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TSU tops Fisk 75-60

TSU tops Fisk 75-60

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team closed out its home stand to begin the season with a 75-60 win over Fisk University on Thursday night at Gentry Center.

The Tigers (2-1) claimed the Battle of Jefferson Street over the Bulldogs (0-7) for the 14th time in the series. TSU used a second half surge of shooting to pull off the win.

Xavier Richards had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead a Tiger team that had three players record double-doubles. Darreon Reddick notched 14 points and had a game-high 13 boards while Zachary Lee put up 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Fisk received a couple of outstanding performances that kept them close for most of the game. Walter Arnold and Chris Pollard both put up 12 points, mostly via the three-pointer, to lead the Bulldogs.

A close first half saw strong defense from TSU as it held Fisk to 24 percent from the floor. They also out-rebounded the Bulldogs by a slight 26-23 margin. Zachary Lee pulled down 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action.

Offensively, the Tigers were held to just one trey in seven attempts (14.3 percent) and 10 buckets, overall. All but one Tiger that touched the floor scored as they held a 29-22 lead going into the locker room.

About four minutes into the second half Fisk tied the game at 33. From there TSU outscored them 42-27. Richards knocked down 17 of his 21 in the final 20 minutes on 7-of-8 shooting (.875 field goal percentage) to help ice the cake.

The Tigers made 70 percent of their free-throws (14-20) in the final frame. They got to the charity stripe seven more times in the half then Fisk did for the game.

Overall, the Tigers were able to pull away in a physical game. They finish the season-opening home stand 2-1.

TSU will go on the road for their next five games starting with a showdown on Sunday with Vanderbilt. The two Nashville schools will tip off at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium.

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SIU beats TSU 84-67

SIU beats TSU 84-67

Posted on 19 November 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team faced its first Div. I opponent of the season on Tuesday in visiting Southern Illinois and fell 84-67.

The Tigers (1-1) dropped their first game of the season to the Salukis (1-1), a team that held TSU to 32 percent three-point shooting. SIU led from the get-go and never trailed during the game.

TSU fell victim to a perfect half by the Saluki’s top player Anthony Beane. The junior guard scored 24 points on 8-of-8 shooting (4-for-4 from beyond the arc) which was just two points shy of the Tigers 26 total points.

Tennessee State, on the flip side, shot 30 percent from the field and went 5-for-9 at the free-throw line. Jay Harris tried to put the team on his back in the opening half, scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting and 3-for-4 from three-point range. SIU held the rest of the Tigers five buckets in 23 tries.

The Salukis also owned the boards in the first half, 22-14.

TSU made a push in the second half, as Big Blue brought the deficit to within 11 at the 6:12 mark, but SIU stretched its lead back out from there.

Charles Tucker went off in the second half, scoring all 16 of his points on 6-of-8 shooting all while dishing out five of his six assists and grabbing a pair of defensive rebounds. Harris added 12 points to finish with 23, total.

Four players fouled out for TSU in the second half.

SIU won the battle of the boards, overall, 41-30. Xavier Richards and Demontez Loman led TSU with seven rebounds, each.

This is head coach Dana Ford’s first career defeat.

TSU will have one final home game before taking to the road as Fisk visits Gentry Center on Thursday. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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TSU tops Reinhardt 97-66

TSU tops Reinhardt 97-66

Posted on 15 November 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season with a win against Reinhardt on Friday night at the Gentry Center.

The Tigers (1-0) put away the Eagles (0-1) in the second half after playing tightly in the first. Junior Marcus Roper paced all scorers with 23 while both Zachary Lee (15pts, 10 boards) and Demontez Loman (11 pts, 13 boards) posted double-doubles.

TSU shot 56% from the field and 61% from three-point land for the game. Roper was 4-for-7 from behind the arc while Jay Harris shot 3-for-4.

TSU went into the locker room ahead 47-45 after a tough first half. The Tigers experienced peaks and valleys such as a 15-point lead at one point that disappeared during a Reinhardt 24-8 run. Roper managed to shake off the nerves and drop 10 points on the half.

