Tigers return to action at home versus Tennessee Tech
Monday, February 15, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will host Tennessee Tech in OVC action at the Gentry Center on Monday, Feb. 15, during Academic Achievement Night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The game will broadcast live on the Big Blue Sports Network and OVCsports.tv.

The Tigers (6-20, 3-11 OVC) have won their last two games with conference wins over UT Martin (2/6), 74-68, and Austin Peay State (2/13), 76-67.

The last time the Tigers pulled off back-to-back wins was early this season. They captured their first road contest of the year against Detroit Mercy (12/8/09), 70-69, and returned home to defeat Alabama A&M (12/15/09), 80-77.

In their last outing against Austin Peay, TSU pulled off the upset victory coming back from a 15-point deficit in the second half. Four Tigers posted double figures in scoring with Jeremiah Crutcher recording a game-high 22 points. Crutcher shot 6-of-14 from the floor scoring17 points in the second-half.

Robert Covington followed with 17 points hitting 6-of-12 from the field while pulling in six rebounds. Jacquan Nobles posted 15 points and Wil Peters scored 12 points from 4-of-8 shooting including 3-of-5 from long range. Peters also posted a game-high six assists with Tashan Fredrick hauling in a career and team-high nine rebounds.

Nobles is TSU's leading scorer with 11.1 ppg and has registered double figures in scoring in five of the last six games. Covington follows with 9.6 ppg and is the team's leading rebounder posting 5.7 rebounds per game. Wil Peters is averaging 9.0 ppg and has played in all 26 games on the season making 23 starts.

TSU continues to battle for a chance to make the OVC tourney moving into the eighth spot in the team standings with their last win. Only the top eight teams in the conference are eligible to compete in the conference tournament in March. The Tigers are shooting 40 percent from the floor and have moved into the top three in several team categories in the league. TSU is second in the OVC in three-pointers made per game (7.8) and rank second in steals (8.2) and defending the three-point basket, holding teams to 35.3 percent.

For the series against TTU, the Tigers trail 23-26 having dropped their last game to the Golden Eagles, 61-56, earlier this season at the Eblen Center (1/23). The teams have traded wins the last two seasons.

Nobles scored a team-high, 16 points, connecting 5-of-10 from the floor. Peters scored 12 points (3-of-7) going 2-of-2 from three-point range and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. Covington pulled in a career and game-high, 11 rebounds, to go with nine points.

With 3:05 left to play, TTU sealed the game using an 11-5 run, connecting 4-of-4 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line.

TTU finished with three players in double figures while shooting 48 percent from the floor. Kevin Murphy posted a game-high 18 points (8-of-13) with five rebounds. Alfred Jones (5-of-5) and Jud Dillard (5-of-6) registered 11 points each with Jones pulling in a team-high seven boards.

The Golden Eagles step into the match-up having snapped a three-game skid defeating UT Martin in OVC play, 70-61, Saturday night (2/13).

Frank Davis led all scorers with 19 points, hitting 4-for-8 from long distance. Jones added 13 points and nine rebounds while Muhammad scored 11 and grabbed six boards. Murphy finished with nine points, snapping a streak of 18 consecutive games in double figures and Bassey Inameti blocked a career-high six shots in the contest.

Murphy (15.0 ppg), Davis (14.5 ppg) and Muhammed (11.7 ppg) power the TTU offense that ranks in the top three in several categories. The Golden Eagles posts a league best from long range (.409) and are ranked second in scoring (74.8 ppg) and field goal percentage (.476). TTU is shooting 47.6 percent from the field and is one of four teams in a tight battle for fourth place in the OVC standings.

Murphy is fifth in scoring in the conference while Davis is the OVC's top three-point shooter connecting 47.5 percent from behind the arc. Muhammed is the conference's best free-throw shooter at 86 percent and his 4.4 assists per game stands third in the league. On the glass, Jones (8.5 ppg) pulls in a team best 5.3 rebounds per contest.

The Tigers will host Jacksonville State in a rescheduled match-up from Feb. 2, holding Coaches vs. Cancer and Senior Night. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.