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MBB prep for stateline rivalry against Alabama A&M
Monday, December 14, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - After being dormant for nearly a week, the Tennessee State University men's basketball team will return to action when they host Alabama A&M. The non-conference match-up is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Gentry Center.

The Tigers (2-8, 0-2) have not picked up a win at home this season and will look to start a winning streak. TSU picked up a dramatic win in their last outing defeating Detroit Mercy, 70-69, at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich.

Josh Sain and Wil Peters posted career highs to help the Tigers shoot a season high, 56 percent, from the floor. Sain managed 7-of-14 shooting for a game-high 25 points and Peters followed with 15 points. Jeremiah Crutcher went 4-of-8 from the floor for nine points including the game winner with 25 seconds remaining.

On the season, TSU is scoring 65 points per game and hitting 40 percent of their shots. Sain leads the Tigers in scoring with 14.9 points per game. Robert Covinton has been an intricate part of the offensive improvements averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The backcourt combination of Crutcher and Peters has come on strong in the last few games. Peters is averaging 8.4 points with Crutcher posting 7.4 points per contest.

The Big Blue holds the series record against Alabama A&M, 13-3. In their last meeting (1214/08) at T.M. Elmore Gymnasium, the Tigers dropped a close fought game to the Bulldogs, 69-67.

The Bulldogs (3-3) snapped a two-game skid in their last game on Dec. 5 defeating Tuskegee, 73-51, while winning three of their last five. Casey Canty scored 28 points and pulled in 11 boards with Evan Hilton adding 11 points against Tuskegee.

As a team, AAMU is shooting 41 percent from the floor and averaging nearly 69 points per game. Canty is averaging a team-high 19.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Hilton, named to the SWAC Preseason Second Team, follows with 10.5 points per game.

The Tigers will play two non-conference games before continuing their OVC schedule. Next, TSU will travel to Memorial Gymnasium to face SEC opponent, Vanderbilt, on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.