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Tigers hold on to defeat UT Martin, 74-68
Sunday, February 7, 2010

Martin, Tenn. - Jacquan Nobles scored 20 points and Wil Peters scored 19, including 16 second-half points, as the Tennessee State University Tigers snap a seven-game skid, defeating UT Martin, in OVC play, 74-68, at the Elam Center on Saturday night (2/6).

For the second straight game all nine Tigers on the roster scored. Nobles shot 8-of-12 and Peters scored a career-high connecting 6-of-11 from the floor. Lonnie Funderburke and Robert Covington each pulled in a game-best eight rebounds with Jeremiah Crutcher dishing out a game-high five assists.

TSU (5-20, 2-11 OVC) shot 43.4 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the free-throw line. The Tigers sweep the season meeting against the Skyhawks for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

In the first half, the score was tied six times and four lead changes occurred. With the score knotted up at 27, the Skyhawks took the lead at the break from a 9-0 run (4:20), 36-27.

To open the second half, TSU outscored UTM, 18-9, after trailing by 11, to tie the score 45-45.  With 6:45 remaining and the Skyhawks holding the advantage, 57-56, Peters scored 12 straight points to power a TSU 12-2 run and a 65-58 lead.

The Tigers shot 50 percent from the field in the half, hitting 9-of-10 from the free-throw line down the stretch with less than a minute to hold off the Skyhawks.

UTM (3-19, 0-12 OVC) shot 50 percent from the floor and was led in scoring by Marquis Weddle's game-high 25 points (9-of-21). Terrance Coleman followed with 11 points from 5-of-6 shooting.

TSU will return to action at home inside the Gentry Center when they host Austin Peay State in conference play. The match-up is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.