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MBB Travels to Motown to tangle with Detroit Mercy
Monday, December 7, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - With hopes of ending a four-game skid, the Tennessee State University men's basketball team will head to Detroit, Mich. to face the University of Detroit Mercy. The game is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 8, inside Calihan Hall with tip-off slated for 7:05 p.m.

The match-up is a return game from last season's ESPN Bracket Busters. Last year, in their first meeting ever, the Tigers defeated the Titans inside the Gentry Center, 78-75.

TSU (1-8, 0-2) is nursing a four-game losing streak after dropping their last two home games to conference opponents. In their last outing, the Tigers suffered a 74-66 loss to Southeast Missouri State on Saturday (12/5) night.

Jeremiah Crutcher is coming off career scoring performances, notching 21 points in each of the last two games. Crutcher's scoring average improved to 7.2 points per game while shooting 92 percent (11-12) from the free throw line. Last season against Detroit, Crutcher dished out a game-high eight assists in the win.

Josh Sain, despite sitting out the last two games, leads the Tigers with 13.1 points per game. Freshman Robert Covington is averaging 11.2 points per game after scoring 18 points in the Tigers loss to SEMO.

As a team, TSU is averaging nearly 65 points per game and submits a -10.9 scoring margin, allowing 75 points per game. The team is shooting 39 percent from the floor and defensively posting 9.8 steals per contest.

The Tigers only win of the season, thus far, has come via a 73-67 victory over Kennesaw State (11/27) in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

For Detroit (6-2, 2-0), the Titans have won six of their last seven games after opening the season with a 95-61 loss to California. The Titans picked up Horizon League wins over Youngstown State (12/3), 82-71, and Cleveland State (12/5), 69-62. Xavier Keeling scored a game high against Cleveland State, 24 points, with Simon Chase pulling in a game high, 11 rebounds.

Four Titans enter the game scoring in double figures on the year. Xavier Keeling (14.8 ppg), Eli Holman (14.5 ppg), Thomas Kennedy (12.1 ppg) and Chase Simon (11.8 ppg) help lead a team that is shooting 46 percent from the floor. The Titans are averaging 73 points per game and holding teams to 69 points while forcing 17 turnovers per game.

The Tigers will return to Nashville next to host Alabama A&M at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7:00 p.m.