TIGERS LOSE UGLY AT AUSTIN PEAY, FALL 89-44
-- Suffer worst loss and lowest point total since 2003 season --- Playing at OVC leader Austin Peay (18-7, 15-2 OVC), Tennessee State (10-17, 6-11 OVC) started slow, falling behind 9-1 at 17:30 and never got on track as they quickly fell behind by eleven points (23-12 at 9:50) and twenty points (38-18 at 1:17) before entering the locker room down 38-20 at the half. In the second half, TSU got no closer than sixteen points (42-24) at the 16:36 mark, before Austin Peay sprinted out on runs of 9-0 (53-24) at 14:38 and 15-5 (71-36) at 5:57 to build leads of 26 and 34 respectively. The Governors cruised to their final margin of 45 points and clinched at least a share of the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title. Austin Peay coach Dave Loos also claimed the 350th win of his career. Andrae Belton was the only Tiger to score in double-figures (15). Clarence Matthews and Larry Turner finished the game with eight points each. TSU shot just 23 percent (14-61) from the field, 7.4 percent (2-27) from three-point range and 73.7 percent (14-19) from the foul line. Austin Peay shot 63.8 percent (30-47) from the floor, 36.4 percent (4-11) from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent 25-31) from the FT line. The teams were tied in rebounds with 36 each. The loss puts TSU on a seven-game losing streak and gives them a 2-13 record in road games this season. The 45 point loss is the worst Tennessee State has suffered since coach Cy Alexander's first year at TSU when the Tigers lost by 50 points (109-56) at Wyoming. It is also the lowest point total since TSU scored 44 points in a 71-44 loss at Colorado. That game was in 2003 as well. Tennessee State has one more road game, at Murray State on Wednesday, February 14th before ending the season with three home games against Loyola (MD) on Saturday, February 17th, Morehead State on Thursday, February 22nd and Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, February 24th. The Loyola (MD) game is the ESPNU Bracket Buster game and TSU will honor the Tigers' 1956-57 NAIA Championship team.