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Short-handed Tigers stumble in loss to Murray State
Friday, February 5, 2010

Murray, Ky. - Short handed with nine players on the roster, Tennessee State University dropped their seventh straight with a 76-54 loss to Murray State in OVC play at the Regional Special Events Center, Thursday night.

The Tigers' losing streak is the longest since the 2006-07 season when they lost seven consecutive games.

TSU (4-20, 1-11 OVC) shot 34.4 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from long range, and 60 percent from the free-throw line.

All Tigers that saw action scored, with Robert Covington leading TSU with game-highs, 19 points and eight rebounds. Covington also shot 8-of-16 from the floor and 3-of-6 from behind the arc with Jacquan Nobles following with nine points (3-of-5) on the night.

Murray State (21-3, 12-0 OVC) extends their win-streak to 12 while connecting 44.3 percent in shooting and posting four players in double figures.

B.J. Jenkins scored a team-high 17 points from 7-of-12 shooting. Danero Thomas shot 4-of-8 for 12 points adding six rebounds. Isaiah Canaan scored 11 points and Ivan Aska notched 10 points and a team-high, seven rebounds.

In the first half the Tigers would come within two points of the lead, 24-22, after opening the game trailing 14-4. The Racers closed out the half at the 6:32 mark with an 11-2 run to extend the lead at the break, 35-24.

In the second, MSU opened with a 19-5 run eventually outscoring TSU, 35-22, to give them the largest lead of the night, 70-46. TSU closed out the game posting an 8-6 advantage but could not climb out of the deficit.

The Tiger will return to play when they travel to UT Martin in OVC action. The match-up is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, at Skyhawk Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.