Tigers return to play against Austin Peay State
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers, pacing off a conference win, will face OVC rivals Austin Peay State inside the Gentry Center on Saturday, Feb. 13 for Courtside Dining and Sponsor Recognition 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 (5-20, 2-11 OVC) will face the Governors for the second time this season after losing to APSU in a close battle on ESPNU, 79-77, at the Dunn Center in Clarksville, Tenn.

Four Tigers finished in double figures with Jacquan Nobles scoring a game-high shooting 7-of-14 overall, with 4-of-8 coming from long range. Robert Covington registered 15 points and a team-high, nine boards. TSU hit 43 percent from the floor, but a 32-percent shooting performance in the second half cooled them off.

The Governors finished with five players in double figures shooting 52 percent from the floor and 40 percent from the arc. Anthony Campbell tallied a double-double with 17 points (6-of-14) and 13 rebounds. Wes Channels scored 16 points and Justin Blake followed with 15 points. John Fraley added 11 points with nine rebounds and Tyrone Caldwell, giving the Govs a second-half lift, finished 5-of-5 from the floor for 10 points.

TSU trails the Govs in the all-time series, 40-21, winning one of the last four games. TSU picked up their last win versus APSU in 2009 at the Dunn Center, 88-80.

TSU ended a seven-game drought in their last game defeating UT Martin at the Elam Center, 74-68. Nobles scored 20 points and Wil Peters scored 19, including 16 second-half points, sweeping the Skyhawks for the season.

For the second straight game all nine Tigers on the roster scored. Nobles shot 8-of-12 and Peters scored a career-high connecting 6-of-11 from the floor. Lonnie Funderburke and Robert Covington each pulled in a game-best eight rebounds with Jeremiah Crutcher dishing out a game-high five assists.

With the team shorthanded, Nobles leads TSU in scoring with 11 ppg. Covington follows with 9.3 ppg and a team-high 5.6 rpg. The Tigers continue to shoot 41 percent as a team.

The Governors (14-11, 8-5 OVC) are coming off a controversial league game losing to Murray State at the buzzer, 65-63. The game snapped a four-game win streak by the Govs averaging their decisions during the run by three points.

Against Murray State, Anthony Campbell was APSU's only double-figure scorer with 20 points, including four three pointers, while grabbing eight rebounds.

Campbell (15.5 ppg) joins Wes Channels (16.1 ppg) as the team's leading scorers sitting third and fourth in the OVC ranks. The duo has played the most minutes per game in the league and powers APSU to a conference third ranked 72.2 ppg.

In rebounding, John Fraley (9.0 ppg) is listed second in the OVC and leads the Govs with 7.1 rebounds per game.

Next up, the Tigers will host Tennessee Tech in conference play at the Gentry Center on Monday, Feb. 15 with tip-off at 7: 30 p.m.