Tigers return home to face Belmont
Monday, November 29, 2010

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers will return home after a three-game road trip to host Belmont at the Gentry Center.

The non-conference match-up is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

TSU leads the all-time series versus the Bruins, 9-6, but Belmont has captured the last four meetings by an average of 13 points. Last season, the Tigers dropped a 69-60 decision to Belmont at the Curb Event Center.

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TSU's last victory over the Bruins was back in 1987 recording 91-87 win.

On the year, the Tigers (1-4) are coming off road losses to Illinois State (73-68), Air Force (87-72), and Saint Louis (78-50). Their only win thus far is a home victory over Fisk, 85-50.

In their last time on the court, the Tigers shot 58 percent in the first half, but ran out of steam in the second hitting 33 percent (8-of-24) from the field dropping their third straight at Saint Louis.

Robert Covington posted a game high, 21 points, shooting 75 percent from the floor. Kenny Moore chipped in 11 points and seven boards.

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Moore leads the Tigers in scoring averaging 14.2 points with 8.4 rebounds per game. He currently has scored in double figures in each game.

Covington, coming off his best performance of the season, is TSU's top rebounder with 8.8 per game to compliment 12.8 points per contest.

The Tigers have been paced by Patrick Miller who is second on the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game. Miller has scored in double figures in 4-of-5 games and ties a team-high 3.2 apg.

For Belmont (3-1), Ian Clark (14.2 ppg), Scott Saunders (12.2 ppg) and top rebounder Mick Hedgepeth (11.0 ppg / 6.8 rpg) lead the Bruins in scoring.  The Bruins are riding a three-game win streak after an 85-76 loss to Tennessee to open the season.

The Bruins picked up wins over Arkansas State (93-60), Marist (102-74), and defending Big South Conference Champions, Winthrop (71-44). Belmont held Winthrop to two made field goals in the last 17 minutes with Hedgepeth and Saunders each adding nine points and 10 rebounds.

Next, TSU will open conference play when they travel to Charleston, Ill. to face Eastern Illinois. Tip-off is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lantz Arena.