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Tigers continue OVC play at UT Martin
Saturday, January 8, 2011


Nashville, Tenn. - Looking to break their three-game losing streak, the Tennessee State University Tigers will travel to Martin, Tenn. to face Tennessee at Martin.

The OVC match-up is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8, at Elam Center with tip-off slated for 6 p.m.

The Tigers (6-9, 3-2 OVC) enter the game after a, 64-53, conference loss to Murray State on Thursday. Kenny Moore led TSU with 14 points with Patrick Miller chipping in 10 points, all in the second half.

Moore was named OVC Newcomer of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. He leads the Tigers in scoring (14.3), rebounds (7.5), field goal (.500), and three-point percentage (.500).

Along with Miller, Robert Covington and Wil Peters compliment an offensive attack that leads the OVC and ranks sixth in the nation in free-throw percentage (.787).

Covington averages 13.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg while Peters and Miller each average 11.2 ppg. Moore (.500), Peters (.469), Covington (.420) are the top three point shooters in the OVC.

The Tigers will meet UT Martin for the 49th match-up with TSU holding the edge on the all-time series, 27-21. TSU swept last year's series after losing six straight to UT Martin. In their last meeting, Jacquan Nobles scored 20 points and Peters added 19, to lead TSU to 74-68 win at the Elam Center.

In the OVC Preseason Poll, UT Martin was picked to finish in last place after finishing the season 4-25.

The Skyhawks (4-11, 0-4 OVC) have dropped the last four games including an 82-75 OVC loss to Southeast Missouri State their last time out. UT Martin has loss nine straight conference games dating back to last season.

Reuben Clayton (12.4 ppg), Benzor Simmons (11.9 ppg), Terence Smith (10.7 ppg), and Mike Liabo (10.7 ppg) make up more than half of the Skyhawks' 68 points per game average.

Clayton, Simmons, and Liabo have come off the bench as of late to lift UTM with Simmons posting a game-high, 21 points, against SEMO. Simmons is also UTM's top rebounder with 6.1 rpg.

Next, the Tigers will return home after a three-game absence to host OVC rival Austin Peay State. The game will be televised on ESPNU on Saturday, Jan. 15, with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m.