Nuttin' But Wings Night: TSU Basketball Host Jacksonville State
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State men and women's basketball team will host Jacksonville State in an Ohio Valley Conference double-header on Nuttin' But Wings Night, Thursday, Jan. 22 inside the Gentry Center. The women will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. with the men's game to follow.

Fans can watch the live broadcast on OVCSports.tv or listen in by logging on to tsuradio.com (WTST).

The Lady Tigers are coming off a 56-52 win over Austin Peay on Saturday in the Gentry Center. That victory moved the Lady Tigers to 5-2 in the OVC and 6-0 at home. With a victory, TSU is looking to remain undefeated at home and claim its third consecutive win.

Tennessee State and Jacksonville State will be meeting for only the 14th time with the Gamecocks holding an 8-5 lead. Last season TSU and JSU split the series with each team winning at home. JSU picked up a 77-70 win at Pete Matthews Coliseum before TSU claimed a 91-77 victory behind a 50-point performance from Kendra Appling in the Gentry Center. Appling’s game high was the highest individual single game scoring effort in 2007-08, overshadowing a 30-point showing from JSU’s Jolie Efezokhae.

Last Saturday, the Gamecocks picked up their first OVC win with a 55-49 victory over UT Martin. JSU’s win over UTM snapped a six-game losing streak and a nine-game OVC losing skid. JSU (4-13, 1-6 OVC) is led in scoring and rebounding by Jolie Efezokhae with 14.4 ppg and 7.6 rpg.

TSU (9-9, 5-2 OVC) has three players averaging double-digits in scoring led by Kendra Appling (17.8 ppg). Tiffany Jackson (15.9 ppg) and Jasmine Smith (10.4 ppg) are also posting double-digits. Smith pulls down a team best 7.9 boards per game.

With the men's game following, the Tigers (5-12, 3-5 OVC) are looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Last time out, TSU dropped a heartbreaker to the OVC's number one ranked team, Austin Peay State, 91-87, last Saturday in the Centry Center. The series between the Tigers and Gamecocks is even at five apiece. Last season, the teams split the meetings, 1-1, with TSU winning the last match-up, 88-77.  

The Tigers are led in scoring by Gerald Robinson, Jr. (17.7 ppg), Jerrell Houston (13.7 ppg) and Darius Cox (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg). TSU will look to another big peformance from reserve, Parker Smith (10.4 ppg), who scored 31 points in the loss. As a result from his career-high performance, Smith was named OVC Freshman of the Week. The Tigers are shooting 44 percent from the field, shooting over 50 percent in two of their last four games.

Jacksonville State (8-8, 2-5 OVC) is on a four game skid, losing their last game to UT Martin at home, 92-73. The Gamecocks come in with four players averaging double-digits. Jeremy Bynum (11.6 ppg), Jonathon Toles (11.4 ppg), Nick Murphy (11.0 ppg) and Brandon Crawford lead a team who averages 73 points a game.  

Next up, both teams will host Tennessee Tech in conference play, Saturday, Jan. 24. The women's game is slated for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off followed by the men.