Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers will return to Ohio Valley Conference play when they travel to Murray, Ky. to face No. 22 (CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25) Murray State. The game is scheduled for Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m. inside the CFSB Center.
TSU (6-8, 3-1 OVC) is coming off their second straight loss, losing 91-86, at Memphis on Sunday. Kenny Moore led five Tigers in double figures tying a career high, 22 points, shooting 5-of-6, from three-point range. RECAP...
Moore picked up his second OVC Newcomer of the Week honor this week and leads TSU in scoring (14.3 ppg), rebounds (7.5 rpg), field-goal percentage (.500), and 3FG (.486). STORY...
He is just one of four Tigers who help balance the scoring efforts while averaging in double figures. Robert Covington follows in both scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) hitting .497 of his shots from the floor.
Wil Peters is posting 11.7 points and a team leading 4.3 assists per game. He recently recorded a career high in assists against MTSU and a team best, seven, versus Memphis. Two-time OVC Freshman of the Week, Patrick Miller, rounds out the bunch with 11.3 ppg and leads the squad with minutes on the floor with 34.4.
The Tigers and Racers will meet after matching up for the second straight season in the first round of the OVC Tournament. The Tigers dropped an, 84-51, decision as the No. 8 seed while Murray State (No. 1) went on to capture the OVC title last year. Covington pulled in a team-high, seven rebounds, to go with nine points. RECAP...
The Tigers trail the all-time series, 43-15, winning their last game against the Racers, 83-75, on March 7, 2008 in the semi-finals of the OVC Tournament. RECAP... Since then, the Racers have picked up six straight including winning seven of the last nine meetings over TSU.
Murray State will put their 24-game home win-streak on the line winning five at home this year. The streak is tied for fourth longest in the nation. The Racers are currently on a five-game win streak picking up their last at home against SIU Edwardsville, 71-46, on Dec. 30.
The Racers (9-4, 2-1 OVC) were selected to finish first in the OVC preseason polls. For this year's preseason selections, Murray State led the way with four picks in Ivan Aska (9.2 ppg), Isaiah Canaan (11.9 ppg), B.J. Jenkins (10.4 ppg), and Isacc Miles (7.9 ppg).
Aska is Murray State's top rebounder with 6.1 per game with Jenkins leading the OVC in free-throw shooting with a .929 average. The Racers, as a team, lead the conference, holding their opponents to 61.3 points per game. Their only conference loss this season was at Morehead State, 75-65, a team that the Tigers defeated in the early part of December.
The Tigers will play travel to UT Martin next for an OVC match-up on Saturday, Jan. 8. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.