MBB gear up for league contest at UT Martin
Friday, February 5, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will travel to Martin, Tenn. for OVC play against UT Martin. The game is slated for Saturday, Feb. 6, at Skyhawk Arena.

TSU (4-20, 1-11 OVC) is victim to a seven-game skid, their longest losing streak since the 2006-07 season.

Against the Skyhawks, the Tigers hold the series record, 26-21, winning their last meeting earlier this year, 73-59, inside the Gentry Center (1/9). The Tigers picked up their last win on the season against UTM.

The Tigers opened a double digit lead in the first half and held it throughout the game tacking on their single conference win on the season. They also snapped a five-game losing streak and a seven-game skid to the Skyhawks. The win gave TSU their first against UTM since 2006. 

Offensively, TSU shot 38 percent overall, 36 percent from long range, while topping the boards, 42-38.

Wil Peters scored 16 points, to go with a career and game-high, nine rebounds. Robert Covington registered 14 points from 6-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Jeremiah Crutcher finished with a game-high seven assists and a career-high six rebounds.

UTM was led in scoring by Ron Spencer and Reuben Clayton. Spencer scored 16 points and collected eight rebounds, hitting 5-of-6 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free-throw line. Clayton finished with 14 points and four rebounds.

TSU is coming off a 76-54 OVC loss to Murray State (2/4). Covington managed game-highs, 19 points and eight rebounds to lead TSU.

Jacquan Nobles leads the team in scoring with 10.6 ppg. Covington follows with 10.4 ppg and a team best 5.9 rebounds per game.

For the Skyhawks (3-18, 0-11 OVC), four players post double figures in scoring. Marquis Weddle in 11 games played is averaging 16.3 ppg. Benzor Simmons ranks seventh in the league in both scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounds (5.8 rpg). Clayton is averaging 13.1 ppg to go with 4.1 rpg.

UTM has lost two straight after snapping a seven-game drop against SIU Edwardsville (1/25), 68-52. The Skyhawks were downed 74-69 at home against Austin Peay in league play.

Weddle scored a game-high, 23 points, from 10-of-18 shooting to go with eight boards. Simmons finished with 17 points going 6-of-12 from the floor including 3-of-4 from long range.  

Next, the Tigers will return home to host Austin Peay on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.