Nashville, Tenn. - To close out the 2010-11 regular season, the Tennessee State University Tigers will host Eastern Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 26.
The OVC game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off during Courtside Dining at the Gentry Center.
TSU (13-15, 9-8) has sparked a win streak winning their last two games at home. The Tigers are 10-2 on their home floor including a, 57-52, win over Southeast Missouri State on Thursday. TSU was able to hold on for the victory after holding a 24-point lead in the first half. Wil Peters led TSU with 14 points and eight rebounds. RECAP...
The Tigers match-up against EIU for the 44th meeting while holding the all-time series record, 23-20. They have won eight of the last 12 meetings, but have lost three straight. One of the defeats came early this season with a, 68-67, loss at Lantz Arena in December 2010.
Peters was flawless from the floor scoring a career and game-high 21 points. He was 7-of-7 from the floor, 4-of-4 from three-point range, and 3-of-3 from the line. RECAP...
In addition, the Tigers three-game skid to the Panthers includes a, 83-81, triple overtime loss last year. It was the last time the teams met in the Gentry Center and the first time the TSU basketball played in triple overtime. Four Tigers finished in double figures with Robert Covington netting 17 points and Peters chipping in 11. RECAP...
TSU's last victory over EIU at home was at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season with an, 83-63, win. It was part of a six-game win streak entering the OVC tournament with interim head coach Mark Pittman at the helm. Peters was the only member of the Tigers' current roster to grab the win scoring three points. RECAP...
For EIU (9-19, 4-13 OVC), their last time on the floor eliminated them from OVC tournament contention after suffering a, 65-56, loss to Austin Peay State on Thursday.
EIU's last win snapped an eight-game losing streak winning their ESPN Sears BracketBusters game last Saturday. The Panthers defeated Toledo, 75-58.
The Panthers have relied heavily on their current leading scorer Jeremy Granger (14.7 ppg / 3.3 apg). Granger also leads the OVC in free-throw percentage (.909) and minutes on the floor (35.5).
EIU lost their 2010 All-OVC selection Tyler Laser (11.4 ppg) for the year. The Panthers have suffered since losing Laser after the tenth game of the season. Since losing Laser, EIU has gone 5-13. Before his injury, EIU adds one more win and three losses to that record since defeating the Tigers in Charleston, Ill.
As a unit, EIU is second in the league in field-goal defense holding teams to .423 from the floor per game.
Next, the Tigers will compete for the title in the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at the Municipal Auditorium. The tournament will be held from March 2-5 in Nashville.
TSU clinched a first round spot last week and moved up the OVC standings to fifth with the win over SEMO. With a victory over EIU and an Eastern Kentucky loss, TSU can maintain their fifth seed.