Morehead, Ky. - The Tennessee State men's basketball team looks to salvage one win from its current three-game road trip when the squad takes on Morehead State on Saturday night.
In TSU's last game, the Tigers lost their second consecutive on Thursday night at Eastern Kentucky. TSU fell behind in the first half and eventually lost to the Colonels 76-67.
Patrick Miller had 20 points for the Tigers on 6-of-14 shooting and made 4-of-8 from deep. It was Miller's fourth 20-plus point game of the season.
Jordan Cyphers poured in 15 points for Tennessee State (12-9, 6-2 OVC) thanks to a 10-for-11 line from the charity stripe. His 10 freebies set a new season-high.
The Tigers forced 17 Colonel turnovers and scored 21 off of EKU miscues. TSU also beat EKU on the boards, 31-25, thanks to 10 rebounds by M.J. Rhett.
TSU is now second in the OVC in rebounding margin, beating opponents on the glass by an average of 3.6 boards per game. Kellen Thornton (7.8) and M.J. Rhett (6.9) each rank in the top eight of the conference's rebounds per game leaders.
Morehead State comes into Saturday's matchup sporting a 10-11 record, but the team has won four of its seven conference games. The Eagles also dropped their last contest to Belmont by one point.
MSU's Milton Chavis is the only player on the team that averages in double-digits in points (11.8), but the Eagles have been winning games thanks to their stellar defense.
Morehead State is the only team better than TSU in the conference in rebounding margin, as the Eagles average 5.4 boards more than their opponents. Chad Posthumus is the team leader with seven boards per contest.
The Eagles have also forced more turnovers than anyone else in the OVC and average a conference-best 10 steals per game.
Another key player for the Eagles is Devon Atkinson. Atkinson scores 7.3 points per game, but is tied with Miller for the conference lead in assists per contest with 5.4.
TSU is 26-30 all-time against Morehead State, but the Tigers won the last meeting, 59-52, in the OVC Tournament's Semifinals.
The Tigers have not won a regular season game in Morehead, Ky. since the 2005-2006 season. TSU did defeat the Eagles in the 2007-2008 OVC Tournament when Morehead State hosted the event.
Tip-off for Saturday's game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the matchup will be broadcasted on the OVC Digital Network.