The Tigers shot the ball well during the first 20 minutes, posting a 46% clip from the field. They were also impressive from behind the arc, going 5-of-8. Harris was perfect from three and from the free-throw line (2-2 from each). TSU managed to get to the foul line 18 times in the first half.

The Tigers were able to pull away in the closing half, outscoring the Eagles 50-21. Reinhardt turned the ball over eight times in the second half leading to 10 points for TSU. Both Lee and Darreon Reddick were perfect from the field (both were 3-for-3) on the half, while Lee added nine rebounds.

Where TSU truly put the game away in the second half was on defense. The Blue and White defenders held Reinhardt to 21% from the field during the half. That was a 24% decline from the first half.

Along with Roper, Lee, and Loman, there were three other Tigers who finished with double-digit points. Harris put up 18 as the second highest scorer while Reddick had 15 and Xavier Richards had 10.

TSU will continue its home-stand next Tuesday night against Southern Illinois. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

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TSU Men’s Basketball Opens Practice

TSU Men’s Basketball Opens Practice

Posted on 06 October 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team began practice for the upcoming season on Monday morning on McClendon Court at Gentry Center.

The Tigers have 12 newcomers this season and Monday marked the first chance that the coaches had to see them in action. The team ran a myriad of drills and began learning each other’s tendencies as well as their coaches’ expectations of them.

“There’s a lot of inexperience with this team,” head coach Dana Ford said. “We have a lot of new guys this year and there is a lot of teaching ahead of us. Everyone had a good attitude but it’s a brand new team and a brand new system. There’ll be a slight learning curve.”

Ford is in his first year at TSU and first year, overall, as a head coach. The Tigers have only two players (Jay Harris and Christian Crockett) with Division I experience, making them the freshest team in major college basketball.

The Tigers will begin the season at home on Nov. 14 when they host Rhinehardt. Keep your eye on for continuous camp updates leading up to the season.

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Chima Azuonwu signs NLI to play at TSU

Chima Azuonwu signs NLI to play at TSU

Posted on 08 July 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State men’s basketball program added another commitment, Thursday, as Chima Azuonwu (Nigeria) signed a letter of intent to play for the Tigers next season.

“We are very excited about the addition of Chima to our basketball program,” head coach Dana Ford announced. “Chima is a young man that is 100 percent committed to earning his degree from Tennessee State, and his outstanding size (six-foot-eleven, 285 lbs.) will be an asset on the court. He runs very well for his size and finishes well around the basket. We feel like, in due time, that Chima can make a major impact on our program.”

Azuonwu just finished his senior season at Darien HS in Darien Conn., leading the Blue Wave to an 11-11 mark – one of the best in recent history.

A member of’s Class of 2014 Watch List, Azuonwu nearly averaged a double-double in league contests a season ago.

Azuonwu is the second player from Nigeria signed by Ford during his first recruiting season, joining fellow big-man Christian Mekowulu, and the 11th commitment overall.

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Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame to Honor Legendary TSU Basketball Team

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame to Honor Legendary TSU Basketball Team

Posted on 16 May 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame will honor the three-time champion Tennessee State men’s basketball team this weekend during the 2014 Induction Banquet events.

From 1957-1959, the TSU men’s basketball team won three consecutive NAIA National Championships and became the first team to ever accomplish the feat.

The Tigers were led by legendary head coach John McLendon who ended up finishing his TSU career with a .878 winning percentage.

On the court, the team featured prolific players such as Dick Barnett and John Barnhill. Barnett is still the school’s all-time leading scorer with 3,209 and Barnhill is 19th.

The duo helped the Tigers amass a 94-8 record during the three-year stretch including a school-record 32 wins during the 1958-59 season.

The Tigers won their first of three championships in 1957 when the team beat South East Oklahoma, 92-73. TSU went on to defeat their next to opponents in the championship game by double-digits as well.

Barnett was named MVP of the National Championship for his performances in the 1958 and 1959 games.

