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Tigers take down Tennessee Tech in double OT thriller, 109-102
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Nashville Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers tacked on another win beating Tennessee Tech, 109-102, in double overtime at the Gentry Center on Monday night (2/15).

Both teams were deadlocked at 75 at the end of regulation and knotted up at 89-all at the end of the first overtime.

Robert Covington was held scoreless in the first half but scored five points in the closing minutes of regulation and posted 19 points in extra play. Covington managed a double-double with career-highs, 24 points and 12 rebounds, to go with two blocks.

Jeremiah Crutcher also finished with 24 points and Wil Peters followed with 16 points and eight assists. Tashan Fredrick finished with a career-high 13 points and tallied a double-double with 10 boards. Jacquan Nobles added 12 points with Martell Buie netting a career-high 11 points. 

It was the first time both teams battled in overtime with TSU cracking the century mark since the 2004-05 season when they defeated Morehead State, 100-65.  The last time TSU picked up an overtime win was against Murray State in 2007, 64-60.

TSU (7-20, 4-11 OVC) shot 46 percent from the floor picking up their third consecutive OVC win. The victory gives the Tigers a cushion in the eighth spot in the league race for the post-season tournament. 

In regulation, TTU held a 41-36 lead at the half.  With less than five minutes to play, the score was even nine times with six lead changes. Crutcher connected 1-of-2 free throws to send the game into extra minutes.

In the first overtime, the Tigers trailed by three with 49 seconds left. Covington hit a pair of free throws and then followed on the next offensive play with a lay-up with 13 seconds remaining to send the game to another overtime.

In double overtime with the score 91-91, Crutcher nailed a three-point shot to give the Tigers the lead for good with 3:48 left. TSU connected 17-of-20 free throws in extra play including 11-of-14 in the final minutes to hold on for the win.

TTU (13-14, 7-9 OVC) missed two opportunities to win the ball game taking the last shot as time winded down in regulation and the first overtime. Five players finished in double figures for the Golden Eagles.

Elijah Muhammad scored a game-high, 26 points, while dishing out eight assists. Jud Dillard notched a double-double, 24 points and 10 rebounds. Frank Davis followed with 17 points, Alfred Jones added 13, and Kevin Murphy posted 10.

The Tigers will return to action when they face Jacksonville State in OVC play on Coaches vs. Cancer and Senior Night. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17, inside the Gentry Center with tip-off slated for 7 p.m. The match-up is a rescheduled game from Feb. 2.