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WHITE OUT at the Gentry Center: Tigers host Austin Peay State
Friday, January 14, 2011


Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers will host OVC rival, Austin Peay State, for the White Out at the Gentry Center.

With all TSU fans encouraged to wear white, The Tigers will take on the Governors live on ESPNU this Saturday, Jan. 15, with tip-off slated for 3 p.m.

The Tigers (7-9, 4-2 OVC) have met APSU on the hardwood more than any other team in the program's history trailing the Govs in the all-time series, 41-24. The teams have split the regular season match-ups the last three years.

TSU picked up the win in their last meeting on Feb. 13, 2010 with a 76-67 decision at home. The Tigers bounced back from a 15-point deficit in the second half to pull out the win behind Robert Covington's 17 points with Jacquan Nobles posting 15 and Wil Peters chipping in 12.

In their last time on the floor, the Tigers survived UT Martin on the road, 67-64. Covington posted his fifth career double-double, third on the season, with 18 points and 15 boards. Kenny Moore added 15 points and Patrick Miller scored 11.

Moore leads the team in scoring (14.4 ppg), rebounds (7.4 rpg), three-point shooting, (.500) and field-goal percentage (.494). Covington (13.5 ppg / 7.1 rpg), Miller (11.2 ppg) and Peters (10.8 ppg) round out the top scorers.

With the TSU averaging four players in double figures, the squad's offense is fueled by team free-throw shooting (.783) that ranks fifth in the nation. Behind the arc, TSU leads the OVC in three-point shots made per game (7.9) and percentage (.378).

Moore (.500), Peters (.462) and Covington (.434) make up the top three long-range shooters in the conference combining for 68 made this season.

Outside shooting will be the key match-up in the game as APSU leads the OVC in three-point defense holding teams to 31 percent. The Governors (12-6, 6-0 OVC) follow TSU when shooting from long range at 37 percent and rank first or second in the league in eight categories. APSU also leads the OVC in scoring margin (+9.7) and bocks (4.3 bpg).

After finishing fourth in the OVC Preseason Poll, the Governors are without their All-OVC preseason selection, Anthony Campbell, who was averaging 13.9 ppg before suffering a season ending injury in December.

Despite the loss of their top returner, APSU is the only team undefeated in conference play and is riding a six-game win streak. The Governors are coming off a 71-61 win at UT Martin on Tuesday and notably ended Murray State's 25-game home win streak, defeating the Racers, 66-64, last Saturday.

Newcomer and team leading scorer, TyShwan Edmondson (18.6 ppg), leads the conference in scoring and has led the team in the category in 11 games. Edmondson, a former teammate of TSU's Moore at Midland CC, was named OVC Newcomer of the Week five times, more than any player this season. He also captured newcomer and player of the week honors on Dec. 6.

Josh Terry (12.1 ppg) also posts double figures for the Govs and is coming off a 27-point performance against UT Martin. John Fraley is team's top rebounder with 7.2 per game.

Next, the Tigers will continue their OVC three-game home stand when they host Jacksonville State. The game is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20, with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.