SIEU knocks off TSU, 45-38

SIEU knocks off TSU, 45-38

Posted on 10 January 2015 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to SIU-Edwardsville 45-38 Saturday night at the Vadalabene Center.

The Tigers (3-15, 0-3 OVC) were held by the Cougars (7-8, 3-1 OVC) to 20 percent from the field in the second half. That, along with five-straight points by SIUE led to the first loss in the head-to-head series suffered by TSU.

Christian Mekowulu led all scorers with 12 points while pulling down 12 boards for his second career double-double.

TSU held Kris Davis to six points, but his second three gave SIUE the game-winning advantage. Rozell Nunn led the Cougars with 10 points and had the steal and break-away dunk that gave SIUE

Darreon Reddick led off the Tiger scoring barrage with a triple that gave TSU an early 3-2 lead. Both defenses flourished during the first dozen minutes of the game as neither team shot over 30 percent.

TSU stretched their lead to as much as nine in the first half as the Tiger D came up with eight stops in a row, at one point. Consistent rebounding on the defensive end also kept SIUE to one shot per trip. With 3:30 to play in the half the score was 19-10 and the rebounding margin was 19-10.

The Tigers held the Cougars to just five more points making the score at the break 21-15 in favor of the Tigers. The SIUE 15-point total is the stingiest the TSU defense has been all season. Big Blue held the Cougars to 26.1 percent shooting for the first 20 minutes.

Both defenses dictated the flow of the game for the first eight minutes of the half until SIUE, down as much as eight, went on a 9-0 run to take a 28-27 lead with 11:33 to play. A trey followed by a Keaton Jackson block brought a generally quiet crowd to a roar.

TSU and SIUE spent the next handful of minutes trading buckets and leads. With 7:19 to play, Xavier Richards drove through the lane, absorbed contact from the defense, and knocked down a layup to give TSU a 33-31 lead.

A tense atmosphere developed as each basket made by TSU was countered by a basket from SIUE. With the score tied at 38 and 1:01 left to go, Kris Davis hit a trey for SIUE. On the ensuing possession, Rozell Nunn stepped in front of a pass and took it to the hoop to give the Cougars a 43-38 lead over the Tigers with 37.9 seconds left. SIUE would close out the win from there.

The result is the second loss in a row despite a half-time lead for TSU.

The Tigers will next take on rival Austin Peay. Tip-off is scheduled for next Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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SEMO tops TSU 77-62

SEMO tops TSU 77-62

Posted on 04 January 2015 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team opened up Ohio Valley Conference play by falling to Southeast Missouri State University 77-62 at Gentry Center on Saturday night.

The Tigers (3-13, 0-1 OVC) fell to the Redhawks (7-8, 1-1 OVC) for their first loss of 2015. SEMO outshot TSU for the game 50 percent to 37.7 percent. The outcome of the game brings the all-time series between the two teams at 23-19 in favor of TSU.

Marcus Roper and Jay Harris scored 13 points, apiece, while Christian Mekowulu scored 11. Harris shot 50 percent from the floor while Roper hit 40 percent of his attempts. Mekowulu was 1-for-3 from the floor and 9-for-12 from the foul line.

Jarekious Bradley came into the game as the highest scorer for either team, and he left that way. For the game, he scored 29 points (10-of-12) and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.

Despite Harris knocking down a last-second trey, the Tigers went into the locker room down 42-30. SEMO outshot TSU 46 percent to 34 percent through the first 20 minutes.

Harris scored 11 points in the first half, shooting 4-for-6 from the floor and 3-for-4 from behind the arc. The senior provided a spark off the bench as head coach Dana Ford started the same lineup that beat Kennesaw State consisting of five freshmen.

Both teams combined for 22 fouls for the first half (11 apiece).

TSU traded shots with SEMO for the first five minutes of the second half, but ultimately could not erase the earlier deficit. The Tigers were able to cut the lead to eight with 3:24 left in the game, but the Redhawks never allowed the lead to shrink any more.

Fouls piled up for both teams, as they combined for 18 more in the final half of play. All total, there were 40 fouls called.

The Tigers will wrap up a three-game home stand with Eastern Illinois on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The game will again be the second half of a doubleheader as the Lady Tigers also host the Panthers. Tip time for the women’s game is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.

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TSU tops Kennesaw State 73-62

TSU tops Kennesaw State 73-62

Posted on 01 January 2015 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team rang in the new year with a win as they defeated Kennesaw State 73-62 at Gentry Center on Wednesday afternoon.

