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Tigers Host Tennessee Tech in OVC Match-up - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:45 PM

Tigers Host Tennessee Tech in OVC Match-up Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/23/2009

Nashville, Tenn. - Following the women's game, the Tigers (6-12, 4-4 OVC) will look to tack on another win against TTU after coming from behind to beat Jacksonville State, 59-57. TSU will look for consistent offensie from their leading scorers, Gerald Robinson, Jr. (17.6 ppg), Jerrell Houston (13.6 ppg) and Darius Cox ( (9.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg). Tennesse Tech (9-9, 3-5 OVC) holds the series, 24-20, winning thier last meeting of the 2007-08 season against the Tigers, 78-75. Both teams won on home court as the Tigers picked up the win against TTU earlier that year, 73-72.

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The Golden Eagles encountered an 87-71 conference loss to Austin Peay Thursday night, losing five of their last six games. TTU comes in with four players averaging double-digits, Daniel Northern (11.5 ppg), Will Barnes (11.4 ppg), DJ Lindsay (10.1 ppg) and Frank Davis (10.1 ppg).

Next up, TSU's basketball teams will hit the road for a two-game conference road swing when they face Morehead State (1/29) and Eastern Kentucky (1/31). The Lady Tigers and Tigers defeated both teams earlier this month in the Gentry Center.

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Tigers Host Trevecca Nazarene in Exhibition Play - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:46 PM

Tigers Host Trevecca Nazarene in Exhibition Play Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 11/02/2009

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State men's basketball team will host Trevecca Nazarene in exhibition play at the Gentry Center on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Tigers hold a 7-0 series lead over the Trojans, defeating TNU in last year's exhibition match-up, 101-75.

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Returning are four Tigers who saw action a season ago. Darius Cox, Jeremiah Crutcher, Lonnie Funderburkeand Wil Peters accounted for 25.8 percent of TSU's scoring and 33.6 percent of its rebounding in 2008-09. That group is led by preseason All-OVC selection and returning starter Darius Cox who averaged 10.7 points and 7.0 rebounds/game last season while hitting 52.2 percent from the field.

Crutcher returns as one of two starters after leading the team in assists with 121 last year, averaging four per contests along with four points/game. Peters averaged 2.8 points/game but led the team at the charity stripe with a .808 average. Funderburke gathered more playing time down the stretch, making seven starts in which the Tigers won six straight to move up the team standings to secure a spot in the OVC Tournament. With only four letterwinners from the 2008-09 squad, the newcomers will be expected to step up early. JuniorsHamilton Nash, Erick Peguero, and Josh Sain will bring college experience to the team. Nash finished the 2008-09 season as the NJCAA leading rebounder with 14.2 per game at Redlands Community College. Peguero averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds at Colby Community College. Sain played in 33 games and scored 206 points at Chipola Community College. Before Chipola, Sain averaged 6.7 points per game for Middle Tennessee State and was a high school Mr. Basketball finalist in 2006. Head Coach John Cooper's first freshmen recruiting class is comprised of a host of talent. Freshmen Robert Covington, Marcus Cowan, Tashan Fredrick, Martell Buie and Jacquan Nobles were all area standouts in their high school careers either making all-city, district or state teams. A Preseason High School All American, Covington averaged a double-double with 18.1 points and 11.0 rebounds a game. Cowan and Fredrick will add more depth to the forward position. Cowan averaged a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Fredrick averaged 17.1 points/game. Buie and Nobles will see time at the guard position. Buie averaged 10.1 assists/game with Nobles averaging 20.2 points/game shooting 63 percent from the field. The Tigers will open the 2009-10 regular season against top ranked Siena on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Gentry Center. The game is slated for a 7:00 p.m.start.

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Tigers in comeback fashion with win over Austin Peay - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 1:51 PM

Tigers in comeback fashion with win over Austin Peay Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 02/13/2010

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Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University bounced back from a 15point deficit in the second half, pulling off the upset victory against league rival, Austin Peay State, 76-67, inside the Gentry Center on Saturday night (2/13). With the conference win, TSU (6-20, 3-11 OVC) slides into the eighth spot in the Ohio Valley Conference strengthening their chances to make the league tournament at the end of the regular season. The Tigers split the regular season with the Governors for the third consecutive season. Four Tigers posted double figures in scoring with Jeremiah Crutcher recording a game-high 22 points. Crutcher shot 6-of-14 from the floor scoring 17 points in the second-half. Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics http://tigerpics.lifepics.com

Jeremiah Crutcher recorded a gamehigh 22 points in the Tigers' win over Austin Peay.

Robert Covington followed with 17 points hitting 6-of-12 from the field while pulling in six rebounds. Jacquan Nobles posted 15 points and Wil Peters scored 12 points from 4-of-8 shooting including 3-of-5 from long range. Peters also posted a game-high six assists with Tashan Fredrick hauling in a career and team-high nine rebounds.

In the first half with the scored tied 25-25 at the 4:24 mark, APSU used a 10-4 run to close out the half with the lead, 35-29. APSU opened the second half with a 14-5 run for the largest lead of the night, 49-34. TSU fought back with Peters hitting back-to-back three-point shots leading to a 9-1 run (11:26). The Tigers used a 23-8 advantage and took the lead 60-57 (4:44) courtesy of Nobles' three-pointer in the corner. The Tigers hit 10 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Wesley Channels led the Governors (14-12, 8-6 OVC) with 20 points. Anthony Campbell added 17 points and John Fraley tallied a double-double, scoring 15 points (6-of-9) and pulling down a game-high 18 rebounds. With the loss, the Governors drop their second straight. The Tigers will return to action when they host Tennessee Tech at the Gentry Center on Monday, Feb. 15. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers in OVC action against UT Martin - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:06 PM

Tigers in OVC action against UT Martin Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/08/2010

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball will look to break two losing steaks when they face UT Martin on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Gentry Center. The rescheduled tip-off time is slated for 5 p.m. The Tigers (3-13, 0-5) have dropped six consecutive conference games dating back to the first round of the 2009 OVC tourney and have lost seven straight versus the Skyhawks.

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In their last meeting, UTM defeated TSU, 100-73, at the Gentry Center on Feb. 7, 2009 and are averaging a 17-point win margin for their current winning streak over the Tigers. Jeremiah Crutcher posted his first careerhigh in scoring with 18 points in the loss with Darius Cox chipping in 13 points.

However, TSU still holds the series record with a 25-21 advantage, picking up their last win in 2006, 85-82.

The Tigers are coming off their worse conference loss of the season, losing to Murray State on Thursday (1/7), 80-59. TSU leading scorer, Josh Sain, scored a team-high 13 points and now averages 14.8 ppg. Jacquan Nobles (9.8 ppg) followed with 10 points and Robert Covington (9.8 ppg) posted 10 points. Covington leads the team in rebounds with 5.4 per game and Wil Peters has been effective offensively averaging 9.4 ppg. As a team, the Tigers are shooting a consistent 40 percent from the field and are scoring 66.4 points each contest. With the loss of All-American and last year's OVC Player of the Year, Lester Hudson (58th pick 2009 NBA Draft, Boston Celtics, waived in Dec., recently signed with the Memphis Grizzlies) the Skyhawks have encountered similar league woes this season under first year head coach, Jason James. The Skyhawks (2-11, 0-4) have won one of their last five games and are riding a two-game losing streak with a negative average of 21 points. On the road, UTM faced Austin Peay State (1/7), losing 90-72 after falling to Murray State (1/4), 83-59. In their last outing, leading scorers Benzor Simmons (17.9 ppg, OVC), Marquis Weddle (17.8 ppg) and Reuben Clayton (15.0 ppg) registered the high numbers for the Skyhawks. Weddle finished with a game-high 25 points followed by Simmons, 17, and Clayton, 16.

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Tigers in OVC action against UT Martin - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:06 PM

Weddle and Simmons were named OVC Player of the Week early this season. They both received the honor in back-to-back weeks with Simmons earning the title on Dec. 21, 2009 and Weddle picking it up on Dec.28. Simmons also ranks second in the OVC in points and rebounds with 7.2 per game. The Skyhawks are shooting 38 percent from the floor scoring 67 points per game. They also average 36.4 rebounds per game in the conference and rank third in rebounding offense and steals with 8.5. Next, the Tigers will play their first of two final non-conference games when they face Iowa. The match-up will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. Game Notes

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Tigers Jump Back in Win Column with 80-70 Victory over Jacksonville State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:09 PM

Tigers Jump Back in Win Column with 80-70 Victory over Jacksonville State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 02/09/2009

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Tigers snap skid behind Robinson's 23 points Jacksonville, Ala. – Gerald Robinson, Jr. scored 23 points (7-of-12) including 9-of-11 from the free throw line for a game high leading the Tigers pass Jacksonville State, 80-70, in conference play at the Pete Mathews Coliseum Monday night. The win breaks a five-game losing streak and puts TSU in a three-way tie for seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference with Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. The Tigers (7-17, 5-9 OVC) shot a season-high 59 percent from the floor and connected 16-of-22 free throws for 73 percent. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Gerald Robinson Jr. drives in for two of his 23 points in the Tigers' win.

Jerrell Houston scored 19 points (9-of-12) and tacked on six rebounds and three blocks. Darius Cox and Parker Smith added 10 points a piece. Cox led TSU with a team-high eight rebounds and four blocks.

In the first half, TSU trailed 22-12 at the 10:00 mark. A Houston dunk ignited a 20-12 run and the Tigers narrowed the gap at the break 34-32. The Gamecocks (11-12, 5-9 OVC) shot 38 percent from the field and 47 percent from the charity stripe (15of-32). JSU finished with three players in double digits. Brandon Crawford had a team high 14 points, Jonathan Toles chipped in 12 points and Nick Murphy added 10. TSU took the lead in the second half, 48-46, from a Cox mid-range jumper with 11:53 on the clock sparking a 23-13 run. TSU held the largest lead of the game with 4:06 remaining, 71-59. The Gamecocks crept within nine points with less than a minute left but free-throws from Robinson, Jr. and Wil Peters sealed the win. Up next, TSU will head to Clarksville, Tenn. to match-up with Austin Peay in the Dunn Center, Saturday, Feb. 14th. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

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Tigers Keep Rolling with 87-82 win over Southeast Missouri - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:04 PM

Tigers Keep Rolling with 87-82 win over Southeast Missouri Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 02/27/2009

TSU vs. SEMO Box (HTML) Tenn. St. - 87, SE Missouri - 82

Tigers Win Fifth Straight Nashville, Tenn. – Gerald Robinson, Jr. scored a game-high 25 points (9-of16) with Jerrell Houston and Darius Cox posting double-doubles to help lead the Tigers over Southeast Missouri in OVC play, 87-82, Thursday night at the Gentry Center. Houston tallied his eighth double-double on the year with 19 points (7-of11) and 16 boards. Cox recorded his fourth double-double performance , scoring 16 points (6-of-10) while hauling in 10 rebounds with three blocks. Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics http://tigerpics.lifepics.com

Gerald Robinson, Jr. scores two of his 25 points in the Tigers' win.

Emanuel Gaiter added 11 points and Jeremiah Crutcher dished out a game-high seven assists. The Tigers extend their winning streak to five games, the longest streak of the season, and sweep the regular season series against the Redhawks.

TSU shot 46 percent from the floor and out rebounded SEMO, 44-30. The Tiger reserves scored 35 points to dominate SEMO's bench, 35-4. The Tigers (11-17, 8-9 OVC) trailed early in the first half, 12-1, with 16:35 on the clock before using a 16-5 run to to tie the game, 17-17 (12:13). Four tied scores ensued before the game locked up at 29-29 with 7:14 on the clock. A 14-12 TSU drive gave the Tigers the lead at the break, 43-41. The Redhawks (3-26, 0-17 OVC) shot 49 percent from the field for the game and 37 percent from beyond the arc. Five players scored in double figures for SEMO. Kenard Moore led with 22 points and Jajuan Maxwell added 17. Jaycen Herring tallied16 points, Johnny Hill chipped in 15 and LaMont Russell scored 10 points. TSU in the second half held their largest lead at the 10:56 mark, 65-57. A tight fought ball game followed with four tied scores. The Tigers ignited an 11-5 run on the last tied score with 3:23 left to play holding SEMO to three points in the final minute to hold of the upset. Next, the Tigers will close out the regular season when they host Eastern Illinois on Saturday, February 28th for Courtside Dining and Senior Night. The winner will lock up the sixth seed in the 2009 Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Tournament next week.

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Tigers keep rolling with a 76-57 win over Jacksonville State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 1:49 PM

Tigers keep rolling with a 76-57 win over Jacksonville State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 02/17/2010

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Nashville, Tenn. - In their last home game of the season on Senior Night, the Tennessee State University men's basketball team remained hot in conference play. The Tigers picked up their fourth straight victory with a 76-57 win over Jacksonville State at the Gentry Center on Wednesday night (2/17). The Tigers (8-20, 5-11) post their largest scoring margin and longest winning streak of the season. TSU adds a buffer in the eighth spot going up two and a half games with Southeast Missouri State trailing in ninth with three conference wins.

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Jacquan Nobles shoots the jumper while tying a game-high, 18 points, helping the Tigers keep the win streak alive at four games.

TSU shot a season-high 57.4 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range. The Tigers also received an extra lift from their reserves with 28 points and scored 18 points on nine JSU turnovers. Jacquan Nobles led the team with 18 points hitting 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from behind the arc. Martell Buie notched a career-high in back-to-back games. He scored 15 points (5-of-8) including 2-of-4 from long range. Wil Peters followed with 14 points shooting 50 percent from the floor (6-of-12).

In their last game at the Gentry Center, seniors Lonnie Funderburke and Jeremiah Crutcher finished with team and game highs. Funderburke scored four points but hauled in a team-high six boards. Crutcher scored seven points and dished out a game-high seven assists. TSU jumped out to a 13-5 lead and never looked back shooting 61.9 percent from the field in the first half. The Tigers walked into the locker room with a 37-27 advantage at the break. In the second half, the Tigers held the lead by double digits for the rest of the game. The Gamecocks came within ten points of the lead three times with their last opportunity to cut the advantage to single digits at the 8:51 mark (57-47). The Tigers extended the lead with a 12-2 run on their way to the largest lead of the night, 76-54, with under a minute of play. JSU (11-16, 7-10 OVC) drops their third straight while committing 18 turnovers for the game. John Barnes led the Gamecocks with 18 points from 6-of-13 from the field including 3-of-6 from three-point range. Stephen Hall added nine points and Nick Murphy managed eight points with a game-high 10 rebounds. Next, the Tigers will take on Central Michigan in the eighth annual ESPN BracketBusters on Saturday, Feb. 20. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. at the Rose Center.

