MBB faces Eastern Kentucky at home
Friday, January 29, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will host Eastern Kentucky in OVC play on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Gentry Center. Tip-off time is slated for 5 p.m.

The game was rescheduled due to bad weather conditions in the Nashville area. 

The match-up is the second of a three-game home stand for TSU (14-8, 1-9 OVC) who is gripping a five-game losing streak, tying their second longest skid of the season. For the series record, EKU (14-8, 6-4 OVC) holds the slight advantage, 24-22, and have defeated the Tigers in their last two match-ups.

In their last meeting, with the game tied 65-65, the Colonels used a 19-6 run, capitalizing on six TSU turnovers, to pull out the win.

TSU had one of their best offensive performances of the season shooting 47 percent from the floor and a season-high from long range, 53 percent. TSU also won the battle of the boards outrebounding EKU, 35-21. The Colonels scored 46 points in the paint and 29 points from TSU turnovers to account for 56 percent shooting from the floor.

The Tigers had four players score in double figures. Josh Sain scored a team-high, 13 points, to go with six rebounds. Wil Peters and Robert Covington each added 12 points. Jeremiah Crutcher scored all of his 10 points in the second half, hitting 4-of-5 from the floor with 2-of-3 from three-point range.  

All five EKU starters led the Colonels in scoring finishing in double figures. Josh Taylor posted a game-high 17 points with six rebounds. Justin Stommes hit 16 points with Spencer Perrin and Papa Oppong both scoring 14 points. Joshua Jones chipped in 13 points from 4-of-7 shooting.

The last time TSU beat EKU was last season inside the Gentry Center, 69-63, on Jan. 3, 2009.

The Tigers are coming off a 65-50 conference loss to Morehead State giving-up a 24-8 run after climbing within six points of the lead.

Darius Cox registered his first double double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.  Jacquan Nobles also scored 10 points and Sain posted nine points.

For the season, the Tigers are shooting 40 percent from the floor with Sain continuing to lead the offense with 14.4 points per game. Nobles (10.2 ppg) and Covington (10.0 ppg) have combined to account for 31 percent of the offense. Covington also leads the team with 5.7 boards per game.

The Colonels have lost their last two games after winning four straight with three coming over league opponents.

EKU suffered an 80-76-conference loss to Austin Peay (1/28) after having their 19-game home win streak snapped by league and state rival Morehead State (1/23), 69-53.

Against APSU, three Colonels registered double figures. Justin Stommes scored 20 points (7-of-14); Joshua Jones added 16 points and Josh Taylor (5-of-10) chipped in 12.

Stommes leads EKU with 15 ppg and is ranked fifth in the conference in scoring. Taylor is second on the team with 13.9 points per game and despite scoring three points against APSU, Papa Oppong posts 11.3 ppg.

EKU ranks second in the conference in free-throw percentage (.727), assists (16.2) and three-point percentage (.403).

Jones (.477) and Oppong (.473) are ranked first and second in individual three-point shooting in the OVC.

Next, the Tigers will face Jacksonville State at home in the Gentry Center for Coaches vs. Cancer Night, on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.