The Tigers (3-12) snapped an 11-game losing streak thanks to efficient shooting. They shot 54.8 percent against the Owls (4-11) for the game. In turn, TSU held their opponents to 32.1 percent from the floor.

Christian Mekowulu recorded his first career double-double with a team and career-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. It is the first double-double by a TSU player since Zachary Lee, Xavier Richards, and Darreon Reddick each had one against Fisk (Nov. 20).

Reddick also tied for the team-high in points with 16 on 6-of-9 shooting (66.7 percent).That total is a new career high for the freshman. He nabbed seven boards and added three assists.

Yonel Brown scored a game-high 21 points for Kennesaw State in the loss. He shot 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from the floor.

TSU went into the locker room with a 30-24 lead. It was the most points they’ve scored in the first half since scoring 31 at Lipscomb on Dec. 6. The Tigers held the Owls to 25 percent shooting for the first 20 minutes.

Gaining the lead after 4:23 of play, TSU maintained their advantage on the scoreboard for the remainder of the half. KSU scored the first five points of the game but then missed their next 14-straight attempts. The Tigers zone defense forced the Owls to settle for less-than-ideal jump shots.

The Tigers kept the petal to the metal, only allowing the Owls to pull as close as three possessions at any point during the final half. TSU shot a staggering 21-28 (75 percent) from the charity strip in the last 20 minutes to close out KSU.

Charles Tucker scored nine of his 11 second-half points from the foul line (9-for-9).

The Tigers were able to secure the win thanks to a 71.4 percent clip from the floor for the second half. Reddick scored 11 of his 16 points while Mekowulu scored nine.

The win means TSU will have some momentum to begin conference play as they welcome Southeast Missouri to Gentry Center on Jan. 3. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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TCU rips TSU 60-40

TCU rips TSU 60-40

Posted on 30 December 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Texas Christian University on Monday night SCORE at the University Rec Center.

The Tigers (2-12) battled with the Horned Frogs (13-0) for much of the second half but fell victim to a five minute scoring drought, ultimately meaning that TCU would stay unbeaten.

Jay Harris led TSU with 10 points (4-for-8) on the night. He also recorded his first block of the season. The senior has had one block in each season of his career.

Kyan Anderson led all scorers with 16 points, shooting 4-of-14 from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

The Tigers burst out of the gates with an 8-7 lead over the Horned Frogs by the time the first media timeout came around. They had three blocks and six defensive boards in those first six-plus minutes.

TCU then flipped the script and outscored TSU 26-11 the rest of the half. Heading into the locker room, the Horned Frogs had staked their claim on the boards with 22 rebounds compared to 12 for the Tigers.

TSU was 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the free-throw line, through the first 20 minutes, giving them an advantage in that area. They struggled from beyond the arc, though, going just 2-for-7 (28.6 percent).

The Tigers pulled within eight points thanks to a 12-6 run beginning the second half. The bench erupted when Darreon Reddick sliced through the defense and knocked down a layup while drawing a foul. His free-throw brought TSU to as close as they would get the rest of the way.

TCU countered the TSU resurgence with a 13-0 run between the second and third media timeouts. The Tigers stared at a 52-34 deficit with 5:42 to play. The Tigers were held to six points in the final 10 minutes of play by the Horned Frogs.

It is the 11th straight loss for TSU.

The Tigers will end their non-conference schedule at home on New Year’s Eve against Kennesaw State. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. at Gentry Center.

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Vols thump TSU

Vols thump TSU

Posted on 28 December 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to the University of Tennessee by a score of 67-46 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday night.

The Tigers (2-11) shot 47.8 percent from the three-point line, but were turned over 15 times by the Volunteers (7-4). Tennessee held TSU to a 29.2 percent clip in the second half.

Marcus Roper led the Tigers with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Jay Harris pitched in 15 points, shooting 5-for-12 from the floor.

Kevin Punter led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 from the three-point line.

TSU held a 6-4 lead at the first media timeout but Tennessee quickly stole the advantage. At one point, the Volunteers held a lead as big as 14.

The Tigers were forced to live and die from beyond the arc as the Volunteers vehemently denied any attempt in the paint.

Trailing 27-13 at the 5:36 mark, TSU used its three-point shooting to cut the deficit to thee before half. The Tigers were 6-of-11 from three-point land in the first half.

Big Blue had 8 assists, as a team, for the first 20 minutes. The season average for the Tigers is 9.6.