Lonnie Funderburke (l), Coach John Cooper (m), Jeremiah Crutcher (r) during the Senior Night recognition. Final Box: Tenn. St. (76), Jax. St. (57)

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Tigers Last Road Game of the Season Against Tennessee Tech on ESPNU - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:06 PM

Tigers Last Road Game of the Season Against Tennessee Tech on ESPNU Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 02/17/2009

Tigers versus Golden Eagles in OVC action live on ESPNU Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men's basketball will try to tally another OVC win in their final road game of the regular season when they head to Cookeville, Tenn. to match-up against Tennessee Tech live on ESPNU. The game is scheduled for Thursday, February 19th, with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff inside the Eblen Center. The game is the Tigers' fourth televised Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics game of the season and the second on ESPNU. Fans can still listen to the live broadcast on the Big Blue Sports Network (WVOL 1470 AM Nashville, WMRB 910 AM - Columbia, WOJG 94.7 FM - Jackson). The Tigers lost the season's first meeting against the Golden Eagles, 86-78, on January 24th inside the Gentry Center. Tennessee Tech holds the series record, 25-20, winning the last two match-ups against the Tigers. The Tigers (8-17, 6-9 OVC) are on a two-game win streak defeating Austin Peay last Saturday, 88-80. The Tigers are 3-11 on the road winning their last two road trips and are led in scoring by Gerald Robinson, Jr. (17.3 ppg) and Jerrell Houston (13.3 ppg). Darius Cox (9.8 ppg) lead the Tigers in rebounding with 6.9 boards per game. Tennessee Tech (11-15, 5-11 OVC) has lost five straight, winning two of their last eight. Last time out, the Golden Eagles lost to UT Martin, 71-62. TTU is 8-6 at home and are led in scoring by Daniel Northern (12.0 ppg), Will Barnes (10.3 ppg) and Frank Davis (10.2 ppg). Next up, TSU will host the University of Detroit for the ESPN Bracketbusters on Saturday, February 21st, tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Tigers Late Charge Held Off By EIU - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:04 PM

Tigers Late Charge Held Off By EIU Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 12/04/2008

Evans' Second-Half Surge Not Enough to Lift Tigers TSU vs. EIU Box Score

Charleston, Ill. - The Tennessee State University Tigers closed a 13-point Eastern Illinois (2-4, 1-0) in the last half, but were victims of missed opportunities down the stretch. Despite a second-half surge, the Tigers drop their first conference game of the season, 71-61, at Lantz Arena. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Gerald Robinson Jr. (22) and Stephen Evans (40) lead a Tiger fast break. Robinson finished with a team leading 14 points while Evans added 13 including 11 second-half points.

The Tigers (2-4, 0-1) shot 35 percent from the field and pulled in 43 team rebounds in the loss.

Three Tigers scored in double digits. Gerald Robinson, Jr. led the team in scoring with 14 points (5-of-15) with seven assists. Darius Cox and Stephen Evans each added 13 points. Jerrell Houston pulled in a game high 11 rebounds and scored seven points.

TSU only held a four-point lead in the first five minutes of the game before EIU went on a 10-4 run at the 13:24 mark. The Tigers shot 10-of-31 from the field in the first half for 32 percent including 16 points in the paint. EIU countered with 43 percent from the floor including 11 turnover points and 13 points from their bench. The Panthers pushed their lead to 10 points with 2:56 remaining behind three baskets by Ousmane Cisse. Cisse scored a game high 22 points with 10 rebounds and EIU led at the break, 37-26. Trailing 49-40 at the 10:59 mark in the second half, the Tigers rallied behind Evans' 11 consecutive points. A Robinson lay-up with 5:22 remaining brought the Tiger within three, 56-53. EIU added to their lead as a result of free-throws and a Cisse lay-up to go up by seven, 62-55, with 2:53 on the clock. Cox's baseline jumper on the next possession brought the Tigers within five but EIU's seven-of-eight free throw shooting down the stretch held off the Tigers for the win. The Tigers next will match-up against Southeast Missouri, Saturday, December 6th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers Look to Snap Skid in Atlanta - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:54 PM

Tigers Look to Snap Skid in Atlanta Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 12/29/2008

Tigers Face Yellow Jackets in Atlanta Nashville, Tenn. - After a gallant comeback attempt, the Tigers will look to harness their efforts versus Marshall when they face Georgia Tech. Game time is scheduled for Dec. 30th at 7:00 p.m. inside the Alexander Memorial Coliseum. This will be the third meeting between the two teams with the Yellow Jackets leading the series 2-0. Last season (11/11/07), Georgia Tech defeated TSU inside the Gentry Center, 99-85. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

The Tigers (3-8) have loss four straight and are 1-6 on the road. Gerald Robinson, Jr. leads the Tigers averaging 19.5 points and five assists per game. Robinson has scored over 20 points in the Tigers last two games. He scored 25 points against Kentucky and a game-high 21 points versus Marshall. Three Tigers on the roster are natives of the Atlanta-Metro area and will be returning home. Stephen Evans, Lonnie Funderburke and Parker Smith played high school basketball in surrounding counties. Evans (Campbell High) is averaging 7.6 points and six rebounds per game. Smith (Chestatee High) is averaging 6.9 points per game while shooting 32 percent from behind the arc. Funderburke (Central Gwinnett) is shooting 44 percent from the field. Georgia Tech (7-4) is on a two-game losing streak, including an ACC double-overtime loss to Virginia. The Yellow Jackets are led by Lewis Clinch (18.3 ppg) and Gani Lawal (17.1 ppg). Next up, the Tigers will resume conference play when they host Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 3rd. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers Lose 69-62 to Northwestern, Prepare for Iowa State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:31 PM

Tigers Lose 69-62 to Northwestern, Prepare for Iowa State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 11/22/2009

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Evanston, Ill. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team held an eight-point lead down the stretch but fell victim to a late run by Northwestern, losing their first game of the Chicago Invitational Challenge, 69-62, at the Welsh-Ryan Arena (11/22). In their best game played collectively, the Tigers dropped their third straight, remaining winless on the season. Josh Sain scored 14 points and Wil Peters tied a career high, 13 points, hitting 4-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from three-point range to lead TSU respectively.

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Robert Covington followed with nine points from 4-of-9 shooting and Jacquan Nobles hit two three-pointers and two free throws scoring eight points.

The Tigers shot 42 percent from the floor and a season high, 45 percent from behind the arc. TSU's bench outscored Northwestern's reserves 20-13, with the Wildcats (2-1) shooting 49 percent as a team. Trailing 26-13, TSU jumped on a 20-6 run, holding Northwestern scoreless in the last six minutes, to close the first half with a 33-32 lead. TSU went 5-of-11 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes of play for 46 percent, hitting four during the closing minutes. At 18:09 in the second half, TSU trailed 39-35, back to-back three-point shots by Peters and Sain regained the lead 41-39. The last half of play experienced three lead changes with the Tigers holding their second largest margin of the game, 49-42, with 13:56 remaining. Leading 61-57 with 5:26 on the clock, the Tigers surrendered a 16-1 run with Northwestern guard Michael Thompson scoring 13 of his game high 31 points. The Tigers missed several opportunities to answer back, shooting 2-of-4 from the free-throw line and committing five turnovers in their final six possessions. Thompson was 9-of-18 from the floor, 5-of-13 from behind the arc and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. The Tigers will travel to Ames, Iowa to match-up with Iowa State in game two of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Tip-off is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. inside the James Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State (4-0) has defeated every team faced at the start of the season by 20 or more points. The Cyclones dropped Mississippi Valley State at home, 96-55, in their first game of the CIC. ISU posted three players in double figures. Craig Brackins managed a double-double performance, scoring a game high 28 points (11-of-17) and 12 rebounds. Marquis Gilstrap added 21 points from 8-of-11 shooting and Scott Christopherson scored 10. ISU holds the series record versus the Tigers, 2-0, winning the last game at home during the 2005-06 season, 59-51. TSU-62, NU-69

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Tigers Lose To Loyola - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:06 PM

Tigers Lose To Loyola Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 11/16/2008

Tiger Last Second Shot Fails in Loss TSU vs. Loyola(MD) - Box Score

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Parker Smith lays in two of his 12 points in the Tigers' loss to Loyola (MD).

Baltimore, Md. – With four seconds left, the Tigers (0-2) missed a three-point shot and an opportunity to send the game into overtime losing to Loyola (MD), 73-70 in Reitz Arena. Members of the Tennessee State University Alumni Baltimore Chapter and the president of the TSU National Alumni Association, Leonard Stephens, were on hand to show their support for the Big Blue. Darius Cox led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points (8-12) while hauling in nine rebounds. Gerald Robinson, Jr. added 15 points including eight second half points.

Stephen Evans tallied his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. TSU shot 43 percent from the field (26-60) including 25 percent from the arc (3-12). Free throw shooting helped the Tigers stay in contention as they hit 15-of-19 for 79 percent. In the first half, the Tigers shot 36 percent from the field while out rebounding the Greyhounds 24-15. TSU scored nearly half their first-half points from the charity stripe with 15. There were five lead changes with four ties in the half. Loyola had the edge with their bench outscoring the Tiger reserves 10-0. The Tigers forced nine Greyhound turnovers but trailed at the break, 33-32. In the last half with 3:39 left, the Tigers trailed 66-63. At the 1:23 mark, Parker Smith nailed a three-pointer to tie the ball game at 70. Smith finished with 12 points (4-10) and two assists. Loyola hit 1-of-2 free throws with :08 seconds left to go ahead 71-70. On the ensuing play, a critical turnover by the Tigers forced them to foul quickly sending Loyola's Brett Harvey to the line. Harvey hit both free throws with :04 seconds remaining. Harvey led all scorers with 34 points (9-12) shooting 50 percent from behind the arc (6-12). Emmanuel Gaiter took the final shot for the Tigers but the three-point opportunity rattled in and out. http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&SPSID=92739&ATCLID=1626380&SPID=11280&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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Tigers Lose To Loyola - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Next, the Tigers will host Northern Illinois on Friday, November 21st at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers Match-up Against Austin Peay on ESPN2 - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:08 PM

Tigers Match-up Against Austin Peay on ESPN2 Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 02/12/2009

Tigers face the Governors in OVC action on ESPN2 Nashville, Tenn. – After clearing up a five-game drought, the Tennessee State University men's basketball team will head to Clarksville, Tenn. for OVC play against Austin Peay State (APSU) at the Dunn Center. The game is scheduled for Saturday, February 14th, at 6:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2. Tiger fans can also catch live coverage on the Big Blue Sports Network (WVOL 1470 AM - Nashville, WMRB 910 AM Columbia, WOJG 94.7 FM - Jackson). Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Both teams met earlier this season inside the Gentry Center with APSU edging TSU, 91-87, leading the overall series, 25-11. The Tigers are 211 on the road while the Governors defend the Dunn Center with a 6-4 record.

TSU (7-17, 5-9 OVC) is coming off an 80-70 win versus Jacksonville State, Monday night in the Mathews Coliseum. The win put an end to a five game skid and tied the Tigers for seventh place in the Ohio Valley Conference with Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. Gerald Robinson, Jr. leads the Tigers in scoring with 17 points and four assists per game. After tallying his seventh double-double performance against Jacksonville State, Jerrell Houston is the Tigers second leading scorer with 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Darius Cox and Parker Smith avearge nearly 10 points apiece while Cox leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game. The Governors (14-10, 10-4 OVC) have won their last two games after snapping a three-game slide and are ranked third in the OVC standings. They are led in scoring by Drake Reed (21.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Wes Channels (17.7 ppg). Next, TSU will play their last away game of the season when they head to Cookesville, Tenn. to face Tennessee Tech on February 19th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers Move Forward, Host Southeast Missouri State in League Play - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:20 PM

Tigers Move Forward, Host Southeast Missouri State in League Play Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 12/04/2009

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers will host Southeast Missouri State in Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday, December 5, at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Tigers (1-7, 0-1) will play their second league match-up in a twogame home stand after coming off a triple overtime loss to Eastern Illinois, 83-81, at the Gentry Center. Jeremiah Crutcher scored a career and team-high 21 points, hitting 5-of14 overall, and connecting all seven free throws. Crutcher also added four assists and five rebounds while scoring 14 points in extra minutes. Crutcher (5.5 ppg) also carries a team best in assists with 3.1 per game. Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics http://tigerpics.lifepics.com

Tennessee State has won four of the last five meetings against SEMO, including an 87-82 win in their last match-up at the end of the 2008-09 season inside the Gentry Center. The Tigers hold the series edge, 19-16.

Josh Sain continues to lead the Tigers in scoring with 13.1 points per game after sitting out Thursday night (12/03) against Eastern Illinois. Robert Covington is averaging 10.4 points shooting 43 percent from behind the arc while Darius Cox posts 5.6 rebounds per game to lead the Tigers. From the field, TSU is shooting 39 percent as a team averaging 64.4 points per game. SEMO (2-6, 0-1) comes in after playing an overtime game for the second time this season when it dropped its conference-opener, 76-71, at Austin Peay on Thursday (12/03). The Redhawks are now 1-1 in overtime games this season. True freshman Derek Thompson drained back-to-back treys in just 16 seconds to help SEMO go into extra play. Thompson leads the Redhawks with 9.9 points per game and was named OVC Freshman-of-the-Week on Nov. 23. Thompson scored a game-high 19 points to help the Redhawks end a 21-game losing streak with a 70-64 overtime win at Northern Illinois. Cameron Butler and LaMont Russell are both topping the boards for the Redhawks pulling in 6.1 rebounds per game. Butler ranks second in the OVC in defensive rebounds with 4.6 per game. Collectively, SEMO is putting up close to 60 points per game, shooting 41 percent from the floor, while ranking third in the league when defending the three-point basket. Southeast Missouri is looking to end a 26-game losing streak in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Redhawks lost their last seven OVC games in 2007-08, before going 0-18 in league play in 2008-09 and starting the OVC season at 0-1 in 2009-10. It is currently the longest conference losing streak in the nation and longest losing streak in league history. The Redhawks' last OVC win was a 121-116 triple overtime victory against Austin Peay on Jan. 29, 2008. The Tigers will jump back on the road when they head to Detroit, Mich. to face the University of Detroit Mercy in a return game of the ESPN Bracket Busters. The match-up is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, with tip-off slated for 7:05 p.m. Game Notes

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Tigers Prepare for Murray State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:13 PM

Tigers Prepare for Murray State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 02/03/2009

Tiger Prepare to Bounce Back Against Murray State Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers (6-15, 4-7 OVC) will look to snap a threegame skid after suffering heartbreaking losses to Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky on the road hosting Murray State. In the first meeting this season, a turnover with seconds left proved costly for TSU, losing 75-71 to the Racers at the Regional Special Events Center in Murray, Ky.

