Covington Named National Player of the Week
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Covington Named National Player of the Week

Tennessee State forward Robert Covington garnered Mid-Major National Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness for his performances against Murray State and Austin Peay last week.

Covington, a junior from Bellwood, Ill., averaged 16.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in TSU's victories over No. 7/9 Murray State and Tennessee Tech. From the field, Covington shot 52 percent (12-of-23) and hit 63 percent (5-of-8) outside the arch. He also notched three blocks, two assists and three steals.

Against Murray State, Covington scored 17 points and grabbed eight boards as TSU upset the nation's lone unbeaten. It also marked the first time TSU had defeated a nationally ranked opponent in the NCAA Division I era.

Covington followed up with 16 points and two rebounds in the win over Tennessee Tech. The victory over the Golden Eagles extended TSU's win streak to seven games, the longest since the 1994-95 season. Covington is averaging 17.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in 27 games.

On Tuesday, Covington inked his OVC-best eighth double-double of the season with 28 points and 12 rebounds in the 69-64 overtime victory against Jacksonville State. The junior moved into 19th all-time in scoring (1,274 points) at TSU, passing John Barnhill.

Earlier this week, Covington was named adidas OVC Co-Player of the Week with Murray State's Isaiah Canaan. The National Player of the Week award is the first for Covington this season.

Also this week, senior forward Kenny Moore was named to the CollegeSports360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll. The award goes to those who contribute to their team beyond the stat sheet.

The Tigers (18-10, 11-4 OVC) clinched the No. 2 seed in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and will receive a pair of byes. TSU will play its' first game in the OVC Tournament semi-finals on Friday, March 2.

TSU is ranked No. 25 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll and No. 2 in both the HBCU Division I polls (Dr. Cavil and Boxtorow).

Tennessee State resumes action on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Miami (Ohio) as part of the ESPN Sears BracketBusters. Tip-off with the RedHawks is at 7 p.m.

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