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February 04, 20161st2ndFinal
Eastern Kentucky504797
Tennessee State374481
Stats at a GlanceEKUTSUMBB
FG Percentage.640 (32-50) .394 (26-66)
3P FG Percentage.636 (14-22) .381 (8-21)
FT Percentage.826 (19-23) .808 (21-26)
Offensive Rebounds415
Defensive Rebounds2818
Total Rebounds3233
Bench Points1418
PointsHAWKINS - 36
ReboundsMAYO - 10
AssistsJACKSON - 7
StealsREISCHEL - 5
BlocksHAWKINS - 2
TSU Falls to EKU, 97-81
Thursday, February 4, 2016
TSU Falls to EKU, 97-81



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s basketball team was handed a 97-81 home loss by Eastern Kentucky at the Gentry Center on Thursday night. Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) scored a team-high 21 points in the loss.

For the Tigers (15-7, 6-3 OVC), it is only their second home loss of the season and first since a 69-66 loss to Middle Tennessee on Nov. 21. EKU improves to 13-12 and 4-6 in OVC play.

In addition to DeShields’ 21, Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) netted 17 points, Marcus Roper (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) added 16, Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) scored 11 and Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) went for 10.

For EKU, Javontae Hawkins scored a game-high 36 points, and Nick Mayo registered a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards.

The Tigers trailed by eight points in the early going as Reischel knocked down a jumper for an 18-10 EKU advantage with 12:38 to go in the first half. TSU was able to battle back and level the score at 20-20 at the midway point of the half on a three from Roper.

Over the next six-plus minutes, the Tigers’ offense went cold as the Colonels went on a 27-5 run to seize a 47-25 advantage. A 12-3 stretch by the Tigers got TSU back in the game with the score at 50-37 heading into the locker rooms.

EKU shot 72.0 percent from the field in the first half and connected on 7-of-12 attempts from beyond the three-point arc in the opening 20 minutes.

The Tigers had the better of the play early in the second half, trimming the EKU lead down to nine at 67-58 with 12 minutes to play.

TSU would get as close as four points on a pair of Reddick free throws with 5:38 to play to put the score at 81-77 but a 10-2 run by EKU put distance between the two sides as the Colonels came away with the road victory.

TSU held a 33-32 rebounding edge over the Colonels, which shot 64.0 percent (32-for-50) from the field. EKU won despite turning the ball over 20 times.

The Tigers are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 6, for another home test versus Morehead State at 7:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES: TSU falls to 25-33 in the all-time series versus Eastern Kentucky… TSU is 7-2 at the Gentry Center this season… Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.) now has five games with 20 or more points this season… For the second game in a row, the Tigers finished with five players scoring in double figures.

Tennessee State Head Coach Dana Ford

"I’ve got to go back and look at the film. He deserves lot of credit he stepped up and made them. I don’t know how good our defense was. But you’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They had a great scheme and they executed it."

 - On guarding their three-point shooting of Javontae Hawkins

"We just tried to limit his touches but that kid is a tremendous player.  We didn’t do a good job on him at all. Especially in the second half. The reason he didn’t score in the first half is because they had another guy scoring all the points. but he’s a load. You’ve really got to have someone as big as him and maybe as athletic.. and that’s a defensive specialist in our league to guard him. He’s unguardable in our league from the five-man position."

 - On Nick Mayo 

"We’re just trying to make every day count. We don’t talk about first place or anything like that. This is year two of our rebuild and we’re just trying to make every day count."

  - On the OVC Standings 

"We have to play better. We lost at Belmont, we didn’t guard them. We lost at Tennessee Tech, we didn’t guard them. We lost tonight, we didn’t guard them. We’ve got to fix our defense. In the games that we’ve been able to guard people or we match up well defensively, we can win them. We’ve got to figure out a way to win when we don’t match up well with people."

  - On falling in three of their last four