Tigers claw out a 71-65 win over Tennessee Tech
Sunday, January 23, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers outscored the Golden Eagles in the second-half, 42-36, as Tennessee State University picked up another victory at the Gentry Center with a, 71-65, conference win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday night.

The Tigers (10-9, 7-2 OVC) moved to 7-1 at home and are currently undefeated at the Gentry Center in league play this season. The win gives TSU four straight with the Tigers off to their best start in OVC play since the 1995-96 season.

Patrick Miller provided the lift for TSU scoring a career-high, 22 points, to lead all scorers. Miller shot 5-of-10 overall while hitting 12-of-18 from the line in the second half. He ties a career-best, six rebounds, while finishing with two assists.

Kenny Moore added a double-double, his fifth on the year, with 16 points and 10 boards. Wil Peters chalked up 12 points and tied a game-high, five assists, with teammate Jacquan Nobles.

Nobles' five assists is a career best. He also added nine points off the bench from 3-of-6 shooting from long range.

There were 13 lead changes and the game was tied four times with TTU holding the lead midway through the first half.

After the score was tied, 29-29, at the break, TSU was down by their largest deficit in the second half, 49-42, at the 10:24 mark.

A 15-0 run fueled by baskets from Miller, Moore, Nobles, Peters and Robert Covington, gave TSU a 57-49 advantage with 6:53 remaining for their largest lead of the night.

The Tigers never relinquished the lead from that point on. With 2:10 left in the game, TSU led 64-60,but Miller's 5-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line down the stretch defended TTU's comeback effort.

TSU shot 40 percent from the floor overall and lost the battle on the glass to TTU, 46-42. Defensively, the Tigers outscored TTU 13-12 from turnovers with Michael Green posting a game-high, while tying a career best, with five blocks.

The Golden Eagles (9-9, 5-4 OVC) shot 36 percent from the floor and missed four three-point attempts with under a minute left in the game. TTU was led by Kevin Murphy's double-double, 16 points and 10 boards. Zac Swansey added 13 points and a team-high four assists. Zach Bailey chipped in 11 points to go with three rebounds.

Next up, TSU will hit the road for a two-game conference road swing making their first stop at Morehead State. The match-up will take place on Thursday, Jan. 27, with tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m.