In one record-setting game during the 1958-59 season, the Tigers battled in-state foe Knoxville College. TSU scored an all-time high of 150 points in the contest and won by a record 92 points.

In three seasons, the team scored over 100 points 26 times thanks to McLendon’s fast paced style that revolutionized the game of basketball.

McLendon ended his TSU career after the third championship and he is now a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Dana Ford to Take Over TSU Men’s Basketball Team

Dana Ford to Take Over TSU Men’s Basketball Team

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Allen


Tennessee State will tab Dana Ford as its 17th men’s basketball coach at a press conference Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. within the Athletics Atrium located in the Student Center.

The announcement will signal a homecoming of sorts for Ford who was an assistant under former TSU coach John Cooper from 2009-2011.

Ford was instrumental in recruiting talented classes for the Tigers including players who went on to have professional careers in Robert Covington and Kellen Thornton. TSU went 20-13 in Ford’s last season, including the upset of previously unbeaten Murray State.

After his success with the Tigers, Ford became an assistant at Wichita State in 2011-12, helping head coach Gregg Marshall guide an NCAA Tournament team to a final Associated Press ranking of No. 18. The Shockers were 27-6 overall and claimed the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.

Ford then joined the Illinois State coaching staff for the 2012-2014 seasons, where he assisted in the Redbirds’ 36-31 mark that included an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) semifinals. He was ISU’s recruiting coordinator and managed players’ academic progress along with his coaching duties.

Before TSU, he served as an assistant coach at Chipola Junior College (Fla.). While there, he helped lead Chipola to an impressive 35-2 overall record, its sixth-consecutive Panhandle Conference Championship with a 12-0 record, its fifth FCCAA State Championship in 10 years and a third-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament.

Prior to Chipola, Ford served two years as a graduate assistant under Marshall at Wichita State and Winthrop. While at Winthrop, the Eagles captured their first NCAA Tournament win, defeating Notre Dame and finishing the season ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press and USA Today Top-25 polls.

A 2006 graduate of Illinois State, Ford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. While at ISU, he was a four-year letterwinner from 2002-06 and was voted the squad’s defensive player of the year after being ranked in the MVC top-10 in both steals and blocks.

Ford is a native of Tamms, Ill., and is a member of the NABC and BCA. He is married to Christina Ford and has a son, Carson, and a stepson, Cameron.

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Miller Selected to NABC All-District Team

Miller Selected to NABC All-District Team

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Allen


Tennessee State guard Patrick Miller was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NABC Division I All-District teams for 2013‐14, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student‐athletes.

Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The 252 student-athletes, from 25 districts, are eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All-America teams.

Miller was chosen to the District 19 Team, a squad composed of players from the Ohio Valley Conference.

The Chicago, Ill. native led the league in scoring (23.7 points per game), was ninth in assists (4.1 per contest) and fifth in steals (1.6 per game).

In addition, Miller scored 30-plus points in seven of TSU’s contests.

Miller will graduate in May and will test the waters of the National Basketball Association.

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TSU ends regular season with 70-66 loss at Eastern Kentucky

TSU ends regular season with 70-66 loss at Eastern Kentucky

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Allen


The Tennessee State men’s basketball team wrapped up the 2013-14 season with a 70-66 loss at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

Patrick Miller fell just shy of a triple-double, finishing with 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Kennedy Eubanks and Jay Harris each had fine performances, totaling 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Eastern Kentucky (21-9, 11-5 OVC) opened the game on a 12-3 run, but TSU eventually got within three points of the lead when Jamonte Graham nailed a three-pointer at the 9:40 mark.

The Tigers ended the first half on a 7-2 run, but still trailed 31-25 heading into the locker room.

Tennessee State eventually took the lead with 7:34 to play when Miller hit a jumper to make the score 51-50. However, an 11-1 Colonel run later in the half doomed any chance the Tigers had at pulling off the upset.

TSU had a shot to tie the game and head into overtime, but Chaed Wellian barely missed a three-pointer and the Tigers fell to 5-25, 4-12 in OVC play.

