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Tigers Move Forward, Host Southeast Missouri State in League Play
Saturday, December 5, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers will host Southeast Missouri State in Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday, December 5, at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Tigers (1-7, 0-1) will play their second league match-up in a two-game home stand after coming off a triple overtime loss to Eastern Illinois, 83-81, at the Gentry Center.

Jeremiah Crutcher scored a career and team-high 21 points, hitting 5-of-14 overall, and connecting all seven free throws. Crutcher also added four assists and five rebounds while scoring 14 points in extra minutes. Crutcher (5.5 ppg) also carries a team best in assists with 3.1 per game.

Tennessee State has won four of the last five meetings against SEMO, including an 87-82 win in their last match-up at the end of the 2008-09 season inside the Gentry Center. The Tigers hold the series edge, 19-16.

Josh Sain continues to lead the Tigers in scoring with 13.1 points per game after sitting out Thursday night (12/03) against Eastern Illinois. Robert Covington is averaging 10.4 points shooting 43 percent from behind the arc while Darius Cox posts 5.6 rebounds per game to lead the Tigers. From the field, TSU is shooting 39 percent as a team averaging 64.4 points per game.

SEMO (2-6, 0-1) comes in after playing an overtime game for the second time this season when it dropped its conference-opener, 76-71, at Austin Peay on Thursday (12/03). The Redhawks are now 1-1 in overtime games this season.

True freshman Derek Thompson drained back-to-back treys in just 16 seconds to help SEMO go into extra play. Thompson leads the Redhawks with 9.9 points per game and was named OVC Freshman-of-the-Week on Nov. 23. Thompson scored a game-high 19 points to help the Redhawks end a 21-game losing streak with a 70-64 overtime win at Northern Illinois.

Cameron Butler and LaMont Russell are both topping the boards for the Redhawks pulling in 6.1 rebounds per game. Butler ranks second in the OVC in defensive rebounds with 4.6 per game. Collectively, SEMO is putting up close to 60 points per game, shooting 41 percent from the floor, while ranking third in the league when defending the three-point basket.

Southeast Missouri is looking to end a 26-game losing streak in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Redhawks lost their last seven OVC games in 2007-08, before going 0-18 in league play in 2008-09 and starting the OVC season at 0-1 in 2009-10. It is currently the longest conference losing streak in the nation and longest losing streak in league history. The Redhawks' last OVC win was a 121-116 triple overtime victory against Austin Peay on Jan. 29, 2008.

The Tigers will jump back on the road when they head to Detroit, Mich. to face the University of Detroit Mercy in a return game of the ESPN Bracket Busters. The match-up is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, with tip-off slated for 7:05 p.m.