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Tigers Unable to Break Slump Against UT Martin
Saturday, February 7, 2009

Crutcher hits career-high against the Skyhawks

Nashville,Tenn. – Jeremiah Crutcher scored a career-high 18 points and Jerrell Houston posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. However, it would not be enough to snap the skid as the Tigers drop their fifth straight, falling to UT Martin, 100-73.

Emanuel Gaiter chipped in 14 points (5-of-6) and Darius Cox added 13 points (4-of-5) to lead a Tiger bench to their highest point-production of the season with 35. TSU finished hitting 44 percent from the field to go along with a 31-rebound effort.

TSU (6-17, 4-9 OVC) shot 44 percent from the floor but yielded 54 percent field-goal shooting to the Skyhawks. UT Martin (16-6, 9-3 OVC) scored 50 points in the paint, 22 points from TSU turnovers and 26 second-chance points.

Lester Hudson scored a game-high 34 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead UTM to their eighth straight win. Olajide Hay tallied 21 points and nine boards while Reuben Clayton scored 20 points off the bench for the Skyhawks.

TSU trailed 39-35 at halftime after leading 21-17 at the 8:51 mark. Crutcher scored 13 points at the game's mid-point, hitting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.

With 4:27 remaining in the game, the Skyhawks outscored the Tigers for their largest lead of the night, 89-61. TSU retaliated with a 10-2 run to narrow the UTM lead, 91-71, with 1:43 left. UTM answered shooting 3-of-3 from the field and foul line in the final minute to secure the win.

Next up, the Tigers will head to Jacksonville State to face-off in OVC play. The game is scheduled for Monday, February 9th, with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.