Tigers Continue Play in Chicago Invitational Challenge
Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will participate in the 4th Annual Chicago Invitational Challenge from Nov. 22-28.

The list of tournament teams include: Notre Dame, Northwestern, Iowa State, Saint Louis, Liberty, Mississippi Valley State and Kennesaw State.

TSU (0-2) enters the tournament fresh off an 85-57 loss to Northern Illinois. Freshman Jacquan Nobles led all scorers with 21 points off the bench, helping the Tigers claw within 13 points of the lead in the second half.

Nobles is averaging 13 points per game with Josh Sain posting 12.5 points, Robert Covington 13 points, and Darius Cox adding 10 points per contest.

In the tourney, the Tigers will travel first to Evanston, Ill. to play Big Ten opponent, Northwestern (11/22), at the Welsh-Ryan Arena with game time scheduled for 1 p.m.

This will be the first meeting between the Tigers and the Wildcats. The Wildcats (1-1) are coming off a 67-54 loss to No. 11 Butler on Nov. 18. They are led in scoring by Michael Thompson (14 ppg), John Shurna (12 ppg) and Jeremy Nash (11 ppg).

For the second game, TSU will head to Ames, Iowa to match-up with the Big 12's Iowa State. The Cyclones (3-0) lead the series record against the Tigers, 2-0. In the last meeting, ISU defeated TSU 59-51 during the 2005-06 season.

The Cyclones enter the tournament after a 90-70 win over Drake and have defeated their opponents thus far by 20 or more points. Five players are posting double figure scoring for ISU. LaRon Dendy (16 ppg), Lucca Staiger (15.7 ppg), Craig Brackins (15.3 ppg), Scott Christopherson (12.3 ppg) lead the offense with Marquis Gilstrap registering a double-double with 10.3 points and 10 rebounds per game.

The Cyclones will host Mississippi Valley State in the first round on Sunday (11/22).

TSU will play their last two games of the tournament at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill. from Nov. 27-28.

The Tigers will meet Kennesaw State on Friday (11/27) for the first time in school history. The Owls (2-0), coming off of back-to-back home games, enter the CIC after a 78-65 home-win over North Georgia. The Owls will play at Saint Louis (11/22) and Notre Dame (11/24) before playing TSU.The Owls are led in scoring by Markeith Cummings (16.5 ppg), Jon-Michael Nickerson (16 ppg) and Kurtis Woods (11.5 ppg).

With a win over KSU, The Tigers will conclude the tournament on Saturday, Nov. 28, against the winner between Mississippi Valley State and Liberty University. With a loss, TSU will match-up with the losing team in the MVSU vs. LU game.