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TSU will look to jump start things behind leading scorer Gerald Robinson, Jr. (17.4 ppg) who is coming off a season-low five points versus Eastern Kentucky. Jerrell Houston comes in averaging 13.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game with Darius Cox posting 9.7 ppg and team leading 7.1 rpg.

Murray State owns the series history, 37-15, and have won their last two games including four of their last six. Denero Thomas and Issac Miles lead the Racers in scoring with Thomas averaging 11.3 ppg and Miles posting 10.1 ppg. Next, TSU will host UT Martin for another double-header OVC clash on Saturday, February 7th. The women are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

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Tigers return to action at home versus Tennessee Tech - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 1:50 PM

Tigers return to action at home versus Tennessee Tech Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will host Tennessee Tech in OVC action at the Gentry Center on Monday, Feb. 15, during Academic Achievement Night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game will broadcast live on the Big Blue Sports Network and OVCsports.tv. The Tigers (6-20, 3-11 OVC) have won their last two games with conference wins over UT Martin (2/6), 74-68, and Austin Peay State (2/13), 76-67.

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The last time the Tigers pulled off back-to-back wins was early this season. They captured their first road contest of the year against Detroit Mercy (12/8/09), 70-69, and returned home to defeat Alabama A&M (12/15/09), 80-77.

In their last outing against Austin Peay, TSU pulled off the upset victory coming back from a 15-point deficit in the second half. Four Tigers posted double figures in scoring with Jeremiah Crutcher recording a gamehigh 22 points. Crutcher shot 6-of-14 from the floor scoring17 points in the second-half. Robert Covington followed with 17 points hitting 6-of-12 from the field while pulling in six rebounds. Jacquan Nobles posted 15 points and Wil Peters scored 12 points from 4-of-8 shooting including 3-of-5 from long range. Peters also posted a game-high six assists with Tashan Fredrick hauling in a career and team-high nine rebounds. Nobles is TSU's leading scorer with 11.1 ppg and has registered double figures in scoring in five of the last six games. Covington follows with 9.6 ppg and is the team's leading rebounder posting 5.7 rebounds per game. Wil Peters is averaging 9.0 ppg and has played in all 26 games on the season making 23 starts. TSU continues to battle for a chance to make the OVC tourney moving into the eighth spot in the team standings with their last win. Only the top eight teams in the conference are eligible to compete in the conference tournament in March. The Tigers are shooting 40 percent from the floor and have moved into the top three in several team categories in the league. TSU is second in the OVC in three-pointers made per game (7.8) and rank second in steals (8.2) and defending the three-point basket, holding teams to 35.3 percent. For the series against TTU, the Tigers trail 23-26 having dropped their last game to the Golden Eagles, 6156, earlier this season at the Eblen Center (1/23). The teams have traded wins the last two seasons. Nobles scored a team-high, 16 points, connecting 5-of-10 from the floor. Peters scored 12 points (3-of-7) going 2-of-2 from three-point range and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. Covington pulled in a career and http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&SPSID=92739&ATCLID=204887775&SPID=11280&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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game-high, 11 rebounds, to go with nine points. With 3:05 left to play, TTU sealed the game using an 11-5 run, connecting 4-of-4 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line. TTU finished with three players in double figures while shooting 48 percent from the floor. Kevin Murphy posted a game-high 18 points (8-of-13) with five rebounds. Alfred Jones (5-of-5) and Jud Dillard (5-of-6) registered 11 points each with Jones pulling in a team-high seven boards. The Golden Eagles step into the match-up having snapped a three-game skid defeating UT Martin in OVC play, 70-61, Saturday night (2/13). Frank Davis led all scorers with 19 points, hitting 4-for-8 from long distance. Jones added 13 points and nine rebounds while Muhammad scored 11 and grabbed six boards. Murphy finished with nine points, snapping a streak of 18 consecutive games in double figures and Bassey Inameti blocked a career-high six shots in the contest. Murphy (15.0 ppg), Davis (14.5 ppg) and Muhammed (11.7 ppg) power the TTU offense that ranks in the top three in several categories. The Golden Eagles posts a league best from long range (.409) and are ranked second in scoring (74.8 ppg) and field goal percentage (.476). TTU is shooting 47.6 percent from the field and is one of four teams in a tight battle for fourth place in the OVC standings. Murphy is fifth in scoring in the conference while Davis is the OVC's top three-point shooter connecting 47.5 percent from behind the arc. Muhammed is the conference's best free-throw shooter at 86 percent and his 4.4 assists per game stands third in the league. On the glass, Jones (8.5 ppg) pulls in a team best 5.3 rebounds per contest. The Tigers will host Jacksonville State in a rescheduled match-up from Feb. 2, holding Coaches vs. Cancer and Senior Night. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

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Tigers return to play against Austin Peay State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 1:53 PM

Tigers return to play against Austin Peay State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers, pacing off a conference win, will face OVC rivals Austin Peay State inside the Gentry Center on Saturday, Feb. 13 for Courtside Dining and Sponsor Recognition Night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game will broadcast live on the Big Blue Sports Network and OVCsports.tv. The Tigers (5-20, 2-11 OVC) will face the Governors for the second time this season after losing to APSU in a close battle on ESPNU, 79-77, at the Dunn Center in Clarksville, Tenn.

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Lonnie Funderburke goes up for two against APSU in their last meeting.

Four Tigers finished in double figures with Jacquan Nobles scoring a game-high shooting 7-of-14 overall, with 4-of-8 coming from long range. Robert Covington registered 15 points and a team-high, nine boards. TSU hit 43 percent from the floor, but a 32-percent shooting performance in the second half cooled them off.

The Governors finished with five players in double figures shooting 52 percent from the floor and 40 percent from the arc. Anthony Campbell tallied a double-double with 17 points (6-of-14) and 13 rebounds. Wes Channels scored 16 points and Justin Blake followed with 15 points. John Fraley added 11 points with nine rebounds and Tyrone Caldwell, giving the Govs a second-half lift, finished 5-of-5 from the floor for 10 points. TSU trails the Govs in the all-time series, 40-21, winning one of the last four games. TSU picked up their last win versus APSU in 2009 at the Dunn Center, 88-80. TSU ended a seven-game drought in their last game defeating UT Martin at the Elam Center, 74-68. Nobles scored 20 points and Wil Peters scored 19, including 16 second-half points, sweeping the Skyhawks for the season. For the second straight game all nine Tigers on the roster scored. Nobles shot 8-of-12 and Peters scored a career-high connecting 6-of-11 from the floor. Lonnie Funderburke and Robert Covington each pulled in a game-best eight rebounds with Jeremiah Crutcher dishing out a game-high five assists. With the team shorthanded, Nobles leads TSU in scoring with 11 ppg. Covington follows with 9.3 ppg and a team-high 5.6 rpg. The Tigers continue to shoot 41 percent as a team. The Governors (14-11, 8-5 OVC) are coming off a controversial league game losing to Murray State at the buzzer, 65-63. The game snapped a four-game win streak by the Govs averaging their decisions during the run by three points. http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&SPSID=92739&ATCLID=204885064&SPID=11280&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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Against Murray State, Anthony Campbell was APSU's only double-figure scorer with 20 points, including four three pointers, while grabbing eight rebounds. Campbell (15.5 ppg) joins Wes Channels (16.1 ppg) as the team's leading scorers sitting third and fourth in the OVC ranks. The duo has played the most minutes per game in the league and powers APSU to a conference third ranked 72.2 ppg. In rebounding, John Fraley (9.0 ppg) is listed second in the OVC and leads the Govs with 7.1 rebounds per game. Next up, the Tigers will host Tennessee Tech in conference play at the Gentry Center on Monday, Feb. 15 with tip-off at 7: 30 p.m.

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Tigers Roll into Tuscaloosa to Play Alabama - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:59 PM

Tigers Roll into Tuscaloosa to Play Alabama Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 12/16/2008

Tigers Look to Bounce Back Against Alabama Nashville, Tenn. - After coming up short against Alabama A&M on Sunday, the Tigers will head back to the Heart of Dixie to face the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama inside the Coleman Coliseum. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17th, at 7:00 p.m. Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics http://tigerpics.lifepics.com

Jerrell Houston named OVC CoPlayer of the Week, will look to continue his shooting streak against Alabama, after hitting 11-of-15, 7-of-8 in the second half, in the Tiger loss to Alabama A&M.

The game will be televised on the CSS Network (check local cable listings for station) and the radio broadcast will be aired on the Big Blue Network (WVOL 1470 AM - Nashville, WMRB 910 AM - Columbia, WOJG 94.7 FM - Jackson).

The Tigers (3-5) will look to continue their hot shooting behind OVC Co-Player of the Week Jerrell Houston. Houston shot 73 percent (11-of-15) from the field his last time out, scoring 25 points for a game high, including 17 second-half points. As a team, the Tigers shot nearly 50 percent in their last game. Houston is the Tigers second leading scorer averaging 16 points and eight rebounds per game. Gerald Robinson leads the Tigers averaging 19 points and five assists per contest. The Crimson Tide (5-3) are coming off a 86-78 overtime loss to Texas A&M snapping a four game win streak. Alabama is 3-2 at home and are led by senior top-scorer Ronald Steele with 13 points per game. The last time the teams met (12/02/06), Alabama defeated the Tigers 78-60 adding to their series lead, 4-0. The Tigers are 1-3 on the road with two of the losses coming in the month of December. The Tigers will continue their December road trip when they face the University of Kentucky (12/22), Marshall (12/28) and Georgia Tech (12/30).

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Tigers Roll Past Thorobreds in 86-67 Exhibition Win - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:20 PM

Tigers Roll Past Thorobreds in 86-67 Exhibition Win Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 11/11/2008

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Nashville, Tenn. – In their final exhibition game, the Tigers starting five each scored in double figures enroute to an 8667 victory over the Kentucky State Thorobreds (KSU) inside the Gentry Center Tuesday night.

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Jerrell Houston battles for the loose ball in the Tigers' exhibition win. Houston finished with a doubledouble, 21 points and 12 rebounds.

KSU took the lead in the early minutes of the first half before the Tigers closed it out with a 29-14 run for the lead at the break, 40-30. TSU shot 15-of-28 in the first half, shooting 54 percent from the field.

Jerrell Houston tallied a double-double to lead all players in both categories with 21 points (9-of-17) and 12 rebounds. Houston hit three jumpers in a row to jump start the Tigers' first scoring run and led all scorers at the half with 11 points.

Gerald Robinson, Jr. chipped in with 20 points (6-of-9) and four assists. Darius Cox (12 points, 8 rebounds), Stephen Evans (13 points, 5 rebounds) and Parker Smith (10 points, 2-of-3 from three-point range) contributed respectively. Lonnie Funderburke came off the bench adding seven points in the contest and Jeremiah Crutcher scored three points while leading the team in assists with five. On the night, TSU shot 59 percent (33-of-56) from the field and 44 percent (4-of-9) from three-point range.The Tigers won the battle on the boards collecting 38 rebounds to the Thorobreds' 26. In the second half, the Tigers kept a double-digit lead through the remainder of the game. At the 14:13 mark, the Tigers extended the lead to 16 with a 59-43 margin. With less than ten minutes remaining, the Tigers went on a 16-2 run (8:02) to account for their 64 percent (18-of-28) field goal shooting in the last half. Houston and Robinson combined for 20 points in the last half. Two crowd erupting dunks by Cox and three blocks by Evans eliminated the Thorobreds' hope of making a comeback attempt and the Tigers sealed the win, 86-67. The Tigers will start the regular season when they face Cumberland University on Friday, November 14th inside the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers secure OVC tourney berth with win over Southeast Missouri State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 1:47 PM

Tigers secure OVC tourney berth with win over Southeast Missouri State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 02/25/2010

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Cape Girardeau, Mo. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team locked up at least the eighth seed of the OVC tourney after defeating Southeast Missouri State, 74-67, at the Show Me Center on Thursday night (2/25). Freshman Robert Covington posted career highs in points and rebounds registering his second double double of the season with 27 points and a game-high 16 boards. He shot a perfect 13-of-13 from the free-throw line and hit 6-of-12 from the floor including 2-of-2 from the outside. Martell Buie scored 12 points hitting 4-of-9 overall and Wil Peters added 11 points connecting 3-of-4 from three-point range. Jeremiah Crutcher scored nine points and dished out a game-high six assists. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Martell Buie scored 12 points in the Tigers win to secure a seed in the OVC tourney.

The Tigers (9-21, 6-11 OVC) shot 35 percent overall, 44 percent from long range, after shooting 46 percent in the first half. They jumped out to the largest lead of the night, 29-11 (6:44) and held the advantage at the break, 43-29.

In the second half, SEMO outscored TSU, 33-17, which included a 23-9 run, freshman Marland Smith's three pointer gave the Redhawks a 62-60 lead with 5:14 remaining. The Tigers responded with Crutcher and Peters nailing back-to-back three point baskets to spark a 14-5 run to close out the game. The Tigers hit 8-of-8 from the line down the stretch to survive the scare and secure the win. SEMO (7-22, 3-14 OVC) was led in scoring by Smith's game high 30 points. Cameron Butler scored 10 and JaJuan Maxwell puled in a team-high seven rebounds. The Tigers will face Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Ill. at the Lantz Arena for the final game of the regular season. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. Final Box - TSU-74, SEMO-67 (PDF)

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Tigers Selected to Play in All-Star Game - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:00 PM

Tigers Selected to Play in All-Star Game Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 04/13/2009

Houston, Gaiter and Evans to Play in Music City All Star Classic Nashville, Tenn. - Men’s basketball seniors Jerrell Houston, Emanuel Gaiter and Stephen Evans will represent Tennessee State in the 2 nd Annual Music City All Star Classic on Saturday, April 18 th , at the Curb Event Center on the campus of Belmont University. The event is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

The Classic will kick-off with a three-point shootout and slam dunk contest.

