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January 25, 20171st2ndFinal
Tennessee State324476
Stats at a GlanceTSUMBBSIUE
FG Percentage.571 (28-49) .422 (19-45)
3P FG Percentage.571 (8-14) .385 (5-13)
FT Percentage.750 (12-16) .565 (13-23)
Offensive Rebounds128
Defensive Rebounds2112
Total Rebounds3320
Bench Points1125
PointsSPENCER - 14
ReboundsREED - 7
AssistsMcCALL - 12
StealsMcCALL - 4
BlocksMEKOWULU - 2
Tigers Cruise Past SIUE, 76-56
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Tigers Cruise Past SIUE, 76-56



EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. --- Balanced scoring with five players reaching double figures carried the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a convincing 76-56 road win at SIUE on Wednesday night at the Vadalabene Center. TSU improved to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the OVC, snapping a three-game slide for the Tigers.

Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.), who grew up down the road from Edwardsville in Belleville, tied for the team lead with 14 points. Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Delano Spencer (Atlanta, Ga.) also scored 14 points apiece with Christian Mekowulu (Lagos, Nigeria) adding 12. Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) facilitated the offense with 11 points and a career-high 12 assists on the night.

The Tigers held a 32-18 halftime edge over SIUE (5-17, 0-8 OVC) and led by as many as 24 points in the second half.

With TSU clinging to a two-point edge with just over eight minutes left in the first half, Spencer drilled a deep three and McCall turned a steal into a breakaway dunk for a 21-14 advantage.

Back-to-back layups by Martin stretched TSU’s lead to double-digits at 25-14 with just over five minutes to go before halftime.

McCall’s jumper with 1:29 left in the half helped TSU take a 32-18 lead into the locker room.

An 8-2 run by SIUE to open the second half trimmed the TSU advantage down to eight points at 34-26.

Reddick answered with a three on the next possession to stop the run as TSU would lead by double figures the rest of the game. With 8:30 left in the game, the advantage for the Tigers grew to 20 for the first time on McCall’s layup.

The Tigers led by 14 or more points the rest of the way to pick up their eighth win away from home this season.

Carlos Anderson led the Cougars with 15 points on the night.

TSU, which shot 57.1 percent, dominated on the glass with 33 rebounds to 20 for SIUE.

Next on the schedule for TSU is a home game versus Belmont at 7:30 p.m. at the Gentry Center in Nashville.

GAME NOTES: Tennessee State improves to 7-1 in the all-time series versus SIUE… The last time TSU held an opponent to fewer than 20 points in half was Dec. 14, 2016, when the Tigers limited Alabama State to 13 points through 20 minutes… Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) is the first TSU player with double-digit assists since Patrick Miller tallied 12 on March 8, 2013 against Belmont in the OVC Semifinals.

TSU Head Coach Dana Ford

“I thought our guys played a really good, complete game on both sides of the ball. We got back to defending a little bit to what we’ve become accustomed to, in terms of what we hold people to, especially in the first half. We held them to 18 points. We tweaked the lineup to put guys out there that shoot the ball to give us some offense. Sometimes we were dead in the water and they stepped up and did it. The guys played a good, complete game  and played as a team. We’re obviously happy with the outcome.”
- Opening Statement

“He’s been awesome. He just does what you ask him to as a coach. If you tell him to cut the court in half, he’ll cut the court in half. If you tell him to close out with his hands up every time, he’ll do it every time. He’s just a joy to coach. He’s a high-character kid. You know what you’re going to get, and as a coach, consistency is what we really appreciate.”

TSU Guard Darreon Reddick

“It’s always good to come home. I had a lot of people on my ticket list, so it’s always good to play in front of family and friends.”
- On playing close to his hometown

“We were on a three-game losing streak, and we weren’t playing TSU basketball. We had to get back to our standard of guarding and rebounding. We tried to come out as a team and just guard the ball and rebound and take care of the ball. If we do that, we should be able to win almost every game.”
- On the team’s effort