|February 01, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||MOR-M|
|FG Percentage||.411 (23-56)||.380 (19-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (6-21)||.130 (3-23)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (9-12)||.654 (17-26)|
REDDICK - 8
Final Score: Tennessee State 61 - Morehead State 58
Records: TSU (11-11, 6-5 OVC) – Morehead State (6-16, 2-9 OVC)
Venue: Johnson Arena
Location: Morehead, Ky.
MOREHEAD, Ky. --- Delano Spencer scored a game-high 16 points, including a free throw with 4.2 seconds left, to lead the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 61-58 road win at Morehead State on Thursday night in Ohio Valley Conference action.
For TSU (11-11, 6-5 OVC), which has won three games in a row, it is the program’s first road win at Morehead State (6-16, 2-9) since Feb. 27, 2014.
TSU trailed by one with just over a minute left until Armani Chaney’s three-pointer with 1:09 to go gave the Tigers a lead they did not relinquish the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU LEADERS
- POINTS – Delano Spencer - 16
- REBOUNDS – Darreon Reddick and Christian Mekowulu - 8
- ASSISTS – Armani Chaney - 3
- Delano Spencer scored in double figures for the 19th time this season and the 30th time in his career.
- Ken’Darrius Hamilton reached double-digit points for the 10th time on the year and the 18th point in his TSU career.
- The Tigers held a 42-29 rebounding edge on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- TSU forced turnovers on four of Morehead State’s first six possessions and held a slight 9-7 edge eight minutes into the game.
- The Tigers grew their lead to as many as seven points at 24-17 on back-to-back baskets from Delano Spencer with four minutes left before halftime.
- A three-pointer from Morehead State’s A.J. Hicks as the first half expired gave the Eagles a 29-28 edge heading into the locker rooms.
- The Eagles came out of halftime on fire, using a 12-4 run to take a 41-32 lead with just over five minutes gone.
- Spencer willed his team back into the game with his three-point shooting. Spencer drilled threes on back-to-back possessions to tie the score at 45-45 with 8:41 to play.
- Darreon Reddick hit a corner three, was fouled and made his free throw to give the Tigers a 53-52 lead with 2:04 remaining.
- With 1:09 to play, Armani Chaney drilled a three for a 56-54 edge.
- Reddick stepped to the free throw line with 19.1 seconds left and hit both ends of his one-and-one for a 60-56 lead.
- After a basket on the other end, Spencer hit a free throw with 4.2 seconds left for a three-point edge. Morehead State’s desperation three was off the mark at the buzzer.
- Tennessee State improves to 33-37 in the all-time series versus Morehead State.
- The Tigers earned their first road win in the series since Feb. 27, 2014.
Senior Guard Delano Spencer
“It’s always good to get a road win. All road wins are tough. We came together and grinded out a win.”
- On the road win
“It was important. The whole game was important. We all made big plays down the stretch to finish it out. We did a good job as a team.”
- On hitting the free throw at the end of the game
Head Coach Dana Ford
“I’m just proud of our players. To be able to win on the road in February when you don’t play well, when you don’t really shoot the ball well. Christian Mekowulu, for whatever reason, couldn’t buy a basket. I thought our defense was pretty good in man and zone. We fouled them a lot, but we were able to weather the storm. I’m just proud of them today to get a good road win in February when we didn’t play well.”
- Thoughts on the win
“It’s very encouraging. He missed a lot of shots around the rim. I thought we got him the ball in a good area. Give credit to Morehead. I thought they played harder. I’m not happy about that. I thought they were scrappier. I thought they tried to follow their game plan a lot better than we followed ours, but we’ve got good players up and down the roster. Christian Mekowulu is kind of our go-to guy, but Delano Spencer, he’s been great all year. Darreon Reddick and (Kamar) McKnight and (Armani) Chaney made a big shot. We got great minutes off the bench, and it was a total team effort.”
- On winning despite Mekowulu’s foul trouble
“It was good for us that (Delano Spencer) was able to start making some shots. It gives our defense a little more energy, and the fact that he could go up there and make that free throw was a great sign considering he was cramping. I just thought him shooting his shot cramping was better than electing them to select someone else to shoot the ball from the free throw line. We needed at least one of those in case they made a three, it would go to overtime.”
- On Delano Spencer’s free throw with 4.2 seconds left
- TSU heads to Richmond, Ky. to take on Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT).
- The game will air live on the OVC Digital Network and 102.1 The Ville.