Tigers sluggish in loss to Murray State
Friday, January 8, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers shot 35 percent from the field overall and scored 19 first-half points as Tennessee State University fell to Murray State in league play, 80-59, Thursday night (1/7) at the Gentry Center.

The loss gives TSU their fifth straight while remaining without a win in OVC action.

Three Tigers finished in double figures with Josh Sain posting a team-high 13 points. Jacquan Nobles scored 12 points from 4-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-5 from three-point range. Robert Covington added 10 points and Darius Cox finished with a game-high six rebounds.

TSU (3-13, 0-5 OVC) trailed, 14-0, before scoring their first basket of the night. The Tigers shot 27 percent from the floor in the first half and trailed at the break, 43-19.

In the second, TSU could not get find their offensive rhythm, falling behind from the largest lead of the night, 71-39, with 7:58 remaining. The Tigers mustered a 20-9 run down the stretch but could not climb out of the early deficit.

The Racers (12-3, 4-0 OVC) pulled in 42 boards and scored 34 points in the paint to finish shooting 54 percent from the floor. From behind the arc, they hit 7-of-14 and defensively managed six blocks that led to scores.

Isacc Miles (4-of-6) and Tony Easley (5-of-7) scored 13 points each to lead the Racers' offense. Easley recorded four blocks and five rebounds. Donte Poole and Jeffery McClain each followed with nine points.

The Tigers will play their next OVC game against UT Martin on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Gentry Center. Tip-off has been rescheduled for 5 p.m.