|February 15, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MOR-M||TSU|
|FG Percentage||.463 (25-54)||.500 (25-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.469 (15-32)||.480 (12-25)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (9-12)||.913 (21-23)|
HICKS - 1
MEKOWULU - 1
Final Score: Tennessee State 83 – Morehead State 74
Records: TSU (15-11, 10-5 OVC) – Morehead State (6-20, 2-13 OVC)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE --- Delano Spencer put up a career-high 32 points to lift the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to an 83-74 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Morehead State on Thursday night at the Gentry Center. The Tigers have now won seven games in a row.
Spencer, who made a career-best seven three pointers, helped the Tigers (15-11, 10-5 OVC) shoot 50 percent (25-of-50) from the floor.
The Tigers maintained the upper hand for most of the game, leading for 33:37 of the 40 minutes. After taking a 35-30 edge into the locker room, TSU stretched its lead to as many as 18 points in the second half. Morehead State (6-20, 2-13 OVC) trimmed the Tigers’ edge down to five before TSU regained the momentum to pull away.
Darreon Reddick (12), Kamar McKnight (11) and Armani Chaney (10) also scored in double figures for TSU on the night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU LEADERS
- POINTS – Delano Spencer - 32
- REBOUNDS – Christian Mekowulu - 11
- ASSISTS – Armani Chaney - 6
- Delano Spencer hit a career-high seven three pointers on the night.
- It was the fourth time Spencer has made five of more three pointers in a game this season.
- Spencer’s previous career high for points was 26 set against Lipscomb on Dec. 2, 2017.
- The last time a TSU player scored 30 or more points in a game was Jan. 28, 2016 when Keron DeShields put up 37 points at Tennessee Tech.
- Spencer scored in double figures for the 23rd time this season and the 34th time in his career.
- Darreon Reddick scored in double figures for the 12th time this season and the 42nd time in his career.
- Armani Chaney scored 10 points to reach double digit points for the sixth time this season and the 13th time in his career.
- OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week Kamar McKnight reached double-digit points for the 13th time this year.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Delano Spencer drilled four of his first five shots to give the Tigers a 13-8 lead eight minutes into the game.
- An 8-2 run by the Eagles later in the half put TSU in a 16-15 hole with just under nine minutes to go in the first half.
- The first half continued to see-saw with the Tigers taking a 35-30 lead into the locker rooms.
- Out of the intermission, TSU continued to maintain the edge and later utilized a 9-0 run to take an 18-point advantage at 54-36 with 12 minutes to play.
- Morehead State cut the TSU lead down to 67-62 with five minutes left on an A.J. Hicks three before the Tigers responded with an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach.
- TSU is now 34-37 in the all-time series versus Morehead State.
- TSU defeated Morehead State earlier this season by a 61-58 margin in Morehead, Ky. on Feb. 1, 2018.
- The last time TSU went 2-0 versus Morehead State in a season was 2012 when the Tigers won the only regular season matchup before again beating the Eagles in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
- The last time TSU swept the regular season series with Morehead State was 2006.
HEAD COACH DANA FORD
“Morehead (State) really shot the ball well tonight, and they’ve got some good young players. Coach Preston (Spradlin) is doing a great job. Boy I tell you, they shot it well from three, they drove us, they competed on the glass… you have to tip your hat to them. But for our guys, to be able to win a game that’s high scoring is good for us. I thought we took care of the ball tonight. Armani Chaney was good down the stretch, Delano Spencer obviously was hot, Darreon Reddick was good as always and got good production from our interior guys, especially on the board. We rebounded in crucial times of the game and we made all the right plays. Morehead (State) played a great game.”
-Overview of the game
“Very proud of him. He works on his game, he gets up extra shots. He had a great offseason, his defense has been really good this year, he’s been all about the team and hopefully he can duplicate that on senior night. He’s shot the ball well all year. The only time he doesn’t shoot them well is when he takes them beyond NBA (range). Whenever he’s toeing the line, and got his feet set, he’s about as good of a shooter in our league that we have.”
-On Delano Spencer’s career-high 32 points
“That feels really good. It’s what it’s all about. It’s a one-bid league. We’d like to play the least amount of games in the least amount of days, but I don’t think we have a chance for the top two seeds. But I guess we can be anywhere from number three to six or seven or whatever. The higher, the better.”
-On having a guaranteed spot in the tournament
“Well he’s a human being. He can’t be great every game. It’s a true testament to our team. That we’re still able to beat some quality teams even if our inside guy isn’t at his best. He’ll bounce back on Saturday, and he’ll bounce back to finish the rest of the year. He’s a high-character kid.”
-On Christian Mekowulu
“We’re trying to keep momentum going into March, pick up the right time and just keep playing the right way and try to get better every game. You know, work on our weaknesses, take care of the ball, rebound and defend, and we should come out with a win. That’s what we did and we did a good job tonight.”
-On the importance of getting a win
“Our motto is no two, no teams can win with all threes. They made 15 tonight, and they were close, but as long as we limit the twos and limit the threes, we can limit the drives, be in the gap, we’ll leave the threes.”
-On withstanding Morehead State’s run
“My teammates keeping me involved. Finding all my spots, and me stepping up and making shots when we needed them – and Coach Ford’s plan paying attention to detail on offense and defense. I felt defense led to the offense tonight, so just that.”
-On scoring a career-high 32 points
“We usually hold teams to like 50 or 40 points, but tonight we just had to stay focused. Down the stretch we just played better defense.”
-On winning when the opposing team puts up 70
- TSU plays its final home game of the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. versus Eastern Kentucky.
- Prior to the game, seniors Delano Spencer, Ken’Darrius Hamilton and Darreon Reddick will be honored for their dedication to the program with a ceremony.
- Saturday’s games are scheduled to air live on the OVC Digital Network and 102.1 The Ville.