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Tigers versus Austin Peay State on ESPNU
Friday, January 15, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will return to OVC play when they travel to Austin Peay State on Saturday, Jan. 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m at the Dave Aaron Arena inside the Dunn Center.

The game will broadcast live on the Big Blue Sports Network and televised on ESPNU.

The Tigers (4-14, 1-5 OVC) are coming off a tough 67-62 loss to Big Ten Conference member, Iowa (1/12), at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game was one-of-two of TSU's final non-conference opponents this season. The Tigers will play their final non-conference game in the ESPN Bracketbusters on Feb.15. The team has not yet been determined.

Josh Sain scored a team-high, 19 points. Jacquan Nobles went 4-of-9 from the floor chipping in 14 points and Darius Cox notched 11 points. Robert Covington pulled in a team-high eight rebounds to go with seven points and three blocks. In the game, TSU shot a season-high from the free-throw line, 90 percent.

Sain continues to lead the Tigers in scoring with 15.1 ppg and currently ranks eighth in the league. He is third on the team with 4.3 rebounds per game.

Three other Tigers are managing close to 10 ppg with TSU shooting 41 percent from the floor overall.

Robert Covington (9.9 ppg), Wil Peters (9.8 ppg) and Jacquan Nobles (9.6 ppg) combine to account for 43 percent of the offense. Covington leads the team in rebounds per game with 5.3 per contest and has posted nine games in which he scored in double digits. Peters holds the team's best mark in steals with 22 and has scored in double figures in seven of the last 10 games.

In their last league game, TSU picked up a 73-59 win at home against UT Martin (1/9), snapping a five-game losing streak and a seven-game skid to the Skyhawks. Peters (16), Sain (15), and Covington (14) led the offense in the team's first conference win of the year.

Against Austin Peay State, the Tigers trail the series, 39-21. In their last meeting, the Tigers defended a late Governor comeback to upset APSU at the Dunn Center, 88-80, on ESPN2. Darius Cox scored 20 points and pulled in 10 rebounds, and Jeremiah Crutcher dished out seven assists, to help the Tigers pull off their first win in Clarksville since 1999.

In the heated rivalry, TSU has won three of the last ten meetings against the Governors. Dating back to the 2006-07 season, two losses have come during the OVC tournament, including an 82-64 loss in the championship game in 2008.

APSU (9-9, 3-3 OVC) posts a 6-2 record at the Dunn Center this year, losing their last outing at home to Murray State, 69-53 (1/9). Wes Channels, an OVC preseason selection, led the team with 14 points and Anthony Campbell added 11 points.

The Governors have lost four of their last five games which includes a 1-3 mark in the conference. APSU dropped two on the road, a 68-65 overtime loss at Morehead State on ESPNU (1/2) before losing to Eastern Kentucky, 76-71 (1/4). The Govs picked up their last OVC win at home against UT Martin, 90-72 (1/7).

Channels (15.6 ppg) and Campbell (15.3 ppg) head the offense for the Governors with both players making all 18 starts this season. Both players currently sit in the sixth and seventh slot of the OVC's top-ten scorers this year. The duo accounts for more than 30 of the Govs' 72 points per game with the team shooting 45 percent from the field.

The Tigers will face-off against Jacksonville State in league play with the head-to-head competition airing on ESPNU, on Thursday, Jan. 21. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. at the Pete Matthews Coliseum in Jacksonville, Ala.