Tigers Gear up for Road Swing, First Stop, Northern Illinois
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University basketball team will hit the road to play their first of six consecutive away games, making their first stop in Dekalb, Ill. to match up with Northern Illinois. The Tigers will play the Huskies inside the Convocation Center on Friday, November 20, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The game is a return from an ESPN Bracketbuster match-up. During the 2007-08 season, due to unfortunate events on the campus of NIU, TSU did not play. Last year, the Tigers edged NIU at the Gentry Center, 75-73. Both teams are in search of their first win of the season with TSU holding the series lead, 2-1.

In their season opener, TSU (0-1) fell to Siena, 85-69, at home. Robert Covington, a Bellwood, Ill. native, scored a team high, 21 points. Josh Sain followed with 16 points and Wil Peters led with seven assists. The team shot 42 percent from the floor and forced Siena to commit a game high,  29 turnovers.

NIU (0-2) is nursing two road losses to open the season. The Huskies loss to BigTen opponents, Northwestern, 77-55 (11/13), and Illinois, 80-61 (11/17). The Huskies come in averaging 58 points per game and is led by Xavier Silas and Darion Anderson. Silas scored 18 points in NIU's opener but did not see action versus Illinois. Anderson is averaging 9.5 points/game and ranks among the top three on the team in rebounds and assists.

Next, the Tigers will participate in the Chicago Invitational Challenge. The Tigers will play four teams in the tourney, heading to Evanston, Ill. to play Northwestern in game one. The game is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 22, with tip-off at 1 p.m.