TSU turned the first 10 minutes of the final half into a dogfight, but Tennessee’s post defense held strong and pushed them onto the victory.

With 14:26 to play in the game, Jay Harris hit his second straight trey in a row to give the Tigers a 38-37 lead. For the next seven minutes, the Volunteers went on a 16-2 run, powered by an electric crowd, which gave them the space they needed for the win.

Having averaged 21.9 fouls per game so far this season, TSU committed just nine for the night.

The Tigers 14 assists is the most they’ve had in five contests.

TSU has lost 10-straight games.

The Tigers will fly to Fort Worth for a game at Texas Christian on Monday. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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TSU falls to Hampton

TSU falls to Hampton

Posted on 20 December 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Hampton University on Tuesday night by a score of 66-54 at the HU Convocation Center.

The Tigers (2-9) dropped the second game of the home-and-home series this season to the Pirates (5-6). The win evens up the all-time series at two wins apiece.

Hampton held TSU to 54 points in both contests this season.

TSU was led on offense by Jay Harris and his 16 points. He shot 3-of-7 from the floor and 9-for-11 from the free throw line.

Christian Mekowulu had a good game, as well, scoring eight while grabbing 13 boards and getting a pair of steals and blocks.

Brian Powers led a triumvirate of scorers for Hampton. His 15, combined with Deron Powers’ 15 and Quinton Chievous’ 15 pushed the Pirates to the win.

TSU held the lead from the first bucket until the 0:53 mark. Hampton went into the locker room with a 29-24 lead thanks to a 14-0 run over the final 4:38 of the half.

The Tigers managed to out-rebound the Pirates in the first 20 minutes 24-18. Hampton, however, outshot TSU 31 percent to 29 percent while out-gunning them from three-point range, making four treys to TSU’s one.

Hampton put its foot on the gas, after the break, and never looked back. The Pirates held onto the lead for the final 20:53 of the game.

Hampton forced TSU to turn the ball over 21 times.

TSU is caught in an eight-game losing skid.

The Tigers have a quick turnaround as they travel to Murfreesboro on Sunday. They will play Middle Tennessee State at 2:00 p.m. for their last game before Christmas.

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Reed signs extension

Reed signs extension

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Allen


Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed agreed in principle to a contract extension, Friday, keeping the alum on the TSU sideline for the foreseeable future.

“I am very thankful that our Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips and administration have shown a commitment to this program and myself,” Reed said. “Leaving TSU would have been tough to do because I feel like there is more left to be accomplished.”

Official terms of the new deal are still undisclosed, but details of the contract’s length and salary are to ironed out a later date .

Reed led the Tigers to a 6-6 mark in 2014, capping off a run of three straight non-losing seasons – a feat that has not been done at Tennessee State since 1984-86.

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SIU tops TSU 65-58

SIU tops TSU 65-58

Posted on 17 December 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell 65-58 to Southern Illinois on Tuesday night at SIU Arena.

The Tigers (2-8) were swept by the Salukis (7-4) in this season’s home-and-home set between the two schools. SIU takes an 8-7 advantage in the all-time series.

Two Big Blue players scored in double figures. Marcus Roper had 22 while Jay Harris added 11 to lead the team.

It was a team effort for SIU as five players scored eight or more points.

TSU was balanced on offense in the first half, shooting 42.3 percent from the floor. Roper (10 points on 4-for-6 shooting) and Harris (eight points on 3-for-4 shooting) accounted for two-thirds of the Tigers’ scoring for the first 20 minutes.

The Tigers scored five-straight to begin the game and held a 7-6 lead heading into the first media timeout. The Salukis grabbed the lead straightway after the break, thanks to efficient offensive play (50 percent shooting from the floor), and controlled it through halftime.

The Tigers scored just seven points for the first 12:33 of the final half creating, at one point, a 19 point deficit. They were able to bring it as close as three possessions with one minute to play, but SIU held the lead when the final buzzer sounded.

Roper remained active from the three-point line, scoring 12 points on 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. He finished 6-for-12 from that range.

TSU did hold SIU’s leading scorer, Anthony Beane, to under his season average as the junior scored 15 points (19.9 season average).

TSU will travel to Hampton for their next game this Friday. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m.

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Saunders, Thrasher Named AFCA All-Americans

Saunders, Thrasher Named AFCA All-Americans

Posted on 15 December 2014 by Allen


Tennessee State defenders De’Ante Saunders and Nick Thrasher were named to the 2014 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FCS Coaches’ All-America Team, Monday.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

Playing in just his second season at TSU, Saunders contributed to the OVC’s top total defense (303.2 yards per game) and pass defense (153.3 yards per game).

