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Tigers Seek Crucial OVC Road Win at Austin Peay


Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information  
Release: 02/05/2013
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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State men's basketball team will look to win its first road game since Jan. 5 on Thursday night when the squad travels to Austin Peay.

Last Thursday, TSU snapped its three-game losing streak with an 84-65 win over Tennessee Tech.

The game featured the return of senior forward Robert Covington who had been out since Dec. 18 with a knee injury.

Against Tennessee Tech, Covington had 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting and moved up to tenth place on TSU's all-time scoring list. He now has 1,583 career points and can move into ninth place with six points against the Governors. Five more points would move Covington into eighth.

Before his injury, Covington was leading the team with an average of 17.4 points and 7.7 boards per game. Now, the Tigers have three other players who score at least 10 points per contest and are the only team in the OVC to have four players average in double figures.

In fact, TSU had five players score in double-figures against the Golden Eagles in Patrick Miller (17), Covington (17), Kellen Thornton (17), M.J. Rhett (13) and Jordan Cyphers (10).

Thornton also recorded his seventh double-double of the season with a team-high 10 boards. He is now second in the conference in rebounds per game (9.4) during OVC games.

TSU ranks second in the conference with a +3.0 rebounding margin per game and Thornton and Rhett are inside the top seven on the OVC's rebounds per game list.

For Austin Peay, the Governors enter Thursday's contest with a 5-18 overall record and their 1-8 mark in conference play ranks them 12th out of 12 teams.

APSU has also lost its last six contests and 14 of its last 15.

The Governors have three players who average more than 10 points per game in Travis Betran (17.3), Anthony Campbell (14.3) and Will Triggs (12.1).

The trio all rank inside the top 20 in the conference scoring leaders, but APSU's real problem has been on the defensive end. The Govs rank last in the OVC in scoring defense (75.4 ppg) and turnover margin (-2.87).

However, the team is doing well as of late, having shot 38.5 percent from downtown during the last nine games and taking Murray State to overtime in the team's last contest.

TSU is 24-42 all-time versus Austin Peay, but the Tigers won the last meeting 77-57 at the Gentry Center. TSU hasn't defeated APSU in Clarksville since 2009.

Tip-off for Thursday's matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m. and fans can watch the game on the OVC Digital Network.

--TSU Tigers--


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