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MBB return to the Gentry Center for league match-up against Morehead State
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers will return home to the Gentry Center when they host the No. 2 team in the conference, Morehead State, on Jan. 28. The OVC match-up is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

TSU (4-17, 1-8) will look to use home-court advantage after dropping four games on the road. The Tigers last home game resulted in a 73-59 win over UT Martin on Jan. 9, 2010.

Fans can tune in to the live broadcast on the Big Blue Sports Network.

The Tigers trail Morehead State in the series, 28-23, having dropped their last game to the Eagles, 72-66, at the Johnson Arena in early January (1/4). Jacquan Nobles led the Tigers with 20 points and Josh Sain scored 17.

The Eagles beat TSU on the boards, 40-23, and were led in scoring by (13), Maze Stallworth (12) and Terrence Hill (12). Kenneth Faried pulled in a game-high 12 rebounds to go with nine points.

The last time the Tigers defeated the Eagles was during the past year, 71-64, in the Gentry Center. Since then, MOR has won back-to-back games.

Coming off their third OVC loss in their last four games played, the Tigers fell short to Tennessee Tech, 61-56 (1/23), at the Eblen Center. Nobles and Wil Peters led offensively as the Tigers shot a season-low, 32 percent.

Nobles scored a team-high 16 points and Peters followed with 12. Robert Covington's career best, 11 rebounds, led all players to go with his nine points scored. 

Sain's 14.7 points per game continues to lead the Tigers with Nobles (10.2 ppg) and Covington (10.1) following respectively.

Sain has tallied 15-of-19 games played in which he posted double figures in scoring while managing 4.2 rebounds per game.

Nobles remains among the elite in the conference in three-point shooting with an average of 47.3 percent from long range. He ranks second in the league in the category connecting a team best from the floor (.448) and free-throw line (.821). He has also posted double figures in nine games including three of the last four.

Covington leads TSU with 5.8 rebounds per game and ranks seventh in the OVC. He tops all freshmen in the category in the conference. He has scored in double digits in four of the last five games including nine this season

The Tigers hold their second four-game skid and face their longest losing streak of the season at five. They are shooting 40 percent from the field while averaging 66.6 points per game.

MOR (14-6, 8-1) carries a 10-game-win streak, the third best in the nation, after defeating rivals Eastern Kentucky on the road, 69-53. The Eagles snapped the Colonels 19-game home win streak winning their seventh consecutive conference game.

Kenneth Faried, managed a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Maze Stallworth finished with 15 points and eight rebounds and Demonte Harper scored 13 points. Faried received his fourth OVC Player of the Week award this season for his efforts last week.

The returning OVC tournament MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, Faried is ranked first in the nation with 13.4 rebounds per game and is No.2 in the conference in scoring with 16.6 ppg. He also ranks second in the OVC in blocked shots with 1.9 per game and has registered 14 double-doubles in 20 games this year.

The Eagles are also powered in scoring by Harper (12.0 ppg) and Stallworth (11.2 ppg).  Brandon Shingles (5.0 ppg) leads the conference with 5.7 assists per game.

The Eagles are ranked in the top three in the OVC in 12-of-21 categories heading all but one rebounding statistic. They are shooting 44 percent and average 70 points per contest.

The Tigers host their first of a three-game home stand. Next, TSU will welcome Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.