Tigers to take on intracity opponent, Vanderbilt, at Memorial Gymnasium
Friday, December 18, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University will look to extend their winning streak three when they travel across town to face Vanderbilt on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3:00 p.m. inside Memorial Gymnasium.

The game marks the 35th anniversary of the first time the teams met on the hardwood on December 8, 1973. During a time when race relations were still touchy, Vanderbilt edged the Tigers led by Head Coach Ed Martin, 67-66, at Memorial Gymnasium.  Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 6-0, with every game taking place at Memorial Gym.

The last time the teams met, Vanderbilt held off the Tigers, 83-74, during the 2007-08 season.

The Tigers (3-8, 0-2) enter Saturday's game having notched back-to-back wins including an, 80-77, victory over Alabama A&M.  TSU shot 48 percent from the floor and received career-highs in scoring from Jeremiah Crutcher and Wil Peters. Crutcher scored his third 20+ performance in four games, scoring a game-high 25 points. Peters was perfect from the charity stripe, 6-of-6, to follow with 17 points.

On the season, the Tigers have improved steadily and are shooting 40 percent from the floor. Josh Sain leads the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game, and Robert Covington also posts double digits with 10.4 points per contest. Darius Cox having sat out the last two games still leads the Tigers in rebounds with 5.6 per game.

Vanderbilt (6-3) is coming off an eight-day break after their last game against Western Kentucky, a game the Commodores dropped, 76-69, at the Nashville Arena on December 11. VU has dropped two consecutive games, while returning to play in front of the home crowd, where the team has a 3-0 record this season. Vanderbilt's last game at home resulted in a 79-68 win over DePaul on December 5.

Against Western Kentucky, forward Jeffery Taylor, who scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, both team highs, led Vanderbilt.  The 21-point effort was his second 20+ point game of the season. 

The Commodores are led in scoring and rebounding by Taylor, who averages 15.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  Jermaine Beal adds 13.2 points per contest, and center A.J. Ogilvy chips in 12.7 points per game. Ogilvy is second on the team in rebounding at 5.6 rebounds per game. VU is shooting 46 percent from the floor and averaging 74 points per game.

Next, the Tigers will play their second straight SEC opponent when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to match-up with Alabama. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on December 30th.