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Tigers Drop Heartbreaker to Austin Peay, 91-87
Saturday, January 17, 2009

Smith Gains Career High in Loss

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers fought back within two points (87-89) with :17 seconds remaining, but two Austin Peay State (APSU) free throws sealed the Governors' win, 91-87. Tennessee State (5-12, 3-4 OVC) drops their third straight despite 41 points from their bench and 55 percent shooting from the floor including 52 percent from beyond the arc.

Parker Smith scored a career-high 31 points shooting 9-of-13 from the field including 8-of-12 from three-point range. Gerald Robinson, Jr. added 12 points while Jeremiah Crutcher handed out a game-high seven assists.

Stephen Evans scored 11 and Jerrell Houston (4-of-6) dropped 10 points in the effort. Darius Cox pulled in a team high eight rebounds while scoring nine points. 

The Tigers held their highest lead of the game, 16-9, at the 12:33 mark and led the rest of the first half until APSU (10-7, 6-1 OVC) tied it up (45-45) on a last second three-point basket by Wes Channels. Both teams shot well from the floor in the first with the Govs shooting 61 percent to the Tigers 57.

Five Governors scored in double-digits with Channels leading the way with 24 points. Drake Reed scored 19 points and hauled in seven boards with Anthony Campbell scoring 14. Tyrone Caldwell added 11 and Marcel Williams had 10 points.

Both teams stayed within five points of each other exchanging the lead 10 times in the second half. The Govs produced their largest lead (85-77) with 1:24 remaining. With 17 seconds left, three free throws by Parker Smith closed the gap, 89-87. On the ensuing play, TSU commited the quick foul sending APSU's Campbell to the line. Campbell hit one-of-two and TSU's opportunity to tie the game with :08 seconds left failed when Smith's three-point shot missed. APSU hit another free throw putting the game out of reach. 

The Tigers will host Jacksonville State (1/22) and Tennessee Tech (1/24) in conference play inside the Gentry Center. Tip-off for both games is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.