|November 10, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||KU|
|FG Percentage||.328 (19-58)||.600 (36-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.348 (8-23)||.429 (12-28)|
|FT Percentage||.625 (10-16)||.727 (8-11)|
Final Score: Tennessee State 56 – #4/3 Kansas 92
Records: TSU (0-1) – Kansas (1-0)
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
LAWRENCE, Kan. --- Squaring off with national power Kansas, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team was handed a 92-56 loss at historic Allen Fieldhouse on Friday night in the season opener.
TSU (0-1) fell behind early as Kansas (1-0), ranked fourth in the Associated Press Top 25 and third in the USA Today Coaches Poll, grabbed a 14-2 lead and never looked back. The Tigers were led in scoring by Darreon Reddick with 20 points and Delano Spencer with 14 off the bench.
Tennessee State trailed 56-27 at the half and Kansas maintained its distance from the Tigers the rest of the way. The Tigers battled in the final 20 minutes, as the score was 36-29 in favor of the Jayhawks in the second half.
Christian Mekowulu led TSU on the glass with seven rebounds, while Armani Chaney picked up four steals on the night. TSU’s defense forced 20 turnovers for the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leader – Points: Darreon Reddick - 20
- TSU Leader – Rebounds: Christian Mekowulu - 7
- TSU Leader – Assists: Kamar McKnight – 2
- Delano Spencer scored in double figures for the 12th time in his TSU career.
- Darreon Reddick, who entered the game with 674 career points, now has 694 for his career.
- It was the second time Reddick reached 20 points in his career.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Kansas sprinted out of the gate, taking a 14-2 lead in the early going.
- The Jayhawks stayed hot, making 11 of their first 13 shots.
- Delano Spencer did his part to keep TSU in the game with 11 first-half points on 3-for-5 shooting, including 3-for-3 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes.
- Kansas shot 21-for-30 (70.0 percent) in the first half and 36-for-60 (60.0 percent) for the game.
- TSU’s defense picked up in the second half, limiting the high-powered Kansas offense to 36 points.
- Darreon Reddick scored 11 of his 20 points in the second half.
- In his first action for TSU, Stokley Chaffee Jr. finished with five points, four rebounds and two steals in 13 minutes in the second half.
- Tennessee State is now 0-2 in the all-time series versus Kansas.
- The Tigers are 1-35 versus teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 since moving to the Division I level.
- Kansas is ranked fourth in the AP Top 25 Poll and third in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
- TSU is 3-1 in season openers under Head Coach Dana Ford.
- Friday marked the first game action in a Tennessee State uniform for A.C. Reid, Daniel Cummings, Stokely Chaffee Jr., Kamar McKnight and Hampus Ahlin.
- TSU’s starters were A.C. Reid, Daniel Cummings, Darreon Reddick, Christian Mekowulu and Armani Chaney.
TENNESSEE STATE HEAD COACH DANA FORD
- Opening statement
“Great effort by Kansas today. They really shot it well. We obviously didn’t do anything to help with that, but you’ve got to give them credit where is due. They played really, really good tonight and came right at us from the jump. Without watching the tape, that’s really all I know right now.”
- On what makes Kansas a tough team
“They’re really fast when they play those four guards, just unbelievably fast. Vick and Garrett and Graham, you can’t keep them in front. To be honest, for us, it would have been better if they played bigger because the game would have gone a little slower.”
- On how they moved past Kansas’ fast start
“It’s no secret that they didn’t play well their last game and were going to come out and play better in their home opener on ESPN. There’s just not a lot that we could do. Like I told (my team) in the locker room, whether you lose by a lot or you lose by one – it’s still one loss for us. We understand where our program is and this has been a great experience for us and we’ve got to try and get better.”
- On what he hopes to gain from the experience of playing in Allen Fieldhouse:
“I’ve been preaching to my team that they are not aggressive enough. The last couple of years, we’ve had veteran teams that have been aggressive, offensively and defensively. This is by far the most aggressive team that I have coached against and so hopefully they can get a taste of how good you can be when you get downhill and play aggressive against your like opponents. As far as the atmosphere, it was a great atmosphere, but most of our guys have been in some pretty good venues. With all due respect to the crowd, we got beat by the players today.”
- On playing in Allen Fieldhouse
“There’s nothing like this. We were here yesterday in practice and I told my wife, who made the trip, after leaving practice yesterday I fell in love with basketball again. Nothing can compare to this right here. This is the grassroots, you guys have the rules upstairs. That’s pretty impressive. Nowhere else will be like this, with respect to Purdue and Texas, it’ll be intimidating because of the size, but nothing like this. We played at Duke last year and that was similar to this, a lot smaller, but you can’t compare those places to anywhere else. They’re just special.”
TENNESSEE STATE SENIOR G DELANO SPENCER
- On his mindset going into and throughout the game
“Just stay focused on (the) coaches plan and stay together out there, pretty much. (To be) Locked in the whole entire 40 min.”
TENNESSEE STATE SENIOR GUARD DARREON REDDICK
- On his mindset coming into the game and throughout the game:
“Playing TSU basketball. We’re a defensive team; just following scout report; trying to get back on track; controlling the tempo, as we know the crowd can get into it; being a good teammate and staying positive. In a big crowd like these, we’re all we’ve got, so trying to stay together and being a good teammate. That’s all I was worried about.”
- On what impressed him the most about Kansas
“They have a very balanced team, they go hard. They stay aggressive and make plays for other people. We can learn from that. They go hard and play downhill all the time and get everyone involved, we can learn from that. So they’re a good team, they’re balanced.”
- On rallying the team to get ready for its own home opener
“I try and tell them to stay positive, learn from it. I feel like we competed (in the) second half, but we have to learn from it and go back watch film. Kansas is a top-5 team in the nation, and in our conference there’s nobody like that. I feel like we can keep getting better game by game and play our best ball. When it is time for conference at the end of March, we should be just fine.
- Tennessee State will host Reinhardt at the Gentry Center on Monday, Nov. 13. at 7 p.m.
- The game versus Reinhart will serve as the home opener for the Tigers.