The Music City All-Star Classic highlights the state of Tennessee’s top college basketball seniors. The Classic, in its second year, will feature players from Middle Tennessee State, UT Chattanooga, East Tennessee State, Trevecca and Cumberland. In addition to Tennessee State, the Ohio Valley Conference will have players participating from Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech. Players from Atlantic Sun rival schools, Belmont and Lipscomb, will also participate in the all-star event. In addition to the TSU representatives, Alex Renfroe (Belmont), Andy Wicke (Belmont) and Courtney Pigram (ETSU) will be among others whose talents will be on display. Mark Pittman, former assistant and interim men’s basketball coach at TSU, will coach one of the all-star teams. Pittman led TSU to a 6-2 record in their last eight games down the stretch this past season. Last year’s inaugural Music City All Star Classic featured top seniors such as: Andre Allen (Memphis), Alex Gordon (Vanderbilt), JaJuan Smith (Tennessee) and Justin Hare (Belmont).

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Tigers sluggish in loss to Murray State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:06 PM

Tigers sluggish in loss to Murray State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers shot 35 percent from the field overall and scored 19 first-half points as Tennessee State University fell to Murray State in league play, 80-59, Thursday night (1/7) at the Gentry Center. The loss gives TSU their fifth straight while remaining without a win in OVC action. Three Tigers finished in double figures with Josh Sain posting a teamhigh 13 points. Jacquan Nobles scored 12 points from 4-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-5 from three-point range. Robert Covington added 10 points and Darius Cox finished with a game-high six rebounds.

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TSU (3-13, 0-5 OVC) trailed, 14-0, before scoring their first basket of the night. The Tigers shot 27 percent from the floor in the first half and trailed at the break, 43-19.

Tashan Fredrick pulls in a rebound in the Tigers' loss.

In the second, TSU could not get find their offensive rhythm, falling behind from the largest lead of the night, 71-39, with 7:58 remaining. The Tigers mustered a 20-9 run down the stretch but could not climb out of the early deficit.

The Racers (12-3, 4-0 OVC) pulled in 42 boards and scored 34 points in the paint to finish shooting 54 percent from the floor. From behind the arc, they hit 7-of-14 and defensively managed six blocks that led to scores. Isacc Miles (4-of-6) and Tony Easley (5-of-7) scored 13 points each to lead the Racers' offense. Easley recorded four blocks and five rebounds. Donte Poole and Jeffery McClain each followed with nine points. The Tigers will play their next OVC game against UT Martin on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Gentry Center. Tipoff has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Murray State/TSU Box

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Tigers Snap Skid With 69-63 Win Over Eastern Kentucky - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:53 PM

Tigers Snap Skid With 69-63 Win Over Eastern Kentucky Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/03/2009

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Smith's Career-High Helps Lift Tigers Pass Colonels Nashville, Tenn. - Parker Smith scored a career-high 26 points, including six-of-nine from 3-point range, to help lead the Tigers (4-9,1-1) over Eastern Kentucky (7-6,1-2), 6963, Saturday night inside the Gentry Center. The win snaps a five-game skid and gives TSU their second consecutive conference win. Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics http://tigerpics.lifepics.com

Parker Smith shoots and hits one of his six three-point buckets in the Tigers' win. Smith scored a careerhigh 26 points including 18 points in the first half.

Jerrell Houston scored 18 points (8-of-14) with seven rebounds, including 15 points in the second half, to help the Tigers hit a season-high 55 percent from the field. Gerald Robinson, Jr. scored 10 points and Jeremiah Crutcher dished out a career and game-high 11 assists.

TSU won the battle on the boards, 37-21, while the Tiger bench dominated EKU's reserves in scoring, 31-10. TSU finished hitting 62 percent from three-point range and shot 78 percent from the free-throw line.

The Tigers trailed by six in the first (13:30) before taking a 27-20 lead on a 20-7 run with 3:33 remaining in the half. Smith hit four-of-five from behind the arc while scoring 18 points before the break. TSU held the lead at halftime, 33-29. The Tigers led 38-29 at the 15:44 mark in the second, but the Colonels capitalized on two lay-ups by Mike Smith and a three-point basket by Mike Rose to shrink the lead to one. Mike Rose finished with a game-high 31 points (11-of-20), including 5-of-10 three pointers. After a see-saw battle which consisted of three ties and three lead changes, the Tigers trailed 54-53 with 4:36 remaining. The Tigers answered EKU baskets shooting 60 percent from both the floor and behind the arc in the second. With 1:58 left, TSU held a tight 61-60 advantage and EKU was looking to make a run, however, Houston scored on three-straight possessions to help seal the win. The Tigers will host the Eagles of Morehead State inside the Gentry Center, Monday, Jan. 5th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&SPSID=92739&ATCLID=3639824&SPID=11280&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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Tigers Snap Skid With 69-63 Win Over Eastern Kentucky - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Tigers snared in loss at Iowa - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Iowa City, Iowa - Tennessee State University was one rebound short of an opportunity to pull off an upset, but instead drooped a gallant effort to Iowa, 67-62, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Tuesday night (1/12). Josh Sain scored a team-high, 19 points, hitting 4-of-9 from the outside, 6-of-16 overall. Jacquan Nobles went 4-of-9 for 14 points and Darius Cox followed with 11 points with four boards. Robert Covington scored seven points to go with a team-high, eight rebounds. The Tigers (4-14, 1-5) shot 40 percent and a season-high 90 percent from the free-throw line.

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Josh Sain scored a team-high, 19 points, in the Tigers loss to Iowa.

TSU held their largest lead of the game at the 9:42 mark of the first half, 20-10. TSU would retake the lead after falling behind, 28-22, with 1:14 left before the break, 32-31. However, with the scored tied, 33-33, Iowa's Aaron Fuller hit a lay-up at the buzzer to help the Hawkeyes to a 35-33 lead at the half.

Fuller finished with a double-double from a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. TSU opened the second half behind three consecutive three-point baskets by Sain to manage a 44-41 advantage. Four more lead changes would ensue throughout the half, with both teams tied, 60-60, with 2:22 left to play. Cully Payne hit a three-pointer with 1:45 left (63-60) before Sain answered on a runner in the paint (63-62). TSU missed two opportunities to score after missing crucial defensive rebound with less than 30 seconds remaining. As a result, the Tigers committed a quick foul and Iowa answered, hitting their free throws as timed expired. The Hawkeyes (6-11) shot 50 percent overall including 56 percent from the floor in the first half. Payne and Matt Gatens also scored in double figures for Iowa. Payne notched 11 points and Gatens scored 12 points while hauling in six rebounds. TSU the will return to Ohio Valley Conference play at Austin Peay State on Saturday, Jan. 16. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tip-off. Box Score

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Tigers Tack On Win with Upset over Austin Peay - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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TSU captures win in Clarksville for the first time since 1999. Clarksville, Tenn. – Gerald Robinson, Jr. led the Tigers in scoring with 25 points (10-of-18) while snaring eight rebounds with Darius Cox and Jerrell Houston each posting double-doubles to help knock off Austin Peay State, 88-80, at the Dunn Center Saturday night. The win is the Tigers' second straight and first in Clarksville since the 1999 season.

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Sophomore Darius Cox looks to pass during the Tigers win over rival Austin Peay. Cox finished three assists shy of a triple-double with 20 points, ten rebounds and seven assists.

Cox scored 20 points (6-of-10) with ten boards dishing out seven assists. Houston chipped in 14 points (6-of-11) with 15 rebounds adding five assists. Emanuel Gaiter scored 11 points in reserve role while Jeremiah Crutcher finished with seven assists. TSU (8-17, 6-9 OVC) shot 51 percent from the floor and dominated the glass with 47 rebounds to APSU's 36. The Tigers' bench outscored the Governors' reserves 36-25. Defensively, the Tigers held the lead the entire game holding APSU to 40 percent shooting.

The Tigers jumped out to an early lead midway through the first half, 156. The Governors rallied back shrinking the Tiger lead 21-14 with 6:32 remaining before the break. Both teams exchanged scores leading to a TSU 13-11 edge and halftime lead, 36-25. At the 9:05 mark in the second half, the Tigers held the largest lead of the game 63-43, but the Governors bounced back on a 27-13 run to narrow the deficit, 76-70, with 1:11 remaining. Austin Peay (14-11, 8-5 OVC) was led by Drake Reed who finished with a game-high 30 points (10-of-20). Wes Channel and Caleb Brown each added 11 points apiece for the Governors. With under a minute, APSU still trailed by six but the Tigers' 8-of-8 free throw shooting with less than 35 seconds left held off the Governors' comeback. The Tigers will travel to Cookeville, Tenn. for their last road game of the season when they face-off against Tennessee Tech. The game will again be televised on ESPNU and is scheduled for Thursday, February 19th, with a 8 p.m. tip-off.

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Tigers take aim at Alabama - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Release: 12/28/2009

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will finish 2009 when they face the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, December 30, at Coleman Coliseum with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. Nursing a 1-5 road record, the Tigers (3-9) have won two of their last three games and will face their second straight Southeastern Conference opponent. The Tigers enter the match-up with a recent loss to Vanderbilt, 84-71, at Memorial Gymnasium.

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Jeremiah Crutcher looks for an opening in last year's match-up against Alabama. The Crimson Tide held off the Tigers' comeback effort, winning 75-66, at Coleman Coliseum.

Four players scored in double figures for the first time this season, and as team, TSU shot a season-high 86 percent from the free-throw line. Lonnie Funderburke posted a career-high, 12 points with Jacquan Nobles and Josh Sain each contributing 14 points. Robert Covington followed with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. On the season, the Tigers have improved offensively and are now shooting 40 percent from the floor. Sain leads the team in scoring with 14.6 ppg. Covington has made 9-of-12 starts and is posting 10.6 ppg and a team-high 5.3 rpg.

TSU first-year head coach, John Cooper, will return to the state of Alabama after serving as an associate basketball head coach at Auburn for five years. The game will be his first in Alabama since joining TSU. Cooper will go up against Alabama's head coach Anthony Grant who has led the Crimson Tide to an 8-4 record in his first season at the helm. Grant was named head coach after serving in the same capacity at Virginia Commonwealth for three years. Alabama has won five of their last seven games and are outscoring their opponents, 73-66. The Crimson Tide picked up a win in their last outing (12/23) against Mercer, 90-71. The Tide shot 49 percent from the field and posted four players in double figures. JaMychal Green tallied a double-double, 27 points and 13 rebounds, with Mikhail Torrance and Senario Hillman each chipping in 14 points. Tony Mitchell added 11 points. Green (15.8 ppg) and Torrance (15.7 ppg) lead the team in scoring with Green pulling in a team best, 6.9 rebounds per game. For the series, Alabama holds a 5-0 margin over the Tigers. In last year's meeting, Alabama held off the Tigers' comeback effort, winning 75-66, at Coleman Coliseum. The Tigers will open 2010 on the road to continue OVC play with a two-game road swing in Kentucky. The Tigers will first match-up against Eastern Kentucky (1/2) before playing Morehead State (1/4). Both games are slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

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Tigers take down Tennessee Tech in double OT thriller, 109-102 - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Nashville Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers tacked on another win beating Tennessee Tech, 109-102, in double overtime at the Gentry Center on Monday night (2/15). Both teams were deadlocked at 75 at the end of regulation and knotted up at 89-all at the end of the first overtime. Robert Covington was held scoreless in the first half but scored five points in the closing minutes of regulation and posted 19 points in extra play. Covington managed a double-double with career-highs, 24 points and 12 rebounds, to go with two blocks.

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Robert Covington posted career highs in points (24) and rebounds (12) in the win.

Jeremiah Crutcher also finished with 24 points and Wil Peters followed with 16 points and eight assists. Tashan Fredrick finished with a careerhigh 13 points and tallied a double-double with 10 boards. Jacquan Nobles added 12 points with Martell Buie netting a career-high 11 points.

It was the first time both teams battled in overtime with TSU cracking the century mark since the 2004-05 season when they defeated Morehead State, 100-65. The last time TSU picked up an overtime win was against Murray State in 2007, 64-60. TSU (7-20, 4-11 OVC) shot 46 percent from the floor picking up their third consecutive OVC win. The victory gives the Tigers a cushion in the eighth spot in the league race for the post-season tournament. In regulation, TTU held a 41-36 lead at the half. With less than five minutes to play, the score was even nine times with six lead changes. Crutcher connected 1-of-2 free throws to send the game into extra minutes. In the first overtime, the Tigers trailed by three with 49 seconds left. Covington hit a pair of free throws and then followed on the next offensive play with a lay-up with 13 seconds remaining to send the game to another overtime. In double overtime with the score 91-91, Crutcher nailed a three-point shot to give the Tigers the lead for good with 3:48 left. TSU connected 17-of-20 free throws in extra play including 11-of-14 in the final minutes to hold on for the win. TTU (13-14, 7-9 OVC) missed two opportunities to win the ball game taking the last shot as time winded down in regulation and the first overtime. Five players finished in double figures for the Golden Eagles. Elijah Muhammad scored a game-high, 26 points, while dishing out eight assists. Jud Dillard notched a double-double, 24 points and 10 rebounds. Frank Davis followed with 17 points, Alfred Jones added 13, and Kevin Murphy posted 10.

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The Tigers will return to action when they face Jacksonville State in OVC play on Coaches vs. Cancer and Senior Night. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17, inside the Gentry Center with tip-off slated for 7 p.m. The match-up is a rescheduled game from Feb. 2. TSU-109, TTU-102

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Tigers Take On UT Martin in OVC Play - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Tigers Travel to UT Martin Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers (5-10, 3-2 OVC) will try to bounce back after a tough loss to Murray State when they visit the Skyhawks of UT Martin, Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center (6:00 p.m.). TSU owns the overall meetings, 24-18, with UT Martin winning the last match-up, 91-81. In their last two games, the Tigers have shot over 40 percent from the field and had three players score in double digits. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Gerald Robinson, Jr. (18.3 ppg) and Jerrell Houston (14.4 ppg) lead a Tiger squad that averages 71 points per game

and are 1-8 on the road. UT Martin (8-6, 1-3 OVC) are 4-2 at home after losing to defending OVC Champions, Austin Peay. The Skyhawks are led by OVC Player of the Year, Lester Hudson, who is the league's leading scorer with 27 points per game. Next up, the Tigers will host Austin Peay, Saturday, Jan. 17. Tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers to take on intracity opponent, Vanderbilt, at Memorial Gymnasium - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University will look to extend their winning streak three when they travel across town to face Vanderbilt on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3:00 p.m. inside Memorial Gymnasium.

