that, but I think guys had a little more attention to detail on their assignments in the second half. The first half, our defensive assignments were not very good, and that’s something we talked about at halftime. First game after Christmas break, we gave the guys four days off. We did practice last night for a couple of hours, but I was proud to see that our veterans came out the second half and tried to do what we asked them to do, and try to do it in a manner that they look good in representing the university in the way they did it.”
- On the play of the defense

“It was good to see Darreon (Reddick) make shots. He’s a good shooter. We’ve encouraged him to shoot more, along with Delano Spencer. We need those guys to make outside shots if we’re going to be able to obtain our ultimate goals this year. Wayne Martin, we just challenged him to be the best he can be every day, no matter what the circumstance is. It was good to see him have a good game going into league play. It was good to see Tahjere McCall have a pretty balanced game as well. He and Armani Chaney together had about eight assists, which is very pleasing in my sight.”
- On the play of the veterans

“They’re a very talented team. They’ve got a guard who is probably, if not the player of the year, he’s definitely the newcomer of the year in our conference. He’s a tremendous scorer. They’ve got other good players too, guys that I feel like are top 10 level players in our league, on the inside and on the perimeter. They average 80 points a game and we’re going to have to really guard them a little better than we did tonight in terms of assignment-specific things. We know the history of their program, and it’s going to take a 40-minute all-out effort for us obtain our goal.”
- On Facing Murray State

Redshirt-Senior, Tahjere McCall
“I felt like we could have played better defense, but we played good as a team. They were a tough team; they fought way to the end. We started to pick the defensive end up in the second half. Going into conference you need to tighten the screws around this time, especially since we have a game coming up at Murray State. I feel like this was a good game to get us ready for the next game.”
- On thoughts on Win over Covenant

“I do not know if it was good enough for coach (Ford), but we pride ourselves on defense. That is all we practice on. It’s defense, defense, defense and rebounding. Holding them to 35-percent is good, but I am sure there are areas that we will see on film that we did not do what we were supposed to do. But they made some good shots.”
- On the Teams Defensive Play

“I am looking forward to going down there. I feel they are a good team and it is close, so it is a rivalry. Last year was a close game and I believe it is a tossup between us.”
- On Starting OVC Play at Murray State

Redshirt Senior, Wayne Martin
“The break doesn’t give us a reason not to play hard. I think we are a good team and we should be able to come out and play well all the time.”
- On the Effects of the Holiday Break

“My teammates are not going to make every shot they take, so I am just trying to get everything off the glass. And on defense I just try to box out and rebound.”
- On His Fifth Double-Double

“It is going to be big, but it will be just like every other team. They will be just as tough as Duke. We just have to prepare well for every team.”
- On Starting OVC Play at Murray State