MBB begins home stand against Southeast Missouri State
Thursday, February 24, 2011


Nashville, Tenn. - With the season winding down, the Tennessee State University will close out with a two-game home stand.

The Tigers (12-15, 8-8) will host Southeast Missouri State in OVC action during Academic Night presented by Cricket. The game is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. inside the Gentry Center.

The Tigers lead the all-time series against the Redhawks, 21-17, picking up the last two meetings while winning five of the last six. At home, TSU is 9-2 on the year losing only one conference game on home court. In the current OVC standings, TSU is ranked sixth with SEMO following at seventh. With two conference games left, TSU could move to fifth or drop as far as seventh.

TSU traveled to SEMO earlier this season posting a consecutive victory at the Show Me Center with a, 77-67, win. Kenny Moore led all scorers with 22 points from 7-of-12 shooting. He also hauled in a game best nine rebounds. He was one of four Tigers to finish in double digits. RECAP...

Last year in the Gentry Center, the Tigers dropped a, 74-66, loss to the Redhawks on Dec. 5, 2009 at the Gentry Center. With the win, the Redhawks snapped a 26-game OVC losing streak, at the time, the longest in the nation. TSU was led by Robert Covington's 18 points and eight boards. RECAP...

Last week, the Tigers jumped back into the win column, snapping a three-game slide, defeating Delaware State, 78-63, in the ESPN Sears BracketBusters.  The Tigers shot a season high 59 percent with Moore leading the way with 18 points. RECAP...

TSU's offense is powered by the top scoring tandem of Moore (14.8 ppg) and Covington (13.3 ppg / 7.5 rpg). Patrick Miller (11.5 ppg) and Wil Peters (10.4 ppg / 4.3 apg) lead the Tigers in time on the floor combining for more than sixty minutes per game.

For the Redhawks, Leon Powell (14.7 ppg / 8.0 rpg), Anthony Allison (12.9 ppg), Marland Smith (12.0 pg) and Lucas Nutt (10.0 ppg) lead an offense that is averaging 67.4 points per game.

Powell was named OVC Newcomer of the Week. It's his third consecutive and sixth on the season tying APSU's TyShwan Edmondson. He also received OVC Player and Newcomer of the Week on Jan.10. Nutt leads the team in assists (3.4 apg) and was named OVC Freshman of the Week twice this year.

SEMO (9-19, 6-10) is coming off back-to-back victories including a, 64-57, upset over the OVC's top team, Murray State (2/16). Last week, they picked up an ESPN Sears BracketBusters win over Sacramento State, 67-52. To start the year, SEMO dropped their first 10 games of the season, since then, they have gone 9-9. They are second in the league in block shots 3.6 per game.

The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 26, when they close out the regular season against Eastern Illinois during Courtside Dining. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.