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The game marks the 35 th anniversary of the first time the teams met on the hardwood on December 8, 1973. During a time when race relations were still touchy, Vanderbilt edged the Tigers led by Head Coach Ed Martin, 67-66, at Memorial Gymnasium. Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 6-0, with every game taking place at Memorial Gym.

The last time the teams met, Vanderbilt held off the Tigers, 83-74, during the 2007-08 season. The Tigers (3-8, 0-2) enter Saturday's game having notched back-to-back wins including an, 80-77, victory over Alabama A&M. TSU shot 48 percent from the floor and received career-highs in scoring from Jeremiah Crutcher and Wil Peters. Crutcher scored his third 20+ performance in four games, scoring a game-high 25 points. Peters was perfect from the charity stripe, 6-of-6, to follow with 17 points. On the season, the Tigers have improved steadily and are shooting 40 percent from the floor. Josh Sain leads the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game, and Robert Covington also posts double digits with 10.4 points per contest. Darius Cox having sat out the last two games still leads the Tigers in rebounds with 5.6 per game. Vanderbilt (6-3) is coming off an eight-day break after their last game against Western Kentucky, a game the Commodores dropped, 76-69, at the Nashville Arena on December 11. VU has dropped two consecutive games, while returning to play in front of the home crowd, where the team has a 3-0 record this season. Vanderbilt's last game at home resulted in a 79-68 win over DePaul on December 5. Against Western Kentucky, forward Jeffery Taylor, who scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, both team highs, led Vanderbilt. The 21-point effort was his second 20+ point game of the season. The Commodores are led in scoring and rebounding by Taylor, who averages 15.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Jermaine Beal adds 13.2 points per contest, and center A.J. Ogilvy chips in 12.7 points per game. Ogilvy is second on the team in rebounding at 5.6 rebounds per game. VU is shooting 46 percent from the floor and averaging 74 points per game. Next, the Tigers will play their second straight SEC opponent when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to matchup with Alabama. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on December 30 th.

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Tigers Top University of Detroit, 78-75 - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Tigers win fourth straight moves to 2-1 in ESPNU Bracketbusters play Nashville, Tenn. – Five Tigers posted double figures and a Darius Cox blocked shot with seven seconds remaining secured a nonconference 78-75 win over University of Detroit Mercy in the ESPNU Bracketbusters inside the Gentry Center Saturday night. In front of a crowd of more than 3, 700, TSU (10-17) wins their fourth straight for their longest winning streak of the season and moves to 2-1 in ESPNU Bracketbusters. Jerrell Houston scored a game-high 17 points hauling in six rebounds shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Jeremiah Crutcher shot 5-of-8 from the floor, 5-of-7 from beyond the arc for 16 points while dishing out eight assists. Parker Smith scored 14 points (5-of-11) including 3-of-7 from three-point range, Gerald Robinson, Jr. tacked on 13 and Darius Cox posted 10 to help the TSU shoot 54 percent from the field.

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Jerimiah Crutcher buries the 3 pointer versus UDM. Crutcher finished with 16 points and eight assists.

The Tigers trailed early in a tightly fought first half with the Titans holding their largest lead of the game at the 7:36 mark, 26-20. An 8-6 TSU advantage set the score at the break, 32-28, in favor of Detroit. Michael Harrington (14 points), Chris Hayes (10 points) and Eulis Stephens (13 points) led the Titans (720) to a team average, 59-percent shooting from the floor. The Titans won the battle on the boards 30-23, scoring 34 points in the paint while their bench outscored the Tiger reserves, 41-18. In the second half, the score was knotted-up seven times before a TSU 27-14 run gave them their largest lead of the game, 55-46, with 10:38 left. UDM answered back outscoring the Tigers 20-10 to take the lead 66-65 with 3:42 remaining. Crutcher hit back-to-back three-point baskets and the Tigers never looked backed leading 77-70 with 1:18 left to play. TSU's one-of-five shooting from the free-throw line with under minute gave the Titans a chance. UDM scored three unanswered points and a lay-up with 37 seconds made the score, 78-75. On the next, possession, the Tigers turned the ball over on a steal but defense by Cox, pinning the ball on the backboard, preserved the win. The Tigers will resume OVC play when host Southeast Missouri State next week, Thursday, February 26. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers Travel Across Town for Showdown against Belmont - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will cap a six-game road stretch when they travel across town to play Belmont University, Monday, November 30, at the Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tenn. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. For the series, TSU holds the overall record, 7-6, but Belmont has won four of the last five meetings, including a 91-63 victory at the Gentry Center last December.

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The Tigers (1-5) are coming off a 63-60 loss to Liberty University in their final game of the Chicago Invitational Challenge (11/22-28). TSU shot 37 percent from the field overall and received 28 points from the reserves. From the free throw line, the Tigers shot a season high 83 percent and pulled in 32 rebounds.

Robert Covington shot 6-of-14 to lead the Tigers in scoring with 18 points while pulling in six rebounds with three blocks. Covington scored 11 points, including six points, during a crucial run to close the first half.

The Tigers finished the Chicago Invitational Challenge winning one of four games played. The Tigers' 73-67 victory over Kennesaw State (11/27) during the CIC posted head coach John Cooper's first career win. Josh Sain averaged 15 points per game during the tournament to lead the Big Blue. As a team, TSU averaged 62 points per contest, allowing 70.8 points per game. The Tigers shot 41 percent from the floor including 34 percent from three-point land. The Tigers out rebounded their opponents in the CIC, 34-33. On the season, Sain leads the Tigers in scoring with 14.2 points per game followed by Covington, who is averaging 10 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. OVC preseason selection, Darius Cox, is posting a team best 5.2 rebounds to go along with 6.8 points per game. As a team, TSU is shooting 40 percent from the field and averaging 62 points on the season. The Bruins (3-2) continue their four-game stretch after defeating Eastern Illinois, 95-62, in their last outing (11/28). Belmont shot 53 percent from the floor and hit a season-high, 14 three-point field goals, in earning their second victory away from home this season. Belmont is riding a two-game win streak after dropping two in a row to Washington, 96-70, and Wright State, 82-73. Sophomore Mick Hedgepeth recorded a career-high 23 points on 8-for-9 shooting at Eastern Illinois. http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&SPSID=92739&ATCLID=204841884&SPID=11280&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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Hedgepeth entered the season with only two games in which he posted double figures. On the season, he has tallied four consecutive double figure scoring games. Hedgepeth leads Belmont in scoring at 14.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Keaton Belcher (13.4 ppg), Ian Clark (11.2 ppg), and Scott Saunders (11.0 ppg) are also averaging double digits for the Bruins. The trio also combines for 11.4 rebounds per game In their last two victories, Belmont is holding the opposition to 29 percent field goal shooting while holding a +13 rebounding advantage. From the floor, they are hitting 50 percent of their shots while outscoring opponents, 80-70. Next, TSU will return to the confines of the Gentry Center to open their OVC schedule against Eastern Illinois on Thursday, December 3, with tip-off slated for a 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers travel to Jacksonville State for OVC play on ESPNU - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 1:59 PM

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will play their third consecutive road game when they travel to Jacksonville State for OVC play. The game is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, with tip-off slated for 6 p.m. at the Pete Mathews Coliseum. The match-up will also be broadcasted on the Big Blue Sports Network, with the Tigers making their second straight national television appearance of the season on ESPNU. It will mark the second time the two have played on ESPNU, with the Gamecocks winning the first televised matchup, 72-64 at Pete Mathews Coliseum on Jan. 30, 2007. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

For the young series record between the Tigers and the Gamecocks, TSU holds the slight edge, 8-6. The Tigers have won three straight, seven of the last ten meetings, including a regular season sweep last

year. In the last meeting, TSU picked up an 80-70 win at JSU in 2009. The last time the Gamecocks downed the Tigers was during the early half of the 2007-08 season, 83-79. The Tigers (4-15, 1-6 OVC) are coming off a tough conference loss at Austin Peay while nursing a two-game skid. TSU dropped a close battle to their state rivals, 79-77, last weekend (1/16). Josh Sain and Jacquan Nobles each notched a game-high, 20 points apiece. Both guards received OVC honors for their efforts last week with Sain tallying his fourth Newcomer of the Week title and Nobles receiving Freshman of the Week for the first time this year. The Tigers have suffered losses by an average of three points in their last two outings. They dropped a crushing 67-62 loss at Iowa (1/12) after picking up their single conference win on the season against UT Martin, 73-59 (1/9). In five of six league defeats, they have loss by an average of 4.4 points and stand at a 7.7 in the scoring margin overall. As a team, TSU remains idle at 41 percent shooting while averaging 67 points each game. Sain continues to lead the team in scoring and ranks sixth in the conference with 15.4 ppg, while pulling in 4.5 rebounds per contest. He has scored double figures in 13 games thus far including nine straight. Nobles has emerged to become the team's second leading scorer with 10.3 ppg and is number one in the conference when shooting from long range (.500). He has recorded seven of the last nine games played in which he has scored 10 or more points. Leading the Tigers on the glass are forwards Robert Covington and Darius Cox. Covington averages 5.5 rpg http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&SPSID=92739&ATCLID=204871623&SPID=11280&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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to go along with 10 ppg and Cox (6.8 ppg) has scored in double figures with his last two starts, averaging 4.7 boards per game. JSU (7-10, 3-4 OVC) enters with a 6-4 home record, playing the first of four home games, and are fresh off a 73-63 win at UT Martin on Saturday (1/16). Nick Murphy netted 22 points, Trenton Marshall added 16, and Stephen Hall picked up a double-double with 10 points and a game-high, 13 rebounds. Murphy went 9-for-12 from the floor to lead all scorers, while Hall grabbed 10 defensive rebounds and dished a career best, six assists. Winning two of their last four outings, the Gamecocks offensively are shooting 45 percent from the field and are first in free-throw shooting in the conference at 75 percent. The OVC's leading scorer, Marshall, powers JSU. Marshall is averaging 18.5 points per game and is third in the league in steals with 1.6 per game. Marshall was named OVC Newcomer of the Week on four occasions and received the rare Player of the Week nomination (1/11) in his first season as a transfer to the league. Several other players rank among the league's best to help lead a team that finished with five conference wins last year. Murphy, standing at 6-3, averages 13.6 ppg and is second in the league in rebounds with 6.7 per game. Jeremy Bynum sits third on the squad, averaging 10.8 ppg and was named the conference's Player of the Week back on December 21, and Dominique Shellman's four assists per game ranks third in the OVC. Defensively, Amadou Mbodji and Sean Thurston sit back-to-back in blocks. Mbodji is third in the OVC with 1.7 bpg and Thurston sits fourth at 1.6 per game. The Tigers' road grind continues when they travel to Cookeville, Tenn. for conference play against Tennessee Tech on Saturday, January 23. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Eblen Center.

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Tigers Travel to SEMO for OVC Match-up - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

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Tigers Travel to SEMO for OVC Match-up Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 12/05/2008

Tiger vs. Redhawks in Series Tie Breaker Charleston, Ill. - After dropping their first conference game of the season, the Tigers (2-4, 0-1) will resume OVC play when they travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo. to face the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri. The match-up is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th, with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

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Stephen Evans rips a rebound versus Miles. Evans scored 11 straight second-half points for a total of 13 in the Tigers' loss to EIU.

Despite dropping their first conference game of the season, the Tigers will look to continue their second-half surge behind top scorers Gerald Robinson, Jr., Darius Cox, and Stephen Evans. Evans led the late charge scoring 11 straight points of his 13 in the last half. Robinson, Jr. continues to lead the Tigers in scoring with 20.5 points per game with five assists per contest.

The last time the teams went head-to-head was January of last season with the Tigers defeating SEMO, 87-75. The series between the teams is tied, 16-16. Tiger fans can catch a free live broadcast on KFVS12.com beginning with the Lady Tigers' match-up with SEMO at 5:30 p.m. The Tigers will then head to Normal, Ala. to face non-conference foe Alabama A&M on December 14th. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

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Tigers tumble in loss to Morehead State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 1:57 PM

Tigers tumble in loss to Morehead State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/28/2010

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team dropped their fifth straight, losing to Morehead State, 65-50, Thursday night (1/28) at the Gentry Center. TSU (4-18, 1-9 OVC) shot 37 percent from the field and a season low from long range, 19 percent. The loss is the third consecutive against Morehead State and their third straight OVC defeat. Darius Cox posted his first double-double this season with 10 points and 10 rebounds and is the first Tiger to tally one this season. Jacquan Nobles also finished with 10 points and Josh Sain followed with nine points and a game-high four assists. Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics http://tigerpics.lifepics.com

The Eagles (15-6, 9-1 OVC) shot 38 percent from the field and were powered by Kenneth Faried's game-high, double-double, 23 points and 21 rebounds. Faried shot 9-of-18 overall scoring 16 points in the second half.

Darius Cox posted his first doubledouble this season with 10 points and 10 rebounds and is the first Tiger to tally one this season. Maze Stallworth followed finishing with 19 points (6-of-12) and nine

rebounds and Demonte Harper chipped in 10 points. Morehead State extends their winning streak to 11 which is the second longest in country behind Siena's 12 straight wins. TSU led in the early minutes of the first half (6-0) and it would be their last lead in the game. With the score knotted up at 16-16 (5:23), The Eagles managed a 12-6 run to go up at the half, 28-22. In the second half trailing 40-24 (15:51), TSU orchestrated a 14-2 run behind scores from Nobles, Erick Peguero, and Lonnie Funderburke, to narrow the gap, 42-38, with 10:46 remaining. Peguero scored his only four points of the game during the run along with Funderburke scoring five. The Eagles answered with a 24-8 run of their own for the game's largest margin, 64-46, putting the game out of reach. TSU will host Eastern Kentucky in league play on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Gentry Center. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers Unable to Break Slump Against UT Martin - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:10 PM

Tigers Unable to Break Slump Against UT Martin Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 02/07/2009

TSU vs. UTM Box (HTML) Tenn. State - 73, UT Martin - 100

Crutcher hits career-high against the Skyhawks Nashville,Tenn. – Jeremiah Crutcher scored a career-high 18 points and Jerrell Houston posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. However, it would not be enough to snap the skid as the Tigers drop their fifth straight, falling to UT Martin, 100-73.

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Jeremiah Crutcher scores two of his career-high 18 points.

Emanuel Gaiter chipped in 14 points (5-of-6) and Darius Cox added 13 points (4-of-5) to lead a Tiger bench to their highest point-production of the season with 35. TSU finished hitting 44 percent from the field to go along with a 31-rebound effort.

