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Tigers back in action versus Southeast Missouri State
Saturday, December 4, 2010


Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers will try to snap a five game skid when they face Southeast Missouri State in OVC play on Saturday, Dec. 4. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center. The game will be broadcasted live, via web stream, on

The Tigers (1-6, 0-1 OVC) will look to respond from a tough, 68-67, loss to Eastern Illinois on Thursday night in their conference opener. Wil Peters notched a career and game-high, 21 points, shooting a perfect game from the floor. He hit 7-of-7 from the field, 4-of-4 from three-point range and 3-of-3 from the line. RECAP

The Tigers lead the all-time series against the Southeast Missouri State, 20-17. TSU has won five of the last seven, but posts a 7-12 record at the Show Me Center. SEMO won five of the last seven at home versus the Tigers.

Last year, the teams split the season meetings with TSU picking up a 74-67 win at the Show Me Center. It was the last time the teams matched up with Robert Covington scoring a career high, 27 points, to help TSU clinch a spot in the 2010 OVC Championship Tournament, eliminating the Redhawks from contention. Peters added 11 points connecting 3-of-4 from three-point range. RECAP

Early that season, SEMO ended a 26-game OVC losing streak with a, 74-66, win at the Gentry Center. For TSU, Covington scored 18 points while hauling in a team high, eight boards. Peters followed with 12 points, five rebounds, and a game-high, five assists. RECAP

On the year, Covington leads TSU in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding, with 8.0 per game, to rank second in the OVC in rebounds per contest.

Peters has emerged as the Tigers' top shooter hitting .551 from the floor, .609 from three-point range, and 90 percent from the free-throw line. After his performance against EIU, Peters is now averaging 11.0 ppg, the first time in his career he has averaged double figures in points per game.

Kenny Moore and Patrick Miller also fuel the Tigers' offense. Moore averages 13.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game and rank second on the team in both categories. Miller averages 11 ppg and has scored in double figures in all but one game on the season.

SEMO (0-7, 0-1 OVC) is coming off their first league game of the season with a 78-60 loss to Austin Peay State at home on Thursday. The Redhawks are nursing a 15-game losing streak that dates back to last season.

After being picked ninth in the OVC Preseason Poll, the Redhawks are led by Leon Powell. Powell is averaging 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game to lead SEMO in both statistics. In the conference, Powell ranks third in rebounds, field goal percentage (.612), and second in offensive boards (3.3 pg) after scoring 14 points against Austin Peay.

Nick Niemcyzk (13.4 ppg) and Anthony Allison (10.7 ppg) follow as the second and third leading scorers. Allison had a game high, 20 points, against APSU.

The Tigers will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 7, when they travel to Alabama A&M for a non-conference match-up. The tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Elmore Gymnasium in Huntsville, Ala.