Saunders was also named First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference while after leading the league with five interceptions on the season while also tallying 51 tackles and six pass breakups.

The DeLand, Fla. product’s five picks were the seventh-most by a Tiger in TSU’s 102-year history.

Thrasher tallied 128 stops on the season, which was sixth-most in a single-season in school history and the highest total for a Tiger since 1991.

The Morrow, Ga. native was second in the Ohio Valley Conference in tackles to go along with his 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks.

The senior also moved up to second-place in tackles in the TSU record book over the course of the season, finishing with 358. Thrasher was First Team All-OVC last season, too.

The four-year starter intercepted the first pass of his career this season against Florida A&M.

Saunders and Thrasher were two of the four HBCU players selected to the team and Colin Seibert from Eastern Illinois was the only other representative from the OVC.

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Lipscomb takes out TSU 77-68

Lipscomb takes out TSU 77-68

Posted on 07 December 2014 by Allen


Behind a season high, 22-point effort from senior forward Malcolm Smith, the Lipscomb men’s basketball downed cross-town foe Tennessee State 77-68 on Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena.

The veteran hit 8-of-11 from the field and added six free throws at the line and hauled in a game-high eight rebounds to lead the Bisons (3-5).

“Malcolm definitely carried us in the first half and the best part about it from a coaches’ perspective is that he did all within the framework of the offense,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “He played within himself and that’s something that he can give us. In a time when we’re struggling to find ourselves it’s nice to have a senior, veteran, successful player step up and take the lead.”

The Clarksville native was part of a dominating performance in the paint by Lipscomb that saw the Purple and Gold hold a 44-16 advantage down low over the Tigers (2-7).

“If a team is going to crowd us at the 3-point line like a lot of teams are going to do, then that’s what we have to do to counter that,” said Alexander.

Malcolm Smith was joined in double figures by freshman guard Nathan Moran who scored 13 overall, including 11 in the second half, and sophomore guard Josh Williams, who added 11.

“Nathan was really good down the stretch,” noted Alexander. “He made a huge three and sank his free throws. I’m proud of him. He’s played so well and he’s inserted himself as an important player for us already.”

Tennessee State’s Marcus Roper led the Tigers with a 21-point effort hitting 7-of-14 from the field and 4-of-9 from deep. Roper led the Tigers to 10-of-21 shooting from deep that helped them keep the game close.

The Bisons would turn the heat up defensively in the last eight minutes of the contest to seal the win allowing TSU to score just 10 points down the stretch to secure the win.

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TSU falls at home to Hampton

TSU falls at home to Hampton

Posted on 03 December 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Hampton University 54-62 at Gentry Center on Tuesday night.

The Tigers (2-6) were held to 31.5 percent shooting by the Pirates (2-5) in a defensive battle. TSU was held without a double-digit scorer for the second time this season.

Christian Mekowulu led the offensive effort with nine points and grabbed five rebounds. Jay Harris also had nine points and added four boards, three assists, and a steal.

Dwight Meikle led Hampton with 15 points and went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.

The Tigers were solid starting out, building a quick 6-4 lead heading into the first media timeout. Hampton answered by going on an 11-2 run through the next media break.

TSU got a couple of three-point buckets from Marcus Roperand Rodney Simeon to draw even with 5:33 to go in the half. Both teams traded buckets from there to head into the locker room knotted up at 24.

The defensive struggle continued as neither team hit 50 until the 4:13 mark. TSU pulled within four with only a minute and a half left. Hampton, however, pulled away by hitting eight free throws in the final minute.

The Tigers suffer their fifth loss in a row.

The Tigers will play at Lipscomb this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. TSU will have a 10-day break after the tilt with the Bisons.

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TSU gets rid of 2 Asst Coaches

TSU gets rid of 2 Asst Coaches

Posted on 01 December 2014 by Allen


Tennessee State Head Coach Rod Reed announced Sunday night that Co-Offensive Coordinator Mike Jones and Running Backs Coach Larry Williams will not return to the coaching staff in 2015.

The news comes on the heels of a 6-6 season in which the TSU offense mustered 21 points or fewer in six contests.

Jones, a Tennessee State alum (1982), handled play-calling duties from the press box for the last five seasons until he was supplanted by Co-Offensive Coordinator Jeff Parker in week nine.

