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Tigers back home against LeMoyne-Owen
Saturday, December 11, 2010


Nashville, Tenn. - After picking up two wins on the road, the Tennessee State University Tigers will return home to face LeMoyne-Owen.

The non-conference game is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Gentry Center.

Both teams will meet for the first time since 1979, when the Tigers defeated the Magicians, 92-88. TSU leads the all-time series 5-3, winning three straight over LOC under Ed Martin. That year, the Tigers finished 20-6, currently the last time TSU finished with 20 wins at the end of the season. LOC picked up their last win over TSU the season before, defeating the Tigers, 80-78.

The Tigers (3-6) are coming off back-to-back wins on the road in four days. In their last time on the court, TSU grabbed a 74-68 win at Alabama A&M. Robert Covington scored a game-high 20 points (8-of-14) and Kenny Moore pulled in a game high, seven rebounds, to go with 17 points. RECAP...

Four Tigers are averaging in double figures with Moore posting the highs at 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Covington follows with 14.2 ppg and 7.2 rpg.

Wil Peters, TSU's top shooter, averages 12.1 ppg and is hitting .522 from the field, .955 from the line, and .621 from three-point range. Two-time OVC Freshman of the Week, Patrick Miller, is averaging 11.6 ppg and leads the team with minutes on the court at 34.3.

The Magicians (1-4) enter after suffering a loss at Fort Valley State, 67-62.  LOC opened the season with two losses before going on the road for three games in SIAC play. They picked up their first win of the season at Albany State, 71-59, after a loss to Claflin, 61-54.

A.J. Nance (15.8 ppg) and Calvin Stoudemire (11.5 ppg) lead the Magicians in scoring.  Nance has led the team in scoring in three games while top rebounder, Stoudemire (7.3 rpg), posted a double-double, 24 points, 13 rebounds, against Albany State.

Next, the Tigers will host Morehead State in OVC play at the Gentry Center on Dec. 19. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.