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Tigers back on the road at Tennessee Tech
Saturday, January 23, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will head to Cookeville, Tenn. to face Tennessee Tech in OVC play.

The match-up will take place on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Eblen Center with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game will broadcast live on the Big Blue Sports Network and will be televised in the Cookeville area on WCTE. 

Fans can watch in the Nashville area on Direct TV and Dish Network on channel 22.

The Tigers (4-16, 1-7 OVC) face their fourth consecutive road game with eight of their last ten away from the Gentry Center. They are 1-11 overall on the road and 0-4 in OVC play this season. TSU picked up their last road win on Dec. 12, 2009 at Detroit Mercy, 70-69.

Currently, the Tigers are shooting 41 percent from the field and 37 percent from long range. They are averaging 67 points per game and are led in scoring by newcomers Josh Sain (15.1 ppg), Robert Covington (10.2 ppg) and Jacquan Nobles (10.0 ppg).

Sain has scored in double figures in 11 straight games and averages 4.4 rebounds per contest. He remains among the league's top ten scorers at No. 8.

Covington leads the team in rebounds with 5.6 per game, scoring 10 or more points in four of the last five games.

Nobles is currently the Tigers' best shooter from behind the arc connecting 41-of-86 from long range. He currently ranks third in the OVC in three-point percentage with a 47.7 average.

Darius Cox (7.4 ppg) has emerged to post double figures in the last three outings. He is second on the team in rebounds with 4.9 boards per game and is coming off of his best game of the season.

TSU enters after an 85-67-conference loss to Jacksonville State on ESPNU last Thursday night (1/21).

Three players finished in double figures for the Big Blue. Cox scored a season and team-high, 17 points (8-of-13), to go with nine rebounds. Covington posted 11 points and seven boards and Sain followed with 10 points.

For the series, TSU trails TTU, 23-25. The teams have split the season series in each of the last two seasons, with the road team winning all four games. Dating back to the 2005-06 season, both teams are knotted up, 4-4.

However, the Tigers last OVC-road victory was over the Golden Eagles in their last meeting (2/19/09). The Tigers held off Tech, 77-74, at the Eblen Center.

Cox captured a double-double with 15 points and a game-high, 11 rebounds. TTU was led in scoring by Kevin Murphy (19 points) and Frank Davis (17 points).

The Golden Eagles (9-10, 3-5 OVC) are second in the OVC in scoring with 77 points per game. Collectively, they are the league's best three-point shooting team at .413. They rank third in field-goal percentage (.483) and offensive rebounds (12.8 per game).

Davis leads the team in scoring with 15.6 ppg and ranks fifth in scoring in the OVC. Murphy follows at ninth in the conference with 14.8 ppg. Davis earlier this season broke the school record for all-time 3-pointers made. He is also second in the conference with a .496 three-point field goal percentage and connects an OVC best, 2.9 three-pointers per game.

TTU has played seven straight conference games. They have won two of their last five, including a 94-90 win over Austin Peay (1/21), and posts a 1-2 conference record at home this season. Against Austin Peay, Davis shot 9-of-13 for 25 points to lead five Golden Eagles who scored in double figures. Jud Dillard posted a career-high, 23 points, from 11-of-12 shooting with Murphy adding 11 points. Alfred Jones and Elijah Muhammad each posted 12 points.

Jones became the only active Tech player to record a double-double, as he chipped in 12 rebounds in the win over APSU. He is leading the OVC in field goal percentage, hitting 68.0 percent of his shots and is the team's best rebounder with 5.5 rpg.

Muhammad (11.7 ppg) is first in the OVC in free-throw percentage (.852) and second in the conference in assists (4.6 per game).

The Tigers will finally return home when they face Morehead State on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.