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December 05, 20151st2ndFinal
Tennessee State334174
Stats at a GlanceSTETTSUMBB
FG Percentage.340 (16-47) .477 (31-65)
3P FG Percentage.083 (1-12) .118 (2-17)
FT Percentage.808 (21-26) .909 (10-11)
Offensive Rebounds816
Defensive Rebounds1925
Total Rebounds2741
Bench Points1714
PointsNEWTON - 20
ReboundsTEAM - 7
LOMAN - 12
AssistsMYLES - 2
StealsMYLES - 3
BlocksNEWTON - 1
Tigers Sprint Past Stetson, 74-54; Match 2014-15 Win Total
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Tigers Sprint Past Stetson, 74-54; Match 2014-15 Win Total



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After posting a 5-26 record a year ago, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team matched last year’s win total with a 74-54 home victory over Stetson on Saturday afternoon at the Gentry Center to improve to 5-2 on the season. Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) secured his fifth double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead TSU.

Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) chipped in with 19 points, while Demontez Loman (South Port, N.C.) pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds in the win. Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) facilitated the offense with a career-high eight assists to go with eight points, five rebounds and five steals. 

The Tigers (5-2) posted a strong defensive effort, holding Stetson (3-6) to 18-first half points and a season low 54 points for the game. The Hatters entered Saturday averaging 82.9 points per game.

Tennessee State set the tone on the defensive end early, limiting Stetson to just four points in the first 9:23 of the game, opening on a 13-4 run. A no-look pass in the lane from McCall led to an uncontested two-handed dunk for Martin to cap the stretch.

Stetson cut the deficit down to three points twice in the first half, the last coming on Cameron Harvey’s jumper with 7:53 left cut the lead down to 15-12. An 8-0 run by TSU, however, put the lead back up to 11 with 4:21 left in the first. DeShields’ nifty pass that led to a McCall catch and layup in one motion gave the home side a 23-12 edge.  

The Tigers took a 15-point advantage into the half with a 33-18 lead. For TSU, which never trailed in the game, it is the third time holding an opponent to 20 or fewer points in a half this season.

Following the intermission, Stetson began the second half on a 7-0 spurt to cut the deficit down to 33-25 with 17:54 to go. The tide quickly turned for TSU with a dominating 19-0 run that put the game out of reach. The lead reached 20 at 45-25 on a pair of McCall free throws with 14:24 to play.

The biggest lead for the Tigers came when freshman Armani Chaney (Chicago, Ill.) corralled a rebound and drove the length of the court for a layup and a 52-25 lead with 11:53 to go.

For the Tigers, 12 different players saw action in the second half.  

Stetson was led by 20 points from Derick Newton to go with 15 points for Divine Myles.

The Tigers shot 47.7 percent (31-for-65) from the field and limited the Hatters to 34.0 percent (16-for-47) on the other end. On the glass, TSU finished with 41 boards to Stetson’s 27.

Next on the schedule, the Tigers head to Chicago, Ill. for a neutral site game versus Grambling State.

GAME NOTE: Saturday marked the second all-time meeting between Stetson and Tennessee State… TSU won the first matchup by a 65-53 final score in the 1967 NCAA Division II Tournament… Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) picked up his sixth double-digit scoring game of the season… Demontez Loman (South Port, N.C.) finished with 12 rebounds for his second career double-digit rebounding effort… The 18 points scored by Stetson in the first half were the fewest by the Hatters in a half this season since putting up 27 in the second half at West Virginia on Nov. 20... Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) secured his fifth double-double of the season.

TSU Head Coach Dana Ford

“I’m very happy about the win today. I’m extremely happy with our defensive effort, especially in the first half; our ability to guard the three and keep them off the free throw line. Stetson can really score, so just not a lot to be unhappy about today.”

  • On Today’s Win 

“We are building our program on defense and rebounding. We had goals coming into the game: amount of three pointers we wanted to give up, amount of free throws we wanted to give up, staying out of rotation. We had a week to prepare and we really had the guys’ attention. We just really sat down and guarded them today. Our guys have really bought into it, and it’s obviously our best attribute.

  • On TSU’s defensive effort.

“He is the toughest guy that we have. His main role is to provide toughness, confidence and stability. He’s very hard to take off the floor. He’s not even our best perimeter defender, but he makes up for it by his toughness. Offensively, he very rarely turns the ball over.”

  • On the play of Keron DeShields


Tennessee State Guard Keron DeShields

“We’ve been working on our offense a little bit more. We’re trying to get our feel back. I think if we continue to keep working on it, our offense is going to eventually match up with our defense. Coach Ford is a defensive coach, so as long as we keep playing defense, he’s going to be happy.”

  • On how the offense is progressing


Tennessee State Forward Demontez Loman

“I want to rebound. I told my teammates I want to get 10 rebounds a night. I’m trying to outrebound Wayne Martin. If we have Wayne and me rebounding, it’s going to be hard to stop both of us, especially going down the stretch in OVC play.”

  • On his 12 rebounds

Tennessee State Forward Wayne Martin

“Coach has been on me about the last three games. He’s been telling me I have to do better and I have to make layups. From how I have been playing, a good game was overdue, so that’s why I really played like that today.”

  • On posting 20 points and 10 rebounds