Tigers' Effort Cut Short in Loss to Southeast Missouri State
Sunday, December 6, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers' losing streak extended to four with a 74-66 loss to Southeast Missouri State in OVC play Saturday night  (12/5) at the Gentry Center.

TSU (1-8, 0-2) dropped their second conference game of the season while shooting 38 percent from the floor. With the win, the Redhawks (3-6, 1-1) snap a 26-game OVC losing streak, the longest in the nation, connecting 50 percent of their field goals, including 43 percent from three-point range.

For the second straight night, Jeremiah Crutcher led TSU in scoring with a game-high 21 points. He ties a career high achieved on Thursday night (12/3) against Eastern Illinois.

Robert Covington scored 18 points while hauling in a team high, eight boards. Wil Peters followed with 12 points, five rebounds, and a game-high, five assists.

TSU trailed the entire first half and were victims to the Redhawks' 31-17 lead at halftime.

After the break, the Tigers surged on a 21-12 run to chop the lead, 43-38, with 12:02 remaining. With 5:24 on the clock, TSU moved within three, 57-54, from a Tashan Fredrick free throw. The effort would be the closest the Tigers would come within the Redhawks lead. SEMO outscored TSU, 17-12, in the closing minutes, connecting 3-of-3 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the free throw line to secure the win.

SEMO was led offensively by Anthony Allison's 18 points (7-of-13 FG), hitting 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Sam Pearson connected all 12 of his free throws, including four in the final minutes, shooting 2-of-5 for 16 points while adding eight rebounds. Marland Smith followed with 14 points.

TSU will head to Detroit, Mich. To face Detroit Mercy on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in a return game of last year's ESPN Bracket Busters. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m.