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Tigers begin OVC road swing at Morehead State
Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University Tigers will carry their four-game win streak on the road to the Ellis T. Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky. to face Morehead State in conference play. The game is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27 with a 6:45 tip-off time.

TSU (10-9, 7-2 OVC) has won four straight OVC games and nine of their last 12. The Tigers’ current record in the conference is the best start in the OVC since the mid 90’s.

The Tigers are tied for first in the OVC standings with Austin Peay State but posts a 3-8 record on the road and 2-2 when visiting OVC teams. They are coming off a 71-65 win over Tennessee Tech last Saturday led by Patrick Miller’s career and game high 22 points. RECAP...

For his effort against TTU, Miller (11.8 ppg) was named adidasÒ OVC Freshman of the Week and is the conference’s top freshman scorer. It marks his third OVC weekly honor, the most among freshman on the season. STORY...

TSU will recycle the conference schedule after picking up a win against Morehead early this season at the Gentry Center. The Tigers extended their winning streak in December after defeating the Eagles, 70-64 in overtime, for their first victory over MOR since 2009. TSU narrowed the all-time series with the win but still trail 29-27. Kenny Moore scored six points in extra play to finish with a team-high 19 points. He posted a double-double with 11 rebounds. RECAP...

On the season, Moore leads TSU in scoring (14.8 ppg), rebounds (7.7 rpg), and 3-point shooting (.482). He is second in the league in rebounding and has recorded five double-doubles on the year. He has been named OVC Newcomer of the Week three times.

Moore and Miller make up one-half of TSU’s top scorers with Robert Covington (13.6 ppg / 7.5 rpg) and Wil Peters (11.2 ppg / 4.5 assists/game). Both Covington and Peters were named OVC Player of the Week this year.

TSU has become a threat from long range leading the OVC in three-point (.373) and free-throw shooting (.761). Moore (.482), Peters (.441) and Covington are the top three-point shooters in the OVC.

Morehead State (13-8, 5-4 OVC) enters after snapping a two-game skid when they defeated Ball State, 50-48, on Monday. The Eagles are 10-1 at home only losing to rivals Eastern Kentucky in conference play. MOR had their 24-home game win streak snapped, losing to EKU last Saturday by the score of 59-49.

Kenneth Faried (16.9 ppg), Demonte Harper (16.0 ppg / 41. apg), and Terrance Hill (10.1 ppg) lead MOR in scoring. Faried (Preseason OVC Player of the Year) leads the nation in rebounds with 13.8 per game. The reigning OVC Player and two-time Defensive Player of the Year also leads the OVC in steals (2.3 spg) and blocks (2.0 bpg)

Morehead State leads the OVC in scoring de- fense (60.8 ppg), rebounding defense (27.4 rpg), rebounding margin (+8.5), and offensive rebounding (13.6 rpg).

The Tigers will continue their two-game conference road swing when they stop in Richmond, Ky. to face Eastern Kentucky. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at McBrayer Arena.