Greek Night: Basketball Hosts Murray State
Wednesday, February 4, 2009

TSU Basketball in OVC Action

Nashville,Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men and women’s basketball team will get set for pivotal games against Murray State on Wednesday night at the Gentry Center. The women will start the Ohio Valley Conference double-header with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

Live broadcast of the games will be aired on OVCSports.TV and tsuradio.com.

Both teams dropped their the first meeting of the season against the Racers at the Regional Special Events Center in Murray, Ky. earlier this month. The Lady tigers fell short, 82-73, while a turnover with seconds remaining ruined the Tigers, 75-71.    

The Lady Tigers (12-10, 8-3 OVC) return home after a two-game road swing at Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky in which the Lady Tigers finished 1-1.

 

The Lady Tigers have three players averaging double digits in scoring led by Kendra Appling’s 17.5 points per game. Tiffany Jackson averages 15.5 ppg and 6.3 rpg while Jasmine Smith posts 10.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest.

 

Tennessee State will put its unblemished home record on the line when they match-up with OVC race leading Murray State for the 46th time in the series history. The Racers lead the all-time match-up, 28-17.

 

Murray State’s only OVC loss this season came by the hands of Morehead State in overtime last December. The Racers, led in scoring by Ashley Hayes (21.3 ppg), Amber Guffey (20.2 ppg) and Paige Guffey (13.9 ppg), are currently on a seven game winning streak.

 

Immediately following, the Tigers (6-15, 4-7 OVC) will look to snap a three-game skid after suffering heartbreaking losses to Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky on the road. The Tigers are 1-11 away and have fared well in the confines of the Gentry Center mustering a 5-4 record.

 

TSU will look to jump start things behind leading scorer Gerald Robinson, Jr. (17.4 ppg) who is coming off a season-low five points versus Eastern Kentucky. Jerrell Houston comes in averaging 13.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game with Darius Cox posting 9.7 ppg and team leading 7.1 rpg.

 

Murray State owns the series history, 37-15, and have won their last two games including four of their last six. Denero Thomas and Issac Miles lead the Racers in scoring with Thomas averaging 11.3 ppg and Miles posting 10.1 ppg.

 

Next, TSU will host UT Martin for another double-header OVC clash on Saturday, February 7th. The women are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.