TSU (6-17, 4-9 OVC) shot 44 percent from the floor but yielded 54 percent field-goal shooting to the Skyhawks. UT Martin (16-6, 9-3 OVC) scored 50 points in the paint, 22 points from TSU turnovers and 26 second-chance points. Lester Hudson scored a game-high 34 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead UTM to their eighth straight win. Olajide Hay tallied 21 points and nine boards while Reuben Clayton scored 20 points off the bench for the Skyhawks. TSU trailed 39-35 at halftime after leading 21-17 at the 8:51 mark. Crutcher scored 13 points at the game's mid-point, hitting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. With 4:27 remaining in the game, the Skyhawks outscored the Tigers for their largest lead of the night, 89-61. TSU retaliated with a 10-2 run to narrow the UTM lead, 91-71, with 1:43 left. UTM answered shooting 3-of-3 from the field and foul line in the final minute to secure the win. Next up, the Tigers will head to Jacksonville State to face-off in OVC play. The game is scheduled for Monday, February 9th, with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

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Tigers Unable to Rebound from Early Deficit in Loss to Morehead State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:22 PM

Tigers Unable to Rebound from Early Deficit in Loss to Morehead State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/29/2009

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Tigers Lose on the Road in OVC Play Morehead, Ky. - The Tigers trailed the entire game and could not recover from a double-digit halftime deficit, losing to Morehead State (MOR) in conference play, 94-73, at the Johnson Arena Thursday night. Morehead shot 59 percent from the floor aith TSU connecting 38 percent from the field. Both teams combined for 83 free-throw attempts with TSU shooting 60 percent and Morehead State, 63. The Eagles won the battle on the boards, 47-31, and outscored the Tigers (6-14, 4-6 OVC) in the paint, 50-18. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Jerrell Houston backs down an Eagle defender. Houston was held to two points in the loss.

Gerald Robinson, Jr. scored 23 points and Parker Smith chipped in 17 points to lead the Tigers. TSU went scoreless for over six minutes in the first half and trailed 28-17 with 4:32 left. The Eagles (12-10, 8-2 OVC) jumped on a 21-8 run and led at the break 39-23.

Leon Buchanan led the Eagles at the half with nine points before finishing with a game-high 24 (11-of-13). Robert Murray added 17 points and Kenneth Faried hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds. In the second, Morehead State led 65-37 with 10:32 for their largest lead of the game. TSU clawed with in 16 with less than six minutes remaining but the Eagles secured their lead. The Tigers will make a stop in Richmond, Ky. to face Eastern Kentucky, Saturday, January 31. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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Tigers versus Austin Peay State on ESPNU - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:02 PM

Tigers versus Austin Peay State on ESPNU Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

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Release: 01/15/2010

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will return to OVC play when they travel to Austin Peay State on Saturday, Jan. 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m at the Dave Aaron Arena inside the Dunn Center. The game will broadcast live on the Big Blue Sports Network and televised on ESPNU. The Tigers (4-14, 1-5 OVC) are coming off a tough 67-62 loss to Big Ten Conference member, Iowa (1/12), at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game was one-of-two of TSU's final non-conference opponents this season. The Tigers will play their final non-conference game in the ESPN Bracketbusters on Feb.15. The team has not yet been determined. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Josh Sain scored a team-high, 19 points. Jacquan Nobles went 4-of-9 from the floor chipping in 14 points and Darius Cox notched 11 points. Robert Covington pulled in a team-high eight rebounds to go with seven points and three blocks. In the game, TSU shot a season-high from the free-throw line, 90 percent.

Sain continues to lead the Tigers in scoring with 15.1 ppg and currently ranks eighth in the league. He is third on the team with 4.3 rebounds per game. Three other Tigers are managing close to 10 ppg with TSU shooting 41 percent from the floor overall. Robert Covington (9.9 ppg), Wil Peters (9.8 ppg) and Jacquan Nobles (9.6 ppg) combine to account for 43 percent of the offense. Covington leads the team in rebounds per game with 5.3 per contest and has posted nine games in which he scored in double digits. Peters holds the team's best mark in steals with 22 and has scored in double figures in seven of the last 10 games. In their last league game, TSU picked up a 73-59 win at home against UT Martin (1/9), snapping a five-game losing streak and a seven-game skid to the Skyhawks. Peters (16), Sain (15), and Covington (14) led the offense in the team's first conference win of the year. Against Austin Peay State, the Tigers trail the series, 39-21. In their last meeting, the Tigers defended a late Governor comeback to upset APSU at the Dunn Center, 88-80, on ESPN2. Darius Cox scored 20 points and pulled in 10 rebounds, and Jeremiah Crutcher dished out seven assists, to help the Tigers pull off their first win in Clarksville since 1999. In the heated rivalry, TSU has won three of the last ten meetings against the Governors. Dating back to the 2006-07 season, two losses have come during the OVC tournament, including an 82-64 loss in the championship game in 2008. APSU (9-9, 3-3 OVC) posts a 6-2 record at the Dunn Center this year, losing their last outing at home to Murray State, 69-53 (1/9). Wes Channels, an OVC preseason selection, led the team with 14 points and http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&SPSID=92739&ATCLID=204869370&SPID=11280&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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7/18/10 2:02 PM

Anthony Campbell added 11 points. The Governors have lost four of their last five games which includes a 1-3 mark in the conference. APSU dropped two on the road, a 68-65 overtime loss at Morehead State on ESPNU (1/2) before losing to Eastern Kentucky, 76-71 (1/4). The Govs picked up their last OVC win at home against UT Martin, 90-72 (1/7). Channels (15.6 ppg) and Campbell (15.3 ppg) head the offense for the Governors with both players making all 18 starts this season. Both players currently sit in the sixth and seventh slot of the OVC's top-ten scorers this year. The duo accounts for more than 30 of the Govs' 72 points per game with the team shooting 45 percent from the field. The Tigers will face-off against Jacksonville State in league play with the head-to-head competition airing on ESPNU, on Thursday, Jan. 21. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. at the Pete Matthews Coliseum in Jacksonville, Ala.

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Tigers visit Morehead State, ESPNU to Televise Match-up - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:41 PM

Tigers visit Morehead State, ESPNU to Televise Match-up Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/28/2009

Tigers versus Morehead State on ESPN-U Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team will begin a conference two-game road game swing making their first stop in Morehead, Ky. to face the Eagles of Morehead State. The Tigers (6-13, 4-5 OVC) defeated the Eagles (11-10, 7-2 OVC) earlier this month (1/05/09) in the Gentry Center, 71-64. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Tigers' game at Morehead State will air on ESPNU

The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU with tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m. (CT). Fans can also tune in for the play-by-play on the Big Blue Sports Network (WVOL-1470 AM, WMRB-910 AM, WOJG-94.7 FM).

The Tigers will look to bounce back, coming off a 86-78 conference loss to Tennessee Tech last Saturday. Gerald Robinson, Jr. (17.8 ppg) and Jerrell Houston (13.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg) lead TSU in scoring and will look to repeat their performance from the season's previous meeting. Robinson scored a team-high 19 points and Houston chipped in 14 points in the win. The Eagles own the series, 26-23, and are on a two-game win streak winning five of their last seven games. Last Saturday, MOR picked up a 68-64 conference win against Eastern Kentucky and are currently ranked second in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. Four Eagles average in double-digits, Leon Buchanan (13.7 ppg), Kenneth Faried (12.6 ppg), Maze Stallworth (11.8 ppg) and Demonte Harper (11.0 ppg) lead a team that is 7-1 at the Ellis T. Johnson Arena. TSU will face Eastern Kentucky next in Richmond, Ky. on Saturday, January 31. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Tigers Visit Murray State for OVC Match-up - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:51 PM

Tigers Visit Murray State for OVC Match-up Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/07/2009

Tigers Resume Conference Play Against Murray State

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Nashville, Tenn. - In a rematch of last year's OVC Championship second round, the Tennessee State University men's basketball team will head to Murray, Ky. to face the Racers of Murray State. The game is scheduled for Thursday night, 7:30 p.m. inside the Regional Special Events Center.

The game will be broadcast on the Big Blue Sports Network (WVOL-1470 AM, WMRB-910 AM, WOJG-94.7 FM) and OVCSports.tv. The Tigers (5-9, 3-1 OVC) are on a two-game win streak and have won their last three conference games. Murray State leads the series, 36-15, with the Tigers winning the last two games, including an 83-75 upset in the second round of the 2008 OVC Championship. Gerald Robinson, Jr. (18.5 ppg) and Jerrell Houston (14.1 ppg) lead the Tigers in scoring. OVC Freshman of the Week, Parker Smith (8.4 ppg), is coming off back-to-back doubledigit games in which he scored a total of 41 points. Murray State (6-7, 1-2 OVC) are victims of a three-game skid but are 3-0 this season on home turf. The Racers are led by Preseason ALL-OVC Team member, Danero Thomas (11.5 ppg).

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Tigers Win in Exhibition Play Against Trevecca, 91-62 - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:46 PM

Tigers Win in Exhibition Play Against Trevecca, 91-62 Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 11/03/2009

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Newcomers Sain and Nobles 20-point Performance Leads TSU in Exihibition Win Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team jumped out to an early 27-9 lead and shot 55 percent (34-of-62) overall to defeat Trevecca Nazarene, 91-62, in exhibition play Tuesday night (11/3) at the Gentry Center. The Tigers received 20-point performances from newcomers, junior Josh Sain and freshman Jacquan Nobles to move to 8-0 against the Trojans in the overall series. Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics http://tigerpics.lifepics.com

Sain scored a game-high 21 points, connecting 8-of-14 from the floor, including 2-of-5 from three-point range. He also added four assists and three steals.

Nobles followed with 20 points, hitting 6-of-10 from the floor while connecting 4-of-6 from behind the arch. Both Sain and Nobles were perfect from the free-throw line with Sain going 3-of-3 and Nobles shooting 4-of-4. Freshman Robert Covington tallied a double-double with 11 points and a game high 11 rebounds. Jeremiah Crutcher shot 4-of-7 from the field for 11 points while Darius Cox and Tashan Fredrick each chipped in eight points apiece. The Tigers went on eight scoring runs of 10 or more points while shooting 71 percent from the charity stripe. Defensively, TSU racked up 11 steals while out rebounding TNU, 34-27. In the reserve, TSU's bench contributed 38 points in the effort. The Trojans were led by Michael France's 6-of-14 from the field for 15 points with Matthew Elliott and JP Nyadaro each scoring 13 points. The Trojans narrowed the Tigers' lead in the first half, 37-22, after scoring nine straight points with 5:08 remaining. However, Sain's eight points pushed the Tigers' momentum for the half time lead, 45-22. In the second half, TSU held their largest point margin of the night at the 6:14 mark, holding an 82-42 advantage. TNU's 15-3 run with less than four minutes remaining chipped away at the Tigers' gigantic lead but could not recover from the large deficit early in the game. TSU will open their regular season when they host top ranked Siena at the Gentry Center on Friday, Nov. 13th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Tigers' Buzzer-Beater Downs Gamecocks, 59 - 57 - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:46 PM

Tigers' Buzzer-Beater Downs Gamecocks, 59 - 57 Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/22/2009

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Jordan's Career High Carries Tigers over Jacksonville State Nashville, Tenn. - Gershom Jordan scored a career-high 21 points (10of-11) and Jerrell Houston tipped in a shot at the buzzer to help Tennessee State rally back to defeat Jacksonville State, 59-57, Thursday night inside the Gentry Center. With the conference win, TSU (6-12, 4-4 OVC) snaps a three-game losing streak. The Tigers shot 48 percent from the floor (22-of-46) scoring 34 points in the paint to overcome a nine-point deficit in the second half. Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics http://tigerpics.lifepics.com

Gershom Jordan goes up over two defenders for two of his career-high 21 points. Jordan shot 10-of-11 from the field to lead all scorers while pulling down a career-high eight rebounds.

Jerrell Houston added a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Gerald Robinson, Jr. finished with 16 points and five rebounds. The Tigers shot 12-of-25 including two-of-four from three-point range in the first half and held their largest lead of night, 30-17, with 1:51 remaining before the break. JSU scored five unanswered points to narrow the lead at halftime, 32-22.

Jordan led all scorers at the break with 13 points finishing with the game high. In the second half, the Gamecocks (8-9, 2-6 OVC) took advantage of a 29-10 run to lead at the 7:14 mark, 51-42. Brandon Crawford led JSU with 17 points and nine rebounds while Jeremy Bynum scored 12 points hauling in eight rebounds. TSU fought back and executed a 15-6 run capped by a Jordan lay-up tying the ball game at 57 with 1:07 remaining. On the Gamecocks next possession, a Crawford jumper rimmed in and out with :34 seconds remaining and Jordan gathered the rebound for TSU. Jordan also hauled in a career-high eight rebounds. With the game tied at 57 with :09 seconds left, Robinson drove to the basket finding Jordan underneath. Jordan missed his only shot of the night and Houston was in position for the Tigers' game-winner before the buzzer. The Tigers will host Tennessee Tech in OVC play, Saturday, Jan.24th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers' clutch shooting holds off Detroit Mercy in 70-69 win - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:17 PM

Tigers' clutch shooting holds off Detroit Mercy in 70-69 win Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 12/08/2009

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Sain, Peters, and Nash's Career High Help Tigers Conquer Titans Detroit, Mich. - The Tigers shot a season-high 56 percent from the floor as Tennessee State University snapped a four-game skid outlasting Detroit Mercy, 70-69, inside Calihan Hall Tuesday night (12/8). Josh Sain and Wil Peters scored career highs to help lead the Tigers' (28, 0-2) 44 percent shooting from behind the arc. Sain scored 17 of his game-high, 25 points (7-of-14), in the first half. He finished with six rebounds while connecting 8-of-9 from the free-throw line and 3-of-5 from three-point range. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Josh Sain scored a career and gamehigh, 25 points, to help lead the Tigers over Detroit Mercy, 70-69.

Peters went 6-of-8 shooting, 2-of-3 from the outside, scoring 15 points with three assists.

UDM (6-3, 2-0) finished with four players in double figures. Thomas Kennedy shot 6-of-11 to lead the Titans with 14 points. Simon Chase followed with 13 points (5-of-10) and six rebounds, with Donovan Foster scoring 11 points (5-of-8) and Xavier Keeling adding 10 points.

