Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tennessee State Improve to 5-0 with 72-58 Victory at Canisius

BUFFALO, N.Y. --- Double-doubles from Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Jordan Reed (Philadelphia, Pa.) lifted the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 72-58 road victory over Canisius at the Koessler Athletic Center on Wednesday night. TSU, which received one vote in this week’s Associated Press Top 25, is 5-0 for the first time since moving to Division I prior to the 1977-78 season.

Martin finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Reed concluded the night with 13 points and 11 boards for the Tigers. TSU also received double-digit scoring efforts from Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 14 points, six assists and five rebounds to go with 12 points from Delano Spencer (Atlanta, Ga.).

A fast start by Canisius (1-4) put TSU in a 13-7 hole in the opening 3:30 of the game. The Tigers tightened up on defense and battled back to take their first lead at 17-16 with 11:28 left in the half on a three from Spencer.

Trailing later in the half, TSU used a 7-0 run for a 26-21 advantage with 6:30 remaining before halftime.

The Tigers held the Golden Griffins without a field goal for eight minutes and took a 40-27 lead into halftime behind 64 percent shooting (16-for-25) from the field.

TSU continued to play well in the second half, taking a 49-30 lead on a thunderous putback dunk by Reed with 15:39 to play. The TSU lead grew to as much as 21 points on two occasions the rest of the way.

The Tigers’ dominance on the glass again played a factor as TSU held a 45-31 rebounding edge and outscored Canisius by a 36-16 margin in the paint.

Next up, TSU will make its home debut on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Gentry Center versus Reinhardt at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Tennessee State received one vote in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 and is ranked 20th in the Mid-Major Top 25… TSU is 5-0 for the first time since moving to Division I prior to the 1977-78 season… TSU held a 40-27 halftime lead. The 13-point advantage tied for the biggest for the Tigers this season, matching TSU’s lead over Santa Clara through 20 minutes… TSU improves to 2-0 in the all-time series versus Canisius. It was the first meeting between the two sides since Jan. 11, 1964… Wayne Martin recorded his third double-double of the season and 13th of his career… Jordan Reed picked up his 24th career double-double and first in a TSU uniform… It is the first time TSU has had two players with double-doubles since Wayne Martin and Demontez Loman accomplished the feat on Dec. 14, 2015 at Stetson… Jordan Reed now has 994 career points in his Division I career after scoring 931 during his three seasons at Binghamton before transferring to TSU.



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