Tigers keep rolling with a 76-57 win over Jacksonville State
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - In their last home game of the season on Senior Night, the Tennessee State University men's basketball team remained hot in conference play. The Tigers picked up their fourth straight victory with a 76-57 win over Jacksonville State at the Gentry Center on Wednesday night (2/17).

The Tigers (8-20, 5-11) post their largest scoring margin and longest winning streak of the season. TSU adds a buffer in the eighth spot going up two and a half games with Southeast Missouri State trailing in ninth with three conference wins.

TSU shot a season-high 57.4 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range. The Tigers also received an extra lift from their reserves with 28 points and scored 18 points on nine JSU turnovers.

Jacquan Nobles led the team with 18 points hitting 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from behind the arc. Martell Buie notched a career-high in back-to-back games. He scored 15 points (5-of-8) including 2-of-4 from long range. Wil Peters followed with 14 points shooting 50 percent from the floor (6-of-12).

In their last game at the Gentry Center, seniors Lonnie Funderburke and Jeremiah Crutcher finished with team and game highs. Funderburke scored four points but hauled in a team-high six boards. Crutcher scored seven points and dished out a game-high seven assists.

TSU jumped out to a 13-5 lead and never looked back shooting 61.9 percent from the field in the first half. The Tigers walked into the locker room with a 37-27 advantage at the break. In the second half, the Tigers held the lead by double digits for the rest of the game.

The Gamecocks came within ten points of the lead three times with their last opportunity to cut the advantage to single digits at the 8:51 mark (57-47). The Tigers extended the lead with a 12-2 run on their way to the largest lead of the night, 76-54, with under a minute of play.

JSU (11-16, 7-10 OVC) drops their third straight while committing 18 turnovers for the game. John Barnes led the Gamecocks with 18 points from 6-of-13 from the field including 3-of-6 from three-point range. Stephen Hall added nine points and Nick Murphy managed eight points with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Next, the Tigers will take on Central Michigan in the eighth annual ESPN BracketBusters on Saturday, Feb. 20. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. at the Rose Center.

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Lonnie Funderburke (l), Coach John Cooper (m), Jeremiah Crutcher (r) during the Senior Night recognition.