|February 16, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MOR||TSUMBB|
|FG Percentage||.270 (17-63)||.479 (23-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.300 (3-10)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (10-14)||.833 (15-18)|
McCALL - 3
PHOTO GALLERY - BY KATHERINE SEGHERS
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men’s basketball team secured a crucial Ohio Valley Conference victory, taking down Morehead State, 64-52, in an ESPNU broadcast at the Gentry Center on Thursday night. The win guarantees TSU its second-consecutive winning season.
TSU (16-11, 7-7 OVC) held Morehead State (13-13, 9-4 OVC) to 27.0 percent shooting on the night and outscored the Eagles by a 36-16 margin in the paint. Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) picked up his 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.) scored 13 points.
Tennessee State sprinted out of the gate and took 12-2 lead on Reddick’s three with 13:30 left in the first half. The Tigers would lead by as many as 12 points at 18-6 with 9:25 to go before halftime thanks to a 6-0 run.
Morehead State answered with a 9-0 run with all nine points coming on Xavier Moon three pointers to cut the TSU edge down to 18-15.
TSU regained the upper hand and took a 28-20 lead into the locker rooms. The Tigers shot 48.0 percent from the field in the first half.
In the second half, Morehead State cut the lead down to 34-30 with just under 12 minutes to play, but the four-point deficit was as close as the Eagles would get down the stretch.
A 10-3 run put the Tigers back up by double digits. TSU would go on to lead by 10 or more points to secure the home win.
Moon led Morhead State with 18 points on the night with DeJuan Marrero adding 11 rebounds for the visitors.
Next up, TSU hosts Eastern Kentucky on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for Senior Night.
GAME NOTES: Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous three games due to injury… Tennessee State is 32-37 in the all-time series versus Morehead State… TSU secured its second-consecutive winning season on the night.
TSU Head Coach Dana Ford
“I am proud of our guys tonight. I thought they really guarded the ball well. We contested most of their shots. Morehead State is a really good offensive team, and they average about 82 points a game. About four minutes left in the game, and we still had them under 40 points. Anytime you do that, you give yourself a chance to win. We had a couple of guys down the stretch make some key baskets for us. Tonight, we shot the ball well from the free throw line, and I am just proud of our guys.”
- Opening Statement
“I think a lot of it just starts with (Tahjere) McCall being back. Having him at the point of attack and McCall being able to guard Moon on his own after the ball screen were key. Also, the big men were able to help guards on the screen. We did a great job of helping each other defensively.”
- On Holding Morehead State to Low Field Goal Percent
“It gives us more depth. I think Armani (Chaney) is coming along. Getting Tahjere (McCall) back gives us another guard, so your defensive pressure stays up. Obviously, he attacks the basket very well, and he is starting to make his free throws lately. As long as he takes care of the ball it is great to have him back.”
- On Tajhere McCall Being Back
“It is good. I don’t think we have had many back-to-back winning seasons. Obviously, it is a goal of ours every year to have a winning season; not just a winning season but a good season. I am just proud of the players. Hopefully, we can just continue to play well because there is a lot of basketball left.”
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