Tigers Tack On Win with Upset over Austin Peay
Saturday, February 14, 2009

TSU captures win in Clarksville for the first time since 1999.

Clarksville, Tenn. – Gerald Robinson, Jr. led the Tigers in scoring with 25 points (10-of-18) while snaring eight rebounds with Darius Cox and Jerrell Houston each posting double-doubles to help knock off Austin Peay State, 88-80, at the Dunn Center Saturday night. The win is the Tigers' second straight and first in Clarksville since the 1999 season.

Cox scored 20 points (6-of-10) with ten boards dishing out seven assists. Houston chipped in 14 points (6-of-11) with 15 rebounds adding five assists. Emanuel Gaiter scored 11 points in reserve role while Jeremiah Crutcher finished with seven assists.

TSU (8-17, 6-9 OVC) shot 51 percent from the floor and dominated the glass with 47 rebounds to APSU's 36. The Tigers' bench outscored the Governors' reserves 36-25. Defensively, the Tigers held the lead the entire game holding APSU to 40 percent shooting.

The Tigers jumped out to an early lead midway through the first half, 15-6. The Governors rallied back shrinking the Tiger lead 21-14 with 6:32 remaining before the break. Both teams exchanged scores leading to a TSU 13-11 edge and halftime lead, 36-25.

At the 9:05 mark in the second half, the Tigers held the largest lead of the game 63-43, but the Governors bounced back on a 27-13 run to narrow the deficit, 76-70, with 1:11 remaining.

Austin Peay (14-11, 8-5 OVC) was led by Drake Reed who finished with a game-high 30 points (10-of-20). Wes Channel and Caleb Brown each added 11 points apiece for the Governors.

With under a minute, APSU still trailed by six but the Tigers' 8-of-8 free throw shooting with less than 35 seconds left held off the Governors' comeback.

The Tigers will travel to Cookeville, Tenn. for their last road game of the season when they face-off against Tennessee Tech. The game will again be televised on ESPNU and is scheduled for Thursday, February 19th, with a 8 p.m. tip-off.