Academic Achievement Night: TSU vs. Tennessee Tech in OVC Match-up
Friday, January 23, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men and women's basketball team will host Tennessee Tech (TTU) in an Ohio Valley Conference double-header on Academic Achievement Night, Saturday, Jan. 24 inside the Gentry Center. The women will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. with the men's game to follow.

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The Lady Tigers (10-9, 6-2 OVC) are undefeated at home and moved into second place in the Ohio Valley Conference after defeating Jacksonville State, 65-50, Thursday night. TSU is on a three game win streak and are led in scoring by Kendra Appling (18.2 ppg), and Tiffany Jackson (15.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Jasmine Smith (9.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg).

Both teams split last season's match-ups with Tech winning the last meeting, 60-51 (2/9/08). TTU holds the series' advantage, 41-7. The Golden Eagles (4-15, 2-6 OVC) have lost two in a row, dropping nine out of their last ten including an 83-81 overtime loss to Austin Peay on Thursday. The Golden Eagles are led Blair Bowens (13.6 ppg), Jasmine White (9.4 ppg) and Meagan Lyons (9.4 ppg).

Following the women's game, the Tigers (6-12, 4-4 OVC) will look to tack on another win against TTU after coming from behind to beat Jacksonville State, 59-57. TSU will look for consistent offensie from their leading scorers, Gerald Robinson, Jr. (17.6 ppg), Jerrell Houston (13.6 ppg) and Darius Cox ( (9.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg).  

Tennesse Tech holds the series, 24-20, winning thier last meeting of the 2007-08 season against Tigers, 78-75. Both teams won on home court as the Tigers picked a win against TTU earlier that year, 73-72.

The Golden Eagles encountered an 87-71 conference loss to Austin Peay Thursday, losing five of their last six games. TTU comes in with four players averaging double-digits, Daniel Northern (11.5  ppg), Will Barnes (11.4 ppg), DJ Lindsay (10.1 ppg) and Frank Davis (10.1 ppg).

Next up, TSU's basketball teams will hit the road for a two-game conference road swing when they face Morehead State (1/29) and Eastern Kentucky (1/31). The Lady Tigers and Tigers defeated both teams earlier this month in the Gentry Center.