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Tigers put win streak up against OVC's top team, Morehead State
Saturday, December 18, 2010


Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers will continue league play when they host the number one team in the Ohio Valley Conference, Morehead State. Tip-off is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. inside the Gentry Center.

TSU (4-6, 1-1 OVC) trails MOR in the all-time series, 29-26, which includes three straight losses to the Eagles. In the last meeting on Jan. 28, 2010, the Tigers dropped a 65-50 decision at the Gentry Center. Jacquan Nobles helped lead the Tigers' scoring effort with 10 points. RECAP...

The previous year marks the last time the Tigers picked up a win against the Eagles. TSU held off a late MOR run to secure a 71-64 win at home. The victory put them in a three-way tie for first in the Ohio Valley Conference. It was the last time the Tigers sat atop the OVC rankings. RECAP...

This season, TSU split a two-game road swing to open OVC play, dropping a 68-67 loss to Eastern Illinois before winning, 77-67, against Southeast Missouri State.

Currently, the Tigers are riding a three-game win streak coming off an 84-48 win at home against LeMoyne-Owen. Five players finished in double figures with Patrick Miller recording game-highs, 14 points and five assists. RECAP...

Along with Miller, the Tigers come in with a balanced attack around Kenny Moore, Robert Covington, and Wil Peters.

Top scorer and rebounder, Moore, spearheads TSU's assault with 14.7 ppg and 8.0 rpg. Covington adds 14.1 points and seven rebounds per game.

Peters is averaging double figures for the first time in his career with 11.9 ppg to compliment a team leading 3.4 assists per game. Miller, a two-time OVC Freshman of the Week, adds 11.8 ppg while spending the most time on the floor with 33.9 minutes per game.

The Eagles (6-4, 2-0 OVC) enter after suffering a 69-53 loss to Northern Iowa on Dec. 11. The loss snapped a four-game win streak that included OVC victories over UT Martin, 70-49, and an upset over conference preseason favorite and defending tournament champs, Murray State, 75-65. The Eagles were predicted to finish second in the OVC Preseason Poll at the beginning of the year.

In their last outing, last season's OVC Player of the Year, Kenneth Faried, posted 23 points and nine rebounds. He leads the Eagles in scoring (19.0 ppg) while leading the nation in rebounds (13.7 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.664).  Faried was selected OVC Preseason Player of the Year and was named Defensive Player of the Year during the post season twice.

Adding numbers to the offense is preseason team selection, Demonte Harper, a former teammate of TSU's Wil Peters at Whites Creek HS, is averaging 15.1 ppg.