MBB to meet Morehead State in OVC play
Sunday, January 3, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University men's basketball will travel to Morehead, Ky. for the ninth road game of the season and their fifth in a six-game span, to play the defending Ohio Valley Conference tournament champions, Morehead State.

The OVC match-up will take place on Monday, Jan. 4, with a 6:30 p.m. tip-off (cst) at the Johnson Arena.

The game will be broadcasted live on the Big Blue Sports Network and televised with online video stream on ovcsports.tv. 

TSU (3-11, 0-3) is without a win in conference play and will meet one of their toughest challenges of the season. The Tigers have lost three straight, including a 79-71 loss to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday (1/2).

The Tigers shot a season best from three-point land, 53 percent, and 47 percent overall in their last outing. Four starters posted double-figures. Josh Sain (13), Robert Covington (12), Wil Peters (12), and Jeremiah Crutcher (10) combined for 47 points.

TSU is shooting 41 percent on the year while hauling in 33 boards per game. Sain continues to lead the Tigers in scoring with 14.7 ppg. Covington (9.9 ppg) and Peters (9.8) follow respectively. Covington leads the team with 5.6 rpg with Peters scoring double digits in six of the last seven games.

For the series, MSU carries a 27-23 record over TSU including a 94-73 win last year (1/29/09) in Johnson Arena on ESPNU. However, the Tigers have won six of the last nine encounters against the Eagles and posted a win last season in the Gentry Center, 71-64 (1/5/09).

The Eagles (7-6, 2-1), picked up their third straight victory defeating OVC foe, Austin Peay State, 68-65, in overtime at home (1/2). On the season, they are shooting 43 percent from the floor and lead the league with a +7.4 rebounding margin over their opponents.

The 2008-09 OVC tournament champions were picked in the preseason poll, along with Murray State, to finish first in the conference and are led by reigning OVC Player of the Year, Kenneth Faried.

Faried was also selected as the OVC Preseason Player of the Year and ranks first in the conference in rebounding (12.7 rpg, 8.8 def./3.9 off.) and third in scoring (16.2 ppg) and blocks (2.2 bpg).

Faried dominated the glass against Austin Peay with 19 boards to go with 12 points, managing his ninth season and 40th career double-double in the win. Faried also eclipsed the 1, 000th career point in the Eagles previous 66-64 win over South Dakota (12/28/09).

He is joined in the scoring effort by the team's second leading scorer, Demonte Harper (13 ppg) and OVC preseason selection, Maze Stallworth, who is averaging 10.9 ppg and 4.7 rpg. Brandon Shingles leads the conference with 5.7 assists per game and is posting a 1.9 assist/turnover ratio for the Eagles.

Next, the Tigers will return to OVC action at home in the Gentry Center against Murray State. The games will be held during 92Q Night on Jan. 7 with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.