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Tigers secure OVC tourney berth with win over Southeast Missouri State
Friday, February 26, 2010

Cape Girardeau, Mo. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team locked up at least the eighth seed of the OVC tourney after defeating Southeast Missouri State, 74-67, at the Show Me Center on Thursday night (2/25).

Freshman Robert Covington posted career highs in points and rebounds registering his second double double of the season with 27 points and a game-high 16 boards. He shot a perfect 13-of-13 from the free-throw line and hit 6-of-12 from the floor including 2-of-2 from the outside.

Martell Buie scored 12 points hitting 4-of-9 overall and Wil Peters added 11 points connecting 3-of-4 from three-point range. Jeremiah Crutcher scored nine points and dished out a game-high six assists.

The Tigers (9-21, 6-11 OVC) shot 35 percent overall, 44 percent from long range, after shooting 46 percent in the first half. They jumped out to the largest lead of the night, 29-11 (6:44) and held the advantage at the break, 43-29.

In the second half, SEMO outscored TSU, 33-17, which included a 23-9 run, freshman Marland Smith's three pointer gave the Redhawks a 62-60 lead with 5:14 remaining.

The Tigers responded with Crutcher and Peters nailing back-to-back three point baskets to spark a 14-5 run to close out the game. The Tigers hit 8-of-8 from the line down the stretch to survive the scare and secure the win.

SEMO (7-22, 3-14 OVC) was led in scoring by Smith's game high 30 points. Cameron Butler scored 10 and JaJuan Maxwell puled in a team-high seven rebounds.

The Tigers will face Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Ill. at the Lantz Arena for the final game of the regular season. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.