Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers will travel to Clarksville, Tenn. to face rival, Austin Peay State, for their second match-up of a three-game road stretch. The pivotal OVC game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Dunn Center.
After a strong start in conference play, the Tigers (11-13, 8-6) are ranked fifth in the OVC standings behind the third-place Governors. TSU has lost four over their last five OVC games and travels with a 3-11 road record on the year.
In the all-time series, the Tigers trail the Governors, 41-25, but have won the last two meetings. Both of TSU's last victories over APSU have been at home in the Gentry Center including a, 76-74, win in overtime earlier this year on ESPNU.
Wil Peters knocked down a floater in the paint, leaving two seconds on the clock, to help the Tigers in the upset when the Governors stood first and undefeated in the conference.
Peters finished with 16 points, scoring seven of TSU's 11 points in overtime. Kenny Moore and Robert Covington each recorded a double-double. Moore led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points with 10 boards and Covington finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Patrick Miller chipped in 15 points scoring 11 in the second half.
It was the first time TSU defeated the Govs in OT in five attempts. In 15 of the last 25 years, TSU and APSU have split the regular season series. The last time TSU swept the regular season over APSU on the hardwood was during the 1983-84 season under Ed Martin. The Tigers were not yet members of the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Tigers have had a tough time in the past at the Aaron Arena inside the Dunn Center. The last time the Tigers notched a win there was in 2009, 88-80, under interim head coach Mark Pittman during a six-game win streak.
Moore (15.2 ppg / 7.2 rpg), Covington (13.7 ppg / 7.5 rpg), Peters (10.3 ppg / 4.5 apg), and Miller (11.8 ppg) power the Tiger who are currently ranked second in the conference in free-throw shooting (.746), 3-point percentage (.373), and 3-point field goals per game (7.4).
The Governors (15-11, 9-5 OVC) hosts after suffering two straight losses in conference play to Murray State (67-58) at home and Tennessee Tech (70-64) on the road. The Govs have gone 3-4 since meeting the Tigers on Jan. 15 at the Gentry Center.
Austin Peay State has three players averaging double digits in TyShwan Edmondson (17.7 ppg), Anthony Campbell (13.9 ppg) and Josh Terry (11.3 ppg).
Edmondson leads the OVC in scoring (17.7 ppg) and 3-point field goals made (2.2). Edmondson is also a former teammate of TSU's Kenny Moore at Midland CC. He was named OVC Newcomer of the Week six times this season. He currently has received the honor more than any other newcomer in the league. During two of those weeks, he also garnered OVC Player of the Week (12/6 & 1/24). He shared the newcomer award with Moore after the first meeting this season.
As a team, APSU leads the OVC in assists (14.7 apg), blocked shots (4.0 bpg), turnover margin (+3.92) and 3-point defense, holding teams to a .317 average per game. The Govs are also second in the league in scoring offense (75.0 ppg), field-goal percentage (.462), steals (8.8 spg), and assist/turnover ratio (1.1).
The Tiger will end their road stretch at Tennessee Tech on Monday, Feb. 14, in Cookeville, Tenn. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Eblen Center.