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Men's Basketball Looks to Make History on Thursday


Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information  
Release: 02/27/2013
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Nashville, Tenn. - After dropping its first home contest of the season against Loyola (Md.), the Tennessee State men's basketball team will look to rebound and make history against the Eagles of Morehead State on Thursday.

While TSU fell to 10-1 with a 69-67 loss to Loyola last Saturday, the Tigers could still tie the school record for single-season wins at the Gentry Center. TSU's best mark in the 10,000 seat arena was an 11-2 mark during the 1980-81 season- the first year the Tigers started calling the center home.

Against Loyola, TSU took an 11-point lead into halftime, but only scored 18 points during the second-half and made just one field goal in the game's final 10 minutes.

A cold spell of that magnitude is unusual for any team, but especially for a Tigers team that has been red-hot shooting the ball over the past three contests. TSU has made 51.3 percent of its shots during that span and an amazing 44.7 percent from beyond the three-point line.

If the Tigers shot 44.7 percent from deep during the entire season, they would be first in the nation out of 347 teams.

Patrick Miller had a team-high 17 points against the Greyhounds on 6-of-11 shooting. Kellen Thornton added 15 while Jordan Cyphers and Robert Covington poured in 11 and 10, respectively.

The combination of Covington, Cyphers, Miller and Thornton have scored 80.4 percent of TSU's 450 points since Covington came back from injury and TSU is the only team with four players who average at least ten points per game.

Covington also had a team-high nine boards, helping the Tigers to a 35-30 advantage on the boards.

TSU is one of the best teams in the OVC in rebounding margin, beating its opponents on the glass by an average of three boards per game. In fact, Tennessee State only trails one team in the category- Morehead State.

The Eagles enter Thursday night's nationally televised game with a 13-16 overall record and a 7-7 mark in conference.

Morehead State has two players who average over ten points per game in Milton Chavis (10.8) and Angelo Warner (10.3), but perhaps more important to the Eagle cause is Devon Atkinson and Chad Posthumus.

Atkinson has been Morehead's primary distributer this season and has racked up 150 assists. He is also 0.1 dishes behind Miller for the OVC's assist leader.

Posthumus has been a major factor in his team's +5.7 rebounding margin as the redshirt junior ranks eighth in the conference in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and second in offensive rebounds per contest (3.1).

TSU is 26-31 all-time against Morehead State including a 78-69 loss to the Eagles earlier this season.

The matchup between the Eagles and Tigers starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday night and the game will be broadcasted live on ESPNU. Fans can watch the game later on the OVC digital Network.

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