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Tigers back on ESPNU with match-up against Murray State


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Release: 02/02/2011
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Jacquan Nobles / TSU Basketball
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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers will look to rebound from a two-game road skid when they host Murray State.

The Ohio Valley Conference match-up is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Gentry Center and will air live on ESPNU. Tip-off is 8:05 p.m. Fans can check their local listings for station identification.

The Tigers (10-11, 7-4 OVC) and the Racers will collide for their second meeting on the season with TSU trailing MUR in the all-time series, 44-15. TSU has dropped seven straight to the Racers after picking up their last win over Murray State during the 2008 OVC Tournament, 83-75. RECAP... The last regular season victory was also in 2008. TSU picked up a 75-70 win inside the Gentry Center on Feb. 14. RECAP...

In the current OVC standings, the Tigers were replaced by the Racers. TSU dropped to a third-place tie in the OVC ranks after their loss on Saturday while MUR moved to second.

Earlier this season, the Tigers dropped their third straight on the road with a 64-53 loss to the Racers at the CFSB Center. Kenny Moore led TSU with 14 points, pulling in a game-high eight boards and Patrick Miller added 10 points. RECAP...

Moore currently leads TSU in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounds (7.5 rpg). Miller (11.5 ppg), Robert Covington (13.4 ppg / 7.2 rpg) and Wil Peters (10.9 ppg / 4.5 apg) round out the top scorers. Covington is the Tigers' top shooter hitting .498 from the floor.

When shooting from the line, TSU currently ranks in the top 20 in the nation and first in the conference. The Tgers are also second in three-point shooting (.379) and three-point shots made per game (7.4). Covington, Moore, and Peters are ranked in the top four in three-point shooting. Covington is first in the league hitting .470, Moore follows averaging .450, and Peters sits fourth at .431.

The Tigers are coming off back-to-back losses on the road dropping their last contest to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, 86-72. The Tigers shot a season high from the floor, 51 percent for a consecutive game, behind Moore's game highs, 25 points and seven rebounds. Covington also chipped in 13 points. RECAP...

The Racers (15-6, 7-3 OVC) enter the game winning their last three match-ups picking up at win at home in conference play against Tennessee Martin, 92-75.

Murray State is 6-2 on the road, including 4-2 when visiting OVC schools, and are led by Isaiah Canaan (11.9 ppg), Isacc Miles (9.9 ppg), and B.J. Jenkins (9.9 ppg). Canaan is currently the only Racer to pick-up an OVC weekly honor this year grabbing the player of the week accolade on Dec. 20.

Jenkins leads the Ohio Valley Conference in free-throw shooting (.927) and joins Aska, Canaan and Miles on this year's All-OVC Preseason Team.

The Racers are ranked second in the OVC standings while leading the league in three-point shooting with an overall team average of .394. They also rank second in field-goal percentage (.463) and rebounding defense (29.9).

TSU will play their next game at home in the Gentry Center when they host Tennessee Martin. The OVC match-up is slated for Saturday, Feb. 5, with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.


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