The Tigers shot 64 percent in the first half. After eight lead changes, the Tigers again stepped out in front courtesy of a Sain three-pointer to go ahead, 31-30, at the 4:59 mark. TSU outscored UDM, 7-4, to take the lead at the break, 38-34. In the second, TSU controlled the half holding the lead for over 15 minutes. The Tigers held their largest margin of the game at the 18-minute mark, 43-36. UDM used a 12-6 run with 8:25 remaining to swipe the lead away from the Tigers, 65-64, with 3:06 left. With less than two minutes to play, Sain hit four free throws to manage the lead twice. With 46 seconds left, Detroit's Simon Chase hit a mid-range jumper to put the Titans up, 69-68. However, Jeremiah Crutcher answered back, nailing an 18-footer, leaving 25 seconds on the clock. The Titans last attempts were held off by Hamilton Nash's block followed by a rebound on the put back to secure the Tigers' win. Crutcher shot 4-of-8 for nine points and dished out three assists. Nash finished with a career-high six points and three rebounds. The Frankenmuth, Mich. native went 2-of-4 from the floor, including a crucial baseline jumper in the closing minutes, also connecting 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. The Tigers will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 15, when they host Alabama A&M at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. TSU-70, UDM-69

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Tigers' Effort Cut Short in Loss to Southeast Missouri State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:19 PM

Tigers' Effort Cut Short in Loss to Southeast Missouri State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 12/06/2009

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers' losing streak extended to four with a 74-66 loss to Southeast Missouri State in OVC play Saturday night (12/5) at the Gentry Center. TSU (1-8, 0-2) dropped their second conference game of the season while shooting 38 percent from the floor. With the win, the Redhawks (36, 1-1) snap a 26-game OVC losing streak, the longest in the nation, connecting 50 percent of their field goals, including 43 percent from threepoint range. For the second straight night, Jeremiah Crutcher led TSU in scoring with a game-high 21 points. He ties a career high achieved on Thursday night (12/3) against Eastern Illinois. Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics http://tigerpics.lifepics.com

Robert Covington scored 18 points while hauling in a team high, eight boards. Wil Peters followed with 12 points, five rebounds, and a game-

high, five assists. TSU trailed the entire first half and were victims to the Redhawks' 31-17 lead at halftime. After the break, the Tigers surged on a 21-12 run to chop the lead, 43-38, with 12:02 remaining. With 5:24 on the clock, TSU moved within three, 57-54, from a Tashan Fredrick free throw. The effort would be the closest the Tigers would come within the Redhawks lead. SEMO outscored TSU, 17-12, in the closing minutes, connecting 3-of-3 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the free throw line to secure the win. SEMO was led offensively by Anthony Allison's 18 points (7-of-13 FG), hitting 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Sam Pearson connected all 12 of his free throws, including four in the final minutes, shooting 2-of-5 for 16 points while adding eight rebounds. Marland Smith followed with 14 points. TSU will head to Detroit, Mich. To face Detroit Mercy on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in a return game of last year's ESPN Bracket Busters. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. TSU-66, SEMO-74

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Tigers' hot first half ends cold streak against UT Martin - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:05 PM

Tigers' hot first half ends cold streak against UT Martin Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/09/2010

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The Tennessee State University men's basketball team opened a double digit lead in the first half and held it throughout the game, defeating UT Martin, 73-59, inside the Gentry Center on McDonald's Kids Night, Saturday evening (1/9). TSU (4-13, 1-5 OVC) tacks on their first OVC win, snapping a fivegame losing streak and a seven-game skid to the Skyhawks. The win gives TSU their first against UTM since 2006. Offensively, they shot 38 percent overall, 36 percent from long range, while topping the boards from one of the league's better rebounding teams, 42-38. Wil Peters scored a team best, 16 points, to go with a career and gamehigh, nine rebounds. Josh Sain added 15 points hitting 5-of-6 from the charity stripe and Robert Covington registered 14 points from 6-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Jeremiah Crutcher finished with a game-high seven assists and a career-high six rebounds.

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Defensively, the Tigers managed 12 steals and four blocks with Lonnie Funderburke and Hamilton Nash each delivering two apiece. The two-block performance is the first for both players. The Tigers shot 48 percent from the floor in the first with Covington scoring all of his 14 points in the half. With the scored tied 16-16, TSU mastered a 24-8 run at the 11:34 mark, sparked by a three-point basket by Martell Buie in the right corner. Buie tied a career-high scoring eight points from 3-of-4 shooting to lead the reserves who chipped in 14 total points. The surge put the Tigers out in front at the half, 40-24. TSU held their largest lead in the second with 15:21 on the clock, 53-28, courtesy of a 13-4 run to open the half. With the score, 58-33 (10:09), in favor of TSU, the Skyhawks answered, turning up the tempo and posting 15 unanswered points, to narrow the gap, 58-48 (5:04). The Tigers shot 13-of-15 from the free-throw line down the stretch and 83 percent overall, to finish outscoring UTM, 15-11, for the final score. UTM (2-12, 0-5 OVC) drops their third straight and was led in scoring by Ron Spencer and Reuben Clayton. Spencer scored 16 points and eight rebounds, hitting 5-of-6 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free-throw line. Clayton finished with 14 points and four rebounds. The Skyhawks hit 39 percent from the floor and 26 percent from three-point range. The Tigers will return to action when they head to Carver-Hawkeye Arena to face Iowa. The match-up will be one-of-two remaining for the Tigers' non-conference games. Tip-off is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in Iowa City, Iowa. TSU-73, UTM-59

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Tigers' Last Second Turnover Costly in 75-71 Loss to Murray State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:50 PM

Tigers' Last Second Turnover Costly in 75-71 Loss to Murray State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/08/2009

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Tigers Victim to Last-Second Technical Foul Murray, Ky. - A turnover, followed by a technical foul in the last seconds, killed the Tigers chance for overtime, falling to Murray State, 75-71, Thursday night at the Regional Special Events Center. The loss snaps a two-game win streak as TSU (5-10, 3-2 OVC) shot 52 percent from the field including 38 percent from three point range.

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Jerrell Houston posted his second straight double-double scoring a game-high 18 points (6-of-8) and 12 rebounds while shooting a perfect six-of-six from the free-throw line. Gerald Robinson, Jr. and Parker Smith each added 16 points.

The Tigers shot 50 percent from the floor and 60 percent from three-point range in the first half holding their largest lead in the game, 20-13 (10:27). After tying the game, 23-23, with 4:41 remaining in the half, Murray State (7-7, 2-2 OVC) went on a 12-8 run to take the lead at the break, 35-31. MSU shot 44 percent in half and 48 percent in the game. The Racers were led by Issac Miles and Ivan Aska with 17 points apiece. Danero Thomas scored 14 points with five rebounds. There were five lead changes and six ties in the last half. With the game knotted up, 56-56 (7:30), a 9-2 Racer run opened up their largest lead, 65-58, with 4:03 remaining. TSU rallied, closing the gap, 72-71, behind a Robinson three-point play with :29 seconds left. With no timeouts remaining, the Tigers fouled quickly and Miles hit one-of-two free throws to make it a 73-71 game. On the ensuing play, the Tigers turned the ball over and committed another foul. Miles connected another free throw with :04 seconds left. On the inbound, TSU was charged a technical foul as a result of calling timeout with none remaining. Another Racer free throw sealed the win. Next up, TSU will continue conference play when they head to UT Martin (1/10). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers' Next Stop, Lexington, for Kentucky Match-up - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:55 PM

Tigers' Next Stop, Lexington, for Kentucky Match-up Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 12/20/2008

Tigers Look to Snap Two-Game Skid Against Kentucky Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers will try to put together some missing pieces and focus on starting their next game the way they finished their last. The Tigers will head to Lexington, Ky. to match-up against the University of Kentucky Wildcats. The game is scheduled for Monday, December 22nd, at 6:00 p.m inside Rupp Arena. The game will be televised on the Fox Sports Network (FSN - check local cable listings for station) and the radio broadcast will be aired on the Big Blue Network (WVOL 1470 AM - Nashville, WMRB 910 AM - Columbia, WOJG 94.7 FM - Jackson). The Tigers (3-6) face their second SEC opponent and fifth straight road game, winning one out of the last four. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Gerald Robinson scored 15 points in the Tigers' loss to Alabama and leads the team averaging 19 points and four assists per game. The Wildcats (8-3) are on a three-game win streak defeating Mississippi Valley State, Indiana and Appalachin State. Jodie Meeks leads the Wildcats with 24.1 points per game shooting 46 percent from the field. The last time the teams met (12/30/02), Kentucky defeated the Tigers 115-87 adding to their series lead, 3-0. The Tigers are 1-4 on the road with three of the losses coming in the month of December. The Tigers will continue their December road swing when they visit Marshall (12/28) and Georgia Tech (12/30).

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Tigers' noble effort not enough in loss to Morehead State - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:07 PM

Tigers' noble effort not enough in loss to Morehead State Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/04/2010

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Nobles scores 20 in Loss Morehead, Ky. - The Tigers shot 60 percent in the second half but Morehead State was able to hit crucial free throws in the final seconds to hold off Tennessee State University, 72-66, Monday night (1/4) at the Johnson Arena. TSU (3-12, 0-4) shot 23-of-48 from the field for 48 percent and posted a season-high, 56 percent, from three-point range. They finished with 10 steals while losing the battle on the boards, 40-23.

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Jacquan Noble finished with a team and game-high, 20 points off the bench

Jacquan Nobles finished with a team and game-high, 20 points off the bench, shooting 7-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-6 from behind the arc. The freshman led the reserve corp that accounted for 31 points. Josh Sain, the OVC Newcomer of the Week, followed with 17 points from 5-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-11 from the free-throw line. Sain also gathered a team best, eight rebounds. Jeremiah Crutcher went scoreless but dished out a team-high seven assists.

TSU shot 48 percent in the first half and 50 percent from long range while holding their largest lead of the night, 25-17 (5:51). The Tigers led for the majority of the half until the two-minute mark. With 4:03 remaining, the Eagles used an 11-0 run to close the half and take the lead at the break, 31-27. In the second, the Tigers outscored MSU, 26-20, to regain the advantage, 53-51. Morehead used an 11-8 run to recapture the lead, 62-61. Robert Covington and Nobles were able to connect a pair of three-point baskets, but MSU hit 7-of-8 down the stretch from the free-throw line to defend the Tigers' comeback effort. Morehead (8-6, 3-1) shot 45 percent from the floor with three players scoring in double figures. Les Simmons went 4-of-5 from the floor, including 5-of-5 from the free-throw line for 13 points. Terrance Hill and Maze Stallworth scored 12 apiece with Kenneth Faried pulling in a game-high 12 rebounds. Next, the Tigers will return to action at home in the Gentry Center on Jan. 7, when they face Murray State in OVC play. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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Tigers' Rally Cut Short by Tech's Late Run - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:44 PM

Tigers' Rally Cut Short by Tech's Late Run Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/24/2009

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Robinson Scores 21 points in Loss to Tech Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers clawed within three points down the stretch but fell victim to Tennessee Tech's 15-10 run in the final minutes, falling in conference play to the Golden Eagles, 86-78, at the Gentry Center Saturday night. TSU's bench was outscored by Tech's reserves 36-14, and from the floor, TTU shot 56 percent while the Tigers hit 44 percent from the field.

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Gerald Robinson, Jr. drives against two Tennessee Tech defenders. Robinson led the Tigers in scoring with 21 points in the loss.

Gerald Robinson, Jr. led the Tigers with 21 points (8-of-17) while handing out eight assists. Parker Smith scored 19 points hitting 6-of-11 from the floor including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. Jerrell Houston added 14 points and eight rebounds. It was a closely fought game in the first half . TSU (6-13, 4-5 OVC) trailed from the 13:46 mark in the first but tied it at 20 apiece with 7:37 remaining in the first. TTU's (10-9, 4-5) 17-14 run gave them the lead at the half, 37-34.

Alex Davis scored 21 points points for the Golden Eagles. Daniel Northern added 16 points (6-of-9) with five rebounds and Frank Davis tacked on 11 points. TSU trailed 64-54 with 7:13 left in the game but rallied with a 14-7 run capped by a Smith three pointer closing the gap 71-68 (2:46). The Golden Eagles responded hitting 3-of-3 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe to hold of the Tigers' comeback. Next, the Tigers will hit the road for a conference two-game road swing making their first stop at Morehead State (1/29) before facing Eastern Kentucky (1/31).

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Tigers' road woes continue at Tennessee Tech - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 1:58 PM

Tigers' road woes continue at Tennessee Tech Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 01/23/2010

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Cookeville, Tenn - After a low scoring first half, the Tennessee State University Tigers could not finish their comeback, losing to Tennessee Tech, 61-56, at the Eblen Center on Saturday night (1/23). TSU (4-17, 1-8 OVC) dropped their fourth straight and third consecutive OVC game, shooting a season low, 32 percent from the floor. Jacquan Nobles scored a team high, 16 points, connecting 5-of-10 from the floor. Wil Peters scored 12 points (3-of-7) going 2-of-2 from threepoint range and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. Robert Covington pulled in a game-high, 11 rebounds, a career best, to go with nine points. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

The Tigers held their largest lead of the night early in the first half, 11-4, (15:13). TTU scored eight unanswered points to take the lead, 12-11, before the half experienced a deadlock, 19-19, score.

TSU used a 7-0 run after both teams suffered a three-minute drought to take the lead 26-19. The Golden Eagles answered using a 7-1 run, but, TSU nursed the slight lead, 27-26, at the break. In the second, TTU opened up the half outscoring the Tigers, 17-9, to post the largest lead of the night, 4736 (9:50). In reply, baskets by Nobles, Covington, Peters and Darius Cox mastered a TSU 12-0 run to take the lead, 51-50. With 3:05 left to play, TTU sealed the game using an 11-5 run, connecting 4-of-4 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line. TTU (10-10, 4-5 OVC) finished with three players in double figures while shooting 48 percent from the floor. Kevin Murphy posted a game-high 18 points (8-of-13) with five rebounds. Alfred Jones (5-of-5) and Jud Dillard (5-of-6) registered 11 points each with Jones pulling in a team-high seven boards. Next, the Tigers will finally return home when they face Morehead State on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tenn. State/Tenn. Tech Box

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Tigers' Road Woes Continue with 102-58 Loss to Kentucky - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:55 PM

Tigers' Road Woes Continue with 102-58 Loss to Kentucky Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 12/22/2008

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Robinson Scores 25 in Loss at Kentucky Lexington, Ky. - The Tigers went scoreless in the first six minutes and trailed Kentucky from the start, dropping their third straight, 102-58. Shooting troubles played a factor with the Tigers (3-7) hitting 19-of-59 for 32 percent from the floor including 27 percent in the first half.

