Tigers gear up for Tennessee Tech
Saturday, January 22, 2011

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers will defend their 6-1 home record at the Gentry Center when they host Tennessee Tech in OVC play.

The game will be the Tigers' third straight conference game at home with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.

The Tigers (9-9, 6-2 OVC) picked up wins during their homestand against Austin Peay, 76-74 OT, last Saturday and are coming off a, 68-63, come from behind victory over Jacksonville State on Thursday.

The Tigers are off to their best start in conference play since the mid 90's.

Against JSU, Robert Covington (13.9 ppg) posted his third straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Tigers overcome an 18-point deficit in the second half. RECAP...

TSU will meet TTU for the 51st match-up in the program's history. The Tigers trail the tightly fought series, 26-24, with the teams splitting the regular season the last three years.

In the last meeting, the Tigers won, 109-102, in double overtime against the Golden Eagles at the Gentry Center on Feb. 15, 2010.

Covington managed a double-double with then, career-highs, 24 points and 12 rebounds, to go with two blocks. Tashan Fredrick (3.9 ppg) finished with a career-high 13 points and tallied a double-double with 10 boards. Jacquan Nobles (7.0 ppg) added 12 points. It was the first time both teams battled in overtime with TSU cracking the century mark since the 2004-05 season. RECAP...

Covington along with TSU's leading scorer, Kenny Moore (14.7 ppg), and team leader in assists, Wil Peters (11.1 ppg / 4.5 apg), make up the top three-point shooters in the OVC. As a team, the Tigers lead the conference in 3-point field-goal percentage with 38 percent.

Both Covington and Moore lead the Tigers in rebounding with 7.6 per game. Patrick Miller rounds out the top scorers averaging 11.3 ppg and leads the team in minutes on the floor per game with 34.4.

Tennessee Tech (9-8, 5-3 OVC) enters after upsetting Austin Peay State in Clarksville, Tenn. on Thursday.

The Golden Eagles are one game out of first place in the OVC after Zac Swansey (8.8 ppg) nailed a three pointer at the last second to end the game on ESPNU. The shot made ESPN SportsCenter's No.1 for the top ten highlights of the evening.

The Golden Eagles were selected to finish seventh on the OVC Preseason Poll and are led by their preseason selection and leading scorer Kevin Murphy (14.5 ppg). Jud Dillard follows with 10.6 ppg and Zach Bailey completes the double figure scoring with 10.1 ppg.

TTU's top rebounders are Terrell Barnes (5.4 rpg) and Murphy (5.0 rpg) with Swansey leading the OVC with 7.0 assists per game. The Golden Eagles lead the OVC in scoring (78.2 ppg), field-goal percentage (.490), offensive rebounding (37.2), defensive rebounding (24.6) and steals (9.8).

Next, TSU will hit the road for a two-game OVC swing making their first stop at Morehead State. The match-up is slated for Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.