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MBB troubles continue with loss to Eastern Kentucky
Monday, February 1, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers suffered another OVC loss losing to Eastern Kentucky, 75-58, on Sunday (1/31) at the Gentry Center.

The defeat gives TSU their sixth straight and their longest losing streak of the season.

TSU (4-19, 1-10 OVC) shot 46 percent from the floor including a season-high, 57 percent, from behind the arc.

Jacquan Nobles led all scorers with 20 points from 8-of-15 shooting with 4-of-6 coming from long range. Robert Covington chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds with Tashan Fredrick notching a career-high 11 points and eight boards.

Both teams traded the lead three times before posting a 22-22 score with 5:04 left. TSU shot 48 percent in the half and 80 percent from long range to keep the game close.

Eastern Kentucky would close out the half on a 10-5 run. With the clock at 1:42, TSU held a 27-26 lead but EKU would hit back-to-back three-point baskets by Justin Stommes and Joshua Jones to walk into the locker room at the break with a 32-27 lead.

Stommes finished with 19 points connecting 6-of-9 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range. Jones followed with 16 points (6-of-11) and Papa Oppong scored 12 points hitting 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

In the second, EKU opened up a 19-9 run for a comfortable 51-36 lead. With 7:12 remaining, the Tigers showed life outscoring the Colonels 14-5 behind consecutive three-point baskets by Fredrick, Nobles and Martell Buie. The run carved the lead down to single digits with EKU still holding the advantage, 56-49.

The Tigers would score only five points in the next five minutes of play giving up 13 points down the stretch. Stommes scored 11 points in the half to help defend the Tigers comeback.

The Tigers will return to action when the finish off their three-game home stand when the host Jacksonville State. The league game is set for Tuesday, Feb. 2, with a 7 p.m. tip-off for Coaches vs. Cancer and Academic Achievement Night.