BIG BLUE TIPS OFF OVC HOME SCHEDULE AGAINST SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State is looking forward to a two-game homestand to open the Ohio Valley Conference home portion of its schedule and the week begins with a Thursday night game against the Southeast Missouri State Indians. The contest will be part of a doubleheader as will Saturday's matchup against Eastern Illinois. The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m. with the men's game to follow at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers are 1-1 in the OVC after splitting games at Alabama league members Jacksonville State and Samford last week. TSU is 6-10 overall with 12 of the team's first 16 games coming away from the Gentry Center. TSU has been without the services of leading scorer and rebounder Rod Flowers. Flowers sprained his right ankle Dec. 31 at Iowa State and remains questionable for this week's games. Flowers is averaging 15.7 ppg and 9.5 rpg. Bruce Price averages 14.7 ppg and Wayne Arnold, coming off a 17-point performance at Samford, averages 10.5 ppg. Southeast Missouri will bring a 6-8 overall and 1-2 conference record into its annual visit to the Gentry Center. The Indians are coming off a solid 79-60 home win over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday in the Show Me Center. Five of Southeast's losses have been by four points or less. The game will be Southeast's last road game with their long-standing Indians nickname. Next week, the Southeast teams will have Redhawks as a new nickname. The Tigers and Southeast split their two meetings last season and the series stands tied 13-13. Southeast won the first game 81-75 with the Tigers coming back on Feb. 14 to win 90-86.