Nashville, Tenn. - After picking up back-to-back wins, the Tennessee State University Tigers will host Jacksonville State in Ohio Valley Conference play. The match-up is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. inside the Gentry Center. It will be TSU's second of three straight OVC home games.
The Tigers (8-9, 5-2 OVC) hold a 5-1 record at home this season and are coming off a, 76-74, win in overtime at the Gentry Center over Austin Peay State. Four Tigers finished in double figures with Kenny Moore recording his fourth double-double on the season. He finished with a team-high 20 points along with 10 rebounds. Wil Peters added 16 points including the game winner in extra play. RECAP...
TSU enters the game tied for second in the conference while leading the league in free-throw percentage (.768) and three-point field goals made per game (7.8). With Moore, Peters, Robert Covington and Patrick Miller spotlighting a balanced offensive attack, the Tigers are the only team in the OVC to currently post four players among the top 20 in scoring in the conference.
Moore, named OVC Newcomer of the Week on Monday, currently leads the Tigers in scoring (14.6 ppg), rebounds (7.6 rpg), and three-point percentage (.490). Covington (13.6 ppg / 7.5 rpg) follows in both scoring and rebounding and Miller (11.4 ppg) leads the team with minutes on the floor with 34.9. Peters (11.1 ppg) dishes out a team best, 4.4 assists per game, and was named OVC Player of the Week for his efforts in the win against APSU.
Moore, Peters, and Covington make up the top three-point shooters in OVC.
For the series, TSU holds the slight advantage over JSU, 9-7, which includes a 7-1 record at the Gentry Center versus the Gamecocks. Both teams have split the regular season meetings in four of the last five seasons.
In their last meeting, the Tigers picked up a 76-57 win at home on Feb. 17, 2010. The Tigers recorded their largest margin of victory on the year while shooting a season-high 57 percent. Jacquan Nobles (7.0 ppg), led TSU with 18 points and Peters followed with 14. RECAP...
The Gamecocks (2-16, 0-7 OVC) have dropped 12 consecutive games including an OVC, 63-60, loss to Tennessee Martin last Saturday. The conference loss gives them the current longest losing streak, dating back to last season, in league play with 11. JSU's last conference win was against Tennessee Martin on Feb. 11, 2010
JSU was selected to finish eighth in the OVC Preseason Poll and are led by their All-OVC Preseason selection, Nick Murphy (15.2 ppg). Murphy is JSU's first OVC preseason selection since the 2006-07 season. Murphy is the Gamecocks' career leader in points (1, 323) and rebounds (613) at the Division I level. He sits 11th on the all-time scoring list, six points shy from 10th spot.
Along with Murphy, Stephen Hall (11.0 ppg) and Jeremy Bynum (10.9 ppg) also posts double figures. Both Murphy (5.9 rpg) and Hall (5.1 rpg) are the top rebounders for the Gamecocks; who have lost their 12 straight games by an average of 8.2 points and their OVC match-ups during the drought by a margin of 7.7.
Next, the Tigers will host Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Jan. 22, for Kid's Night presented by McDonalds. Tip-off is slated for 7;30 p.m. inside the Gentry Center.