|January 14, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||MORM|
|FG Percentage||.556 (30-54)||.482 (27-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.467 (7-15)||.435 (10-23)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (18-24)||.852 (23-27)|
MOREHEAD, Ky. --- Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished with a season-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds, but the Tennessee State men’s basketball team suffered an 87-85 road loss to Morehead State at Johnson Arena on Saturday night.
TSU (12-6, 3-2 OVC) trailed by nine points in the second half before storming all the way back to tie the score at 85-85 on a three from Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 1:04 left. After turnovers from both teams, Treshaad Williams finished a layup with 3.7 seconds left for an 87-85 lead for Morehead State (7-11, 3-2 OVC).
A long-distance three-pointer from McCall at the buzzer nearly went in, bouncing off the rim and out.
For the Tigers, Delano Spencer (Atlanta, Ga.) finished with 18 points off the bench with Jordan Reed (Philadelphia, Pa.) scoring 16 points and McCall adding 12.
In first half action, Martin came up with a steal and a breakaway dunk followed by a Reed three pointer for a 13-9 lead nine minutes into the game.
Morehead State recovered, however, scoring 14 of the game’s next 16 points for a 24-15 advantage with 6:29 left in the half. The Tigers trimmed the deficit down to three points on two occasions the rest of the half, the second coming on two free throws from Ken’Darrius Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala.) with 1:34 on the clock.
TSU shot 52.2 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes but headed into the intermission trailing 38-32.
After the Morehead State lead grew to nine, the Tigers used a 7-0 run capped by a Reed tip-in to put TSU down just two at 50-48 with 13:53 remaining.
A 10-3 run for the Eagles stretched the advantage back up to nine points at 60-51 with 11:23 on the clock.
With just over two minutes remaining, Morehead State still led by six points. TSU closed the gap on a three from Spencer and two Reed free throws. McCall’s three with just over a minute left tied it up at 85-85 before Williams’ game-winning layup on the other end.
Up next, TSU returns to the Gentry Center to host Tennessee Tech on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Tennessee State is now 31-37 in the all-time series versus Morehead State… TSU is 7-5 in games away from the Gentry Center this season.
TSU Head Coach Dana Ford
“I thought our guys really competed hard. Obviously, the outcome is not what we’d like for it be, but they did everything I asked them to do tonight. I’m very proud of them. They continue to battle. We had a shot to win it at the end, and we’ve got to do a better job of putting the guys into position to be more successful on the road.”
- On how the team played
“He was awesome - practically unguardable, especially in the second half. The guards did a great job of getting him the ball. He finished around the rim and made his free throws. He took a couple hits and kept on ticking. He’s an all-league player and that’s what we expect from him, especially on the road.”
- On the play of Wayne Martin
“It will be good to get home and take care of our home court. We’ve got two really good opponents coming in there. If we can take care of business at home, we’ll be right where we’d like to be.”
- On playing at home for the next two games.