|January 18, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||APSU||TSU|
|FG Percentage||.306 (19-62)||.500 (20-40)|
|3P FG Percentage||.192 (5-26)||.500 (11-22)|
|FT Percentage||.813 (13-16)||.792 (19-24)|
- 13||CHAFFEE JR.
IVORY - 3
McKNIGHT - 3
- 2||CHAFFEE JR.
Final Score: Tennessee State 70 - Austin Peay 56
Records: TSU (8-10, 3-4 OVC) – APSU (10-9, 5-2 OVC)
Venue: Gentry Center
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE --- Hot shooting and smothering defense carried the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 70-56 win over Austin Peay at the Gentry Center on Thursday night.
The Tigers (8-10, 3-4 OVC) shot 20-of-40 (50 percent) from the floor while limiting first-place Austin Peay (10-9, 5-2 OVC) to just 30.6 percent (19-of-62) on field goals.
With the score tied at 28-28 at the half, the Tigers ran away from the Governors in the closing 20 minutes by outscoring APSU by a 42-28 margin in the second half.
Four Tigers scored in double figures led by a team-high 13 points from Kamar McKnight, while Darreon Reddick tallied 12. Delano Spencer, who missed the first half due to feeling under the weather, provided a lift off the bench in the second half with 11 points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU LEADERS
- POINTS – Kamar McKnight - 13
- REBOUNDS – Stokley Chaffee Jr. - 8
- ASSISTS – Kamar McKnight, Armani Chaney - 3
- The Tigers held APSU to 29 percent shooting in the second half; 30.6 percent for the game.
- This marked the lowest point total allowed by the Tigers in OVC play this season, 56.
- APSU entered the game averaging 73.2 points per game.
- The TSU bench outscored the APSU reserves, 22-7.
- Kamar McKnight scored in double digits for the 10th time this season.
- Delano Spencer posted double figures for the 27th time in his career, 16th this season.
- Darreon Reddick notched his 38th game in double figures, eighth this year.
- Armani Chaney tallied double digit points for the fourth time during his junior campaign.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Darreon Reddick made a pair of early three pointers to help the Tigers take an 11-5 lead just over four minutes into the game.
- A 12-0 run by the Governors put TSU in a 23-16 hole with seven minutes to go in the first half.
- Stokley Chaffee Jr. made four free throws in a row to help TSU regain the advantage at 25-24 with 3:40 left in the half.
- A free throw from Armani Chaney right before halftime leveled the scoring at 28-28 going into the break.
- Delano Spencer hit a three with 11:59 left in the second half to give the Tigers a 41-37 lead. Spencer scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
- TSU’s advantage grew to 11 points at 50-39 on a 7-0 run.
- At the final media timeout, TSU held a 66-52 lead.
- The Tigers maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way to cruise to victory.
- Tennessee State is 30-46 in the all-time series versus Austin Peay.
- The Tigers are 5-3 at home this season.
- The Tigers are 3-2 under Dana Ford against Austin Peay.
Head Coach Dana Ford
“Really proud of how hard our guys played and attention to detail was pretty good tonight. I thought they tried to play good team basketball. We were very aggressive, and quite honestly, when you play someone as good as this team, as tough as this team, that’s well coached, you guys really have to execute with some toughness, and I thought we did that tonight for the most part.
-Overview of the game
“Great crowd. Happy to have the students back. I think it was a great crowd all the way around. Our players are very appreciative. I’m very appreciative of that. We’ve had good crowds throughout our last couple of years. It gives us so much more energy. This team is a little more exciting than teams we’ve had in the past in the way that they play. Hopefully, we can continue to get that.”
-On the crowd
“He gave us a huge lift in the first half, and probably was a difference maker. He suffered an allergic reaction in the warm-up line for whatever reason. We were able to medicate him prior to tipoff but it took a while for it to kick in. He came to us and wanted to play the second half. He came out and think he made his first four shots, his defense was good. He tried to box out and rebound. Putting him out there gave us a great lift, and we kind of needed it. That’s what seniors are supposed to do. I’m really proud of his effort tonight.”
-On Delano Spencer
“When you start watching other teams play, I haven’t seen a team work as hard as this team. They’re so well coached. I’ve got so much respect for what coach is doing there. It was a good win for us today, but I thought our guys played well also and kind of battled the glass. They’ve got spectacular freshman that battled the glass, and I just thought we had a total team effort today. We were able to defend and rebound. We took care of the ball. We had four turnovers, and then Delano helped us down the stretch, and that’s the reason why we won.”
-On Austin Peay
Senior Guard Darreon Reddick
“It’s been a while since we’ve played in front of our home crowd, and we wanted to protect our home court. We had a good fan section tonight, and they keep us with high energy.”
- On playing in front of the home crowd
“It’s like a little personal rivalry with us. My sophomore year, we had a 20-win season and they knocked us out of the OVC Tournament – came back from (down) 20. It’s a personal rivalry. They’re a good team this year, so it was a good win. I’m happy with us, and I just want to build on it and keep winning.”
- On beating Austin Peay
“That’s a personal rivalry as well. Last time we played them (at the Gentry Center) Tahjere McCall made a great play at the end. We rushed the court. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the same type of game. They’re a good team. We’re a good team. It’s going to be a tough battle.”
- On hosting Murray State on Saturday
Sophomore Guard Kamar McKnight
“It was a game where scouting their defense, we knew they liked playing the passing lanes. We just wanted to be aggressive getting downhill and hitting the open man when necessary.”
- On what worked on the offensive end
“He just showed toughness. I mean, the first half, we fought without him to keep the game close and they he just came in and was being Delano – just making open shots and being tough on the ball defense. He just showed a lot of toughness.”
- On the play of Delano Spencer
- TSU hosts Murray State on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Gentry Center at 7:30 p.m. as the second game of a doubleheader.
- The game will air live on the OVC Digital Network and on the radio on 102.1 The Ville.