Tigers Drop Close One at Austin Peay, 69-63
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Tigers Drop Close One at Austin Peay, 69-63
Clarksville, Tenn. - Tennessee State held a lead in the final few minutes, but a late Austin Peay run pushed the Governors past the Tigers, 69-63, at the Dunn Center on Monday evening.

The Tigers led 59-57 with 3:20 left in the game, but a 10-4 Govs surged in the final three minutes sealed the victory. For TSU (10-10, 3-4 Ohio Valley), the loss was the ninth straight on the road against OVC opponents. Austin Peay improved to 6-13 and 3-3 in conference play.

From the field, the Tigers were 24-of-57 for 42 percent. TSU out-rebounded the Govs 38-to-29 on the glass. However, TSU committed 21 turnovers, while forcing 20 Austin Peay mistakes.

Junior forward Robert Covington tied a career-high with 30 points and 15 rebounds for his 16th career double-double. The Bellwood, Ill., product was 10-of-17 from the field, including 4-of-7 at 3-point range.

Covington moved into 10th all-time at TSU in made triples, making his career total 119. He passed former teammate Jacquan Nobles' mark of 117 set in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 campaigns.

Patrick Miller had another strong performance, scoring 17 points and shooting 7-of-12 from the field. Miller dished out two assists and picked up a steal in 39 minutes played.

Kellen Thornton had a solid game, scoring eight points and corralling seven rebounds. Thornton picked up a season-best three steals in 24 minutes. Nashville native Wil Peters had six rebounds and a game-best six assists in 37 minutes.

TSU took a one point lead, 29-28, at the half over the Govs. Covington and Miller combined for 23 points as the Tigers shot 42 percent (11-of-26).

Covington hit a couple of treys to give the Tigers the early 8-4 advantage with 15:49 left in the game. The Govs started on a five point run to even the gap at 13-9 at the 11:56 mark.

Edmondson hit trey to put the Governors within one, 13-12. The Tigers gained some separation back to a four point lead, but Austin Peay made a basket down to take a brief lead in the final minute. Covington drove through the lane and scored, giving TSU the 29-28 edge at the half.

The two teams swapped baskets back and forth, but the Tigers held a 39-37 lead with 15:32 remaining in the game.

Rudy Lawrence hit a trey to give Austin Peay the brief two point lead. TSU tied up the game, but Josh Terry hit a layup and connected on the plus-one.  

The Tigers trailed by five points 57-52, but Covington hit a trey and Miller followed up with a fade-away to tie the game at 57 with 3:36 left in the game.

Austin Peay took a lead at 2:04 after a goal tending call. TSU then committed a turnover and the lead was extended to 63-59 in the final minute, helping the Governors seal the victory.

On Thursday, the Tigers will continue their three-game road stand with a visit at Eastern Illinois. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lantz Arena.