Nashville, Tenn. - It will be the final tune up game for the Tigers when Tennessee State University hosts Carson-Newman in exhibition play on Nov. 8 at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
TSU holds a 6-3 lead in the all-time series, winning, including five straight, with seven match-ups coming in regular season play. The Tigers won the last meeting against the Eagles in a 2007 exhibition, 85-75, at the Gentry Center. The last time C-N beat TSU was 1973, 94-91.
Last week, the Tigers opened their 2010-11 schedule with a come from behind, 84-77, exhibition win over Trevecca Nazarene on Nov. 2.
After a slow start and a 15-point deficit, the Tigers went on a 26-14 run to take the lead and held of the Trojans under five minutes outscoring them 11-3.
Robert Covington led all scorers with 20 points and Patrick Miller added 19 points hitting 11-of-14 free throws. Kenny Moore came off the bench to chip in 15 points (5-of-10) and six rebounds. Wil Peters scored 10 points and dished out four assists.
The Eagles were picked to finish ninth in the Division II South Atlanta Conference and are 0-2 this year in exhibition play under new head coach Chuck Benson. C-N dropped a 96-61 decision to East Tennessee State (11/2) and are coming off a 95-46 loss to Tennessee Tech (11/4).
Freshman Ishmael Sanders scored double figures in both games hitting 17 points against ETSU and 12 points versus TTU. They return one starter in Erwin Staten and four letter winners from last year's team who finished with an 11-17 record. Staten scored 12 points in the loss to ETSU.
The Tigers will open the regular season on the road this week in Starksville, Miss. against Mississippi State. The match-up is scheduled for Nov. 12 with tip-off slated for 7 p.m.