With Parker calling the plays, the Tigers averaged 450.2 yards and 31 points per game, up from 378.5 and 26 under Jones.

Jones’ coaching career includes head coaching duties with the Frankfurt Galaxy (2004-07). While in Germany, Jones’ teams appeared in three championship games, winning one in 2006. The same season he was named NFL Europe Coach of the Year.

He later coached in four World Bowl games as Offensive Coordinator with the Rhein Fire (1998, 2000, 2002-03), winning two in 1998 & 2000.

Jones also coached in the short-lived XFL.

The move ends Williams’s two-year stint with the Tigers after his unit did not produce a 1,000 yard rusher for the first time in three seasons.

Williams did coach Tim Broughton who ran for 1,146 yards in 2013, but Big Blue could not find a consistent back this past season as Tom Smith led the squad with just 385 yards.

Before TSU, Williams spent his previous five seasons at Miles College as running back and special team coach.

At Miles College, he helped the Golden Bears win their first SIAC Western Division Title, SIAC Championship Game and Division II SIAC Championship in 2011.

Reed broke the news at a team meeting Sunday afternoon and a search for Jones’s and Williams’s replacements will begin immediately.

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Lady Tigers come up short in OT

Lady Tigers come up short in OT

Posted on 30 November 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State women’s basketball team dropped its first game in the Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic to Norfolk State, 65-58, in overtime on Saturday.

Chelsea Hudson led TSU (1-4) with 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting (46.1 percent) and tallied a game-high 11 rebounds.

Kayla Robberts poured in 23 points for Norfolk State (1-4) and secured a team-best eight boards.

Jemilah Leonard canned a three at the 12:47 mark, ending a seven-minute drought to start the game. The hoop ignited a 9-0 run – which Leonard capped with a jumper – and gave TSU an, 11-10, lead.

The Spartans built a five-point advantage later in the half, but two Rachel Allen triples in a two-minute span put the Lady Tigers within one with 3:07 to go in the half.

Each side had just one point during the final three minutes of the first half and NSU went into the break clinging to a, 23-22, lead.

The Lady Tigers crushed the Spartans on the glass during the opening 20 minutes, 23-14, but 12 TSU turnovers led to the gap on the scoreboard.

Hudson converted an old-fashioned three-point play 25 seconds into the second period and Briana Morrow had one, too, a minute later. Hudson then converted an easy lay-in to give the Lady Tigers a, 30-23, lead.

The Spartans fought back with a 12-3 run later in the half and went up by four with a jumper at the 8:58 mark. TSU was 1-for-6 (16.7 percent) during the stretch while NSU made 4-of-8.

The Lady Tigers were down two with 1:40 left in the game when Hudson nailed a layup to tie the game at 52. Hudson was fouled on the play, but missed the ensuing free throw.

NSU canned a three on the next trip down the floor, but Imani Davis answered right back with a three of her own with 36 seconds left to tie the game again at 55.

The Spartans were called for an offensive foul on their next possession, but the refs called Allen for one on TSU’s next chance, forcing overtime.

Jayda Johnson had the first hoop in the extra period, but the Lady Tigers could only muster one more point from there, and fell by seven.

TSU shot 56 percent from the charity stripe (9-of-16) and NSU had more chances (22) and eight more makes (17).

Tennessee State will close out the Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic against Youngstown State tomorrow at 2 p.m.

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Tigers earn OVC honors

Tigers earn OVC honors

Posted on 23 November 2014 by Allen


Tennessee State football players Mike German and Gabe Terry were named Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player and Newcomer of the week, respectively.

German broke the school record for career passing yards (8,664) and the Tennessee State football team won at Murray State, 48-33, for the first time since 2003.

Playing in his final collegiate game, German finished the day 28-of-48 for a personal-best 463 yards and six scores including one on the ground.

The redshirt senior’s six touchdown passes were the second-most in school history, matching Kenneth Biggles’s mark in 1982 and his 463 yards were the fourth-most in a single game.

For Terry, the OVC sack leader anchored a defensive unit that had 12 tackles for loss and caused four Racer turnovers.

The defensive end notched five tackles and three of those went for sacks and 30 yards lost.

On one of his sacks, Terry stripped MSU quarterback KD Humphries and picked up the fumble. His eight-yard return set up a Tiger touchdown and helped add to the rout.

German is the first Tiger to win OVC Offensive Player of the Week this season, while Terry is the second to win Newcomer, joining Tom Smith on Aug. 31.

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