The Tigers outshot and outrebounded the Colonels, but had two more turnovers and made less triples.

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Miller hits late 3 to down Morehead State

Miller hits late 3 to down Morehead State

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen


Patrick Miller scored a career-high 38 points including the game-winning three-pointer with two seconds left to lead the Tennessee State men’s basketball team to a 70-68 victory over Morehead State on Thursday night.

Miller was 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) from the field and made 4-of-5 triple attempts for his sixth 30-point game of the season.

M.J. Rhett was the only other Tiger in double figures, finishing with 12 points and four rebounds.

Tennessee State (5-24, 4-11 OVC) forced 17 turnovers, leading to 27 points. The Tigers only committed seven of their own.

Morehead State (19-11, 10-5 OVC) led 16-4 through the first seven minutes of the game, but TSU went on a 16-3 run to take the lead with six minutes to play before halftime.

The Tigers extended their lead to five at one point in the first period, but a Rhett free throw gave Tennessee State a 34-31 lead heading into the break.

A Kennedy Eubanks jumper at the 10:18 mark put TSU up by 14 and TSU held the advantage all the way up until MSU’s Angelo Warner canned three free throws with 19 seconds to go to make the score 68-67 in favor of the visitors.

That set up Miller’s timely three-pointer to give TSU its first two-game winning streak this season.

TSU shot 39.3 percent in the first half, but upped that to 50 percent in the second. Miller also made all four of Big Blue’s threes during the final 20 minutes.

The Tigers will go for their third straight win on Saturday when they travel to Eastern Kentucky. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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TSU Beats SIUE on Senior Night, 66-61

TSU Beats SIUE on Senior Night, 66-61

Posted on 21 February 2014 by Allen


Neither the weather or SIUE could stop Tennessee State from sending off its seniors with a, 66-61, victory on Thursday night in the Gentry Center. In a game that was delayed for 30 minutes at halftime because of a tornado warning, senior Patrick Miller led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting. The contest marked the 40th straight game that the Chicago native has scored at least 10 points.

Fellow senior Chaed Wellian had a career-night, pouring in a new personal best 12 points and junior M.J. Rhett had his 14th double-double of the season, notching 16 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Jacquan Nobles scored three points and grabbed four boards in his final home game.

Each of TSU’s three seniors hit triples to start the game and Wellian’s put the Tigers in front, 9-3, with only a minute-and-a-half gone.

SIUE (11-17, 7-7 OVC) responded with a 9-2 run to take the lead at 12-11, but Rhett finally got the Tigers back on track with a strong dunk off of a nice assist from Miller.

The two sides went back-and-forth for the next six minutes, but a third-straight great play from Miller –this time finding Rhett again for an easy layup—prompted SIUE head coach Lennox Forrester to call timeout with his team trailing, 25-24, with 7:53 to go in the first half.

The Cougars used the pep-talk to score six straight points and re-take the lead and head into the break up, 33-30.

The Tigers outshot SIUE in the first half (46 to 39 percent) and had more rebounds (19 versus 14), but turned the ball over seven times, leading to 10 Cougar points.

A mammoth one-handed dunk by Miller at the 15:58 mark put TSU back in control, 41-39, but the Tigers couldn’t put together consecutive field goals.

Tennessee State (4-24, 2-11 OVC) eventually gained a little ground when Miller hit threes on back-to-back trips down the court to move ahead by four, 58-54, with 5:18 to go.

An assist from Miller led to another Rhett layup from in close, allowing the Tigers to take a five-point advantage with just over one minute left in the game.

Miller hit a pair of free throws down the stretch, and TSU walked away with a 66-61 victory in the last home game of the 2013-14 season.

Tennessee State had just three turnovers in the second half and forced 10.

SIUE was paced by Kris Davis’s 14 points while Keaton Jackson added 12.

TSU will next travel to Morehead State on Feb. 27 for a 6:30 p.m. tip-off with the Eagles.

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