|February 09, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSUMBB||TTU|
|FG Percentage||.482 (27-56)||.370 (17-46)|
|3P FG Percentage||.417 (10-24)||.321 (9-28)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (8-10)||.615 (16-26)|
MACK - 4
MARTIN - 2
PHOTO GALLERY - BY THOMAS CORHERN
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. --- Balanced scoring with five players reaching double figures carried the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 72-59 road win at Tennessee Tech at the Eblen Center on Thursday night. Ken’Darrius Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala.) recorded his second-consecutive double-double with a career-high 21 points to go with 10 rebounds.
The win helps TSU improve to 15-10 overall and 6-6 in Ohio Valley Conference play, while the Golden Eagles fall to 10-17 and 6-6 in the OVC.
Also scoring in double figures for the Tigers were Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 15, Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) adding 13, Delano Spencer (Atlanta, Ga.) with 11 and Armani Chaney (Chicago, Ill.) scoring 10.
A dominant first half by the Tigers gave the visitors a 36-19 halftime edge. TSU shot 46.7 percent in the opening half and held the Golden Eagles to just 35 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
A three from Hamilton elevated the Tigers’ early lead to 20-6 to cap an 11-0 run for the visitors.
On the last play of the first half, Hamilton again came up with a big play, cleaning up on the offensive glass and finishing a layup for a 17-point halftime edge.
TSU continued to lead by at least 12 points throughout the second half en route to victory sparked by 10 second-half points from Reddick.
The Tigers’ advantage reached a game-high 21 points with 2:34 to play.
Tennessee State, which finished with a 38-28 rebounding advantage, shot 48.2 percent for the game while limiting the Golden Eagles to 37.0. TSU finished with 15 assists as a team, which are the third most for the Tigers in a game this season.
The Tigers continue their road trip at Jacksonville State on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Tennessee State levels the all-time series versus Tennessee Tech to 32-32… Over the last two seasons, TSU is 6-2 when playing a team for the second time on the year… TSU fell to Tennessee Tech by an 80-74 margin in overtime in the first meeting on Jan. 19 at the Gentry Center… TSU had five players score in double figures for the first time since Jan. 25 at SIUE.
TSU Head Coach Dana Ford
“I’m just proud of our guys. They deserve all the credit. They came out and really defended well and shared the ball without turning it over and limited them to one shot. If we defend, rebound and take care of the ball, we’ll give ourselves a chance to win most games.”
- On the team’s effort
“I thought it was great. We had 15 assists, which makes us hard to guard. It gives us more space. If we can finish around the basket a little more, it will make us even better. We still need other guys to step up and play well, and I believe that they will.”
- On balanced scoring
“That’s what we expect. Not to say that it’s always got to be 20 (points) and 10 (rebounds), but we’ll take it every time. That’s what he’s supposed to do. That’s his job. We’re excited; we’re happy, but at the same time, that’s what he needs to do as well as some other guys.”
- On Ken’Darrius Hamilton’s second-straight double-double
“He’s a true point guard. He really helps us. He shares the ball, he can score the ball, he can finish at the rim and can shoot the ball. He’s a good player. We’ve got to get him a little better defensively, but it’s hard to complain. “
- On the play of Armani Chaney