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Gerald Robinson, Jr. maneuvers for two of his 25 points at Kentucky

Kentucky (9-3) out-rebounded the Tigers 49-27, and scored on 29 second-chance points. Tennessee State missed seven shots in the early minutes allowing Kentucky to open up a 15-point lead. Gershom Jordan's six straight points finally put the Tigers on the board with Kentucky still holding the advantage, 20-6.

Jordan scored a career-high 10 points hauling in seven boards. Gerald Robinson, Jr. scored 25 points to lead TSU, shooting 7-of-16 including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Jerrell Houston added 10 points. The WIldcats shot 64 percent in the first, finishing with 57 percent in the game. Kentucky fueled their lead scoring 28 points from TSU turnovers with an additional 56 points in the paint. The Wildcats led at the break, 59-24. Kentucky's Patrick Patterson finished with a game-high 33 points with 11 rebounds. Jodie Meeks complimented with 32 points shooting 10-of-19 including 8-of-15 from behind the arc. In the second-half, the Tigers found a rhythm while improving their shot selection, hitting 40 percent from the field. Robinson scored 15 points in the second but Kentucky jumped on several double-digit runs to strengthen their lead. The Tigers will finish up 2008 on the road against Marshall (12/28) and Georgia Tech (12/30).

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Tigers' Second-Half Scoring DeClaws Golden Bears, 109-92 - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:04 PM

Tigers' Second-Half Scoring DeClaws Golden Bears, 109-92 Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 11/25/2008

Robinson, Jr. Scores Career-High 36 points in Win TSU vs. Miles Box Score

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers (2-2) scored 62 points in the second half to defeat the Golden Bears of Miles College (02), 109-92, Monday night at the Gentry Center. The Tigers shot a season high 58 percent from the field with five players scoring in double digits to win their second straight. Gerald Robinson, Jr. led all scorers tallying career highs, 36 points and eight assists. This is Robinson's second 30-plus performance on the season. Darius Cox came on late in the Gerald Robinson, Jr. tallied career highs with 36 points and eight second half finishing with 16 points and six rebounds. assists. Stephen Evans added 10 points and hauled in eight rebounds. Jeremiah Crutcher and Emmanuel Gaiter scored 15 points each to lead the bench scoring. The Tiger reserves totaled 41 points. Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics http://tigerpics.lifepics.com

In a close first half, both teams exchanged the lead five times. The Tigers trailed by seven early (14:04) but took a 10-point lead , 29-19, with 9:14 left in the half. Flawaan Flaggs helped Miles' close the gap scoring 19 points off the bench. Flaggs led the Golden Bears with 26 points. At the break, the Tigers led 47-45 while shooting 56 percent from threepoint range. The Tigers dominated the inside scoring 56 points in the paint, 38 in the second half, while pulling in 45 boards. In the second half, the Tigers' moved the ball around and outscored the Golden Bears.TSU went on an early 16-0 run holding Miles scoreless for five minutes. The Tigers then jumped on runs of 6-0 (9:25) and 8-0 with 8:23 remaining. The Tigers extended their lead to 28 points with 7:59 left. TSU shot 69 percent from the floor in the half and capitalized on Miles' turnovers scoring 22 points. The Tigers will host the Belmont University Bruins on Monday, December 1st at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Tigers' Second-Half Surge Cut Short in Loss to Marshall - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:54 PM

Tigers' Second-Half Surge Cut Short in Loss to Marshall Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 12/28/2008

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Free-Throw Shooting Hurt Tigers in Loss Huntington, W. Va. - Down by 42-21 at halftime, the Tigers (3-8) clawed to within four points in the second half (60-66), but were plagued by missed free throws, falling to Marshall (7-5), 74-60, inside Cam Henderson Arena. Poor free-throw shooting proved to be the Achilles heel as the Tigers shot 38 percent (8-of-21) from the charity stripe. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Gerald Robinson drive for two of game-high 21 points against Marshall

Gerald Robinson, Jr. scored a game-high 21 points with five rebounds, four assists and five steals. Jerrell Houston complemented with 14 points (6-of-8) and Darius Cox tallied nine points, seven boards and two blocks.

The Thundering Herd jumped out to a 16-3 lead with 14:36 remaining in the first. Houston scored six points in two minutes to help narrow the gap, 31-16. The Tigers shot 32 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 42-21 at the break. The Tigers opened the second half with a 21-7 run, including six unanswered points in the first four minutes, closing the Thundering Herd lead, 49-44 at the 10:30 mark. With 8:54 remaining, Robinson hit a 3-pointer to close the lead, 51-47. Marshall answered with seven straight points and opened double-digit leads at the 7:18 and 5:50 mark. The Tigers regained momentum when Parker Smith hit a 3-pointer to spark a TSU 10-5 run, narrowing the gap, 66-60, with 2:14 remaining. Smith finished with 10 points off the bench, hitting 4-of-9 from the floor. The Tigers held Marshall to 33 percent shooting while hitting 57 percent from the floor in the half. Marshall's free throw shooting was near perfect, hitting 96 percent (24-of-25). The Thundering Herd was led by Tirrell Baines' 18 points and six boards. Down the stretch the Tigers had to foul for a chance to pull out the win, but Marshall's strong free-throw shooting sealed the win. TSU will close out 2008 against Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The game is scheduled for Dec. 30th. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

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Tigers' Slow Start Costly, Drop Season Finale to Murray, 24-17 - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 12:44 PM

Tigers' Slow Start Costly, Drop Season Finale to Murray, 24-17 Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 11/22/2008

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Dante Hall (32) rushes behind Enoch Hill (80) for a short gain. Hall finished with 21 carries for 53 yards.

Murray, Ky. - The Tigers could not rebound from a sluggish first half, dropping their final game of the season to conference opponent Murray State (5-7, 4-4), 24-17. TSU finishes the season 8-4 overall and 5-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The record is the best finish under head coach James Webster and the Tigers first eight-win season since 2001. The Tigers closed out the first half with 79 total yards on 22 plays trailing the Racers 17-7. MSU put points on the board first with a 28-yard field goal and a 9-yard touchdown pass,

their first since October. The Tigers cut the lead when Antonio Heffner connected with JaJuan Spillman on a 15yard touchdown pass to shrink the defecit, 10-7. The score capped an eight play, 49-yard drive with 5:16 remaining in the half. Heffner did not start due to injury, but entered the game in critical situations, reviving the offense on key possessions. Heffner finished 10-of-17 for 112 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Spillman hauled in 11 catches (86 yards) including one for a score. He also rushed for 34 yards on five carries. Chris Johnson led all receivers with seven catches for 110 yards. Two drives later, a TSU muffled punt put the Racers deep in Tiger territory with :54 seconds remaining in the half. MSU increased the lead going into the break with another 9-yard touchdown pass, 17-7. The Tigers opened the first half driving 66 yards on 11 plays for a score (5:24) when Dominic Grooms completed a touchdown pass to Brandon Belvin. Grooms, making his second start of the season, threw 11-of-16 for 98 yards and one score, throwing one interception. The Racers answered back with a 30-yard touchdown pass before Eric Benson hit a 22-yard field goal with 4:05 remaining in the third, closing the Racers' lead, 24-17. The Tiger defense caused two turnovers late in the fourth quarter and held the Racers offense to give TSU another opportunity to tie the ball game with 1:32 remaining. Larry Williford led the Tigers with nine tackles (7 solo) including four for a loss and one forced fumble. http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&SPSID=92681&ATCLID=3621515&SPID=11267&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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Tigers' Slow Start Costly, Drop Season Finale to Murray, 24-17 - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 12:44 PM

fumble. Heffner connected with Johnson on a fourth-down play before rushing 16 yards to the Racers' five yard line. With 10 seconds left in the game, the Tigers' chance of sending the game into overtime failed when both passes in the end zone fell incomplete.

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Tigers' Slow Start Ends in 69-60 Loss to Belmont - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:24 PM

Tigers' Slow Start Ends in 69-60 Loss to Belmont Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 11/30/2009

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Nashville, Tenn. - Despite an icy start and a gallant effort, Tennessee State University could not emerge after suffering an early deficit in the first six minutes. The Tigers dropped their second straight, with a loss to Belmont, 60-69, at the Curb Event Center Monday night (11/30) in Nashville, Tenn. Martell Buie led TSU in scoring with a career-high eight points, shooting 2-of-4 from the floor, all from behind the arc, and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. Josh Sain, Jeremiah Crutcher, and Lonnie Funderburke each scored seven points. Funderburke hauled in a team-high six rebounds with Wil Peters posting a game-high, four steals, to go along with six points. Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics http://tigerpics.lifepics.com

Jacquan Nobles drives to the basket in TSU's loss to Belmont

The Tigers (1-6) were unable to capitalize on spotty shooting from the Bruins. Belmont shot 48 percent from the free-throw line and 49 percent overall.

TSU shot 32 percent from the floor, 79 percent from the charity stripe, but, improved the defensive effort recording 14 steals to Belmont's eight. In the paint, TSU scored 24 points, including 22 second-chance points, but lost the battle of the boards, 4241. The Bruins (4-2) uncharacteristically struggled from behind the arc, shooting 25 percent, however, used clutch inside shooting scoring 38 points in the middle. The Tigers' bench outscored Belmont's reserves, 33-26, but could not take the lead after several surges. In the first half, TSU trailed 15-0 to open the game. Coming out of a timeout, the Tigers regrouped and powered an 11-0 run to come within four, 15-11. TSU battled under a Bruin 17-15 run holding Belmont to 10 percent shooting from long range to narrow the lead at the break, 32-27. After the break, TSU would only come close to seven points of the lead (40-33) after four minutes of play. Belmont opened up for their second largest of the night, leading by 14 with 5:12 remaining. TSU's attempts to chip away at the lead fell short after going over the foul limit. Belmont was able to seal the win at the foul line hitting free throws in six opportunities under a minute left in the game. Belmont's Kerron Johnson scored a game-high 14 points and five assists. Scott Saunders scored 13 points and Jon House posted 11 points and seven rebounds. Despite being held under his season average, Mick Hedgepeth hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds with eight points. Next, the Tigers will open OVC play when they host Eastern Illinois at the Gentry Center on Thursday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. TSU 60, BEL-69

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Tigers' Streak Ends in OVC First Round - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:03 PM

Tigers' Streak Ends in OVC First Round Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 03/03/2009

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Robinson, Jr. Scores Career 1, 000th point in Loss Murray, Ky. – The Tennessee State University men's basketball team's six-game win streak and run for the OVC Championship came to an end with a heartbreaking defeat to Murray State, 88-74, at the Regional Special Event Center. Gerald Robinson, Jr. eclipsed his career 1, 000th point with a game-high 26 points. Emanuel Gaiter scored 14 points, Jerrell Houston added 13, and Darius Cox chipped in 10.

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The Tigers (12-18, 9-9 OVC) trailed by 11 in the first half before narrowing the lead at the half, 38-45. Robinson opened the Tiger assault with two three-point shots leading TSU with 11 points at the break.

The Racers (13-16) had six players in double figures. Ivan Aska led with 17 points. Issac Miles tallied 15 points including two three-point shots in the last minutes. Tony Easley had 12 points, Jason McClain 10, and Danero Thomas chipped in 12. TSU came within three points with less than four minutes remaining but could not bounce back due to MSU free throw shooting.

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TSU Basketball Begins Season with Big Blue Madness - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 2:47 PM

TSU Basketball Begins Season with Big Blue Madness Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 10/30/2009

Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University fans can come help jump start the 2009-10 basketball season with Big Blue Madness. The event is scheduled for Monday, November 2, with start time slated for 7 p.m inside the Gentry Center.

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Big Blue Madness, hosted by the TSU Student Union Board of Governors, will feature the Tigers and Lady Tigers basketball teams with brief introductions of the team players. Each team will play a 20minute half with the Lady Tigers' tipping off at 7:20 p.m. followed by the Tigers' scrimmage starting at 8:10 p.m.

In addition, the Battle of the Residence Halls will take place between games with more than ten dance teams scheduled to perform. Also performing, will be the TSU Tiger Gems while fans can receive promotional giveaways courtesy of the Taco Bell Challenge. The Tigers will play an exihibition game the following night versus Trevecca Nazarene (11/3) before opening the regular season against top ranked Siena (11/13). Both games will take place at the Gentry Center at 7:00 p.m. The Lady Tigers will take on Bluefield College in exhibition play and will host two regular season home games in November. The Lady Tigers will welcome Cumberland (11/25) and Lipscomb (11/28) at the Gentry Center with both match-ups slated for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.

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TSU Basketball score lord featured on MSG ProFiles - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 1:42 PM

TSU Basketball score lord featured on MSG ProFiles Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 04/29/2010

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TSU Basketball's all-time leading scorer, Dr. Dick "Skull" Barnett was recently highlighted on MSG ProFiles. Barnett, a TSU Hall-of-Famer, is featured in a video produced by Madison Square Garden, Inc. (MSG) and the NBA's New York Knicks. As a collegian, Barnett led Tennessee A&I State to three consecutive NAIA Titles (1956-57, 57-58 and 5859). His trademark "Fall-back" jumper propelled him to stardom and had his jersey retired at both Tennessee State and in Madison Square Garden with the Knicks. His number 35 jersey is presently the only jersey retired at Tennessee State University.

Barnett launches his patent fall-back jumper in the 1975 NBA Finals over NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlin.

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TSU Formally Welcomes John Cooper - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 3:01 PM

TSU Formally Welcomes John Cooper Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 03/30/2009

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Cooper Aims to Involve Basketball Program in the Community Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee State University President Dr. Melvin N. Johnson, Athletic Director Teresa Phillips, with administrators, players, and a host of TSU alumni were on hand to welcome and announce the hiring of newly appointed men's basketball head coach John A. Cooper at a press conference this afternoon. Coach Cooper becomes the 13th men's basketball head coach in the program's history. He joins the staff after serving as an associate head coach at Auburn University (2004-2009). With over 15 years of coaching experience and accompanied by his family, Coach Cooper emphasized the importance of restablishing the program's involvement in the community.

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"Among all the schools in Nashville; Belmont, Lipscomb, and Vanderbilt, as a state institution, Tennessee State is the people's university," Coach Cooper addressed. "We will be community oriented. In order to have the community involved, you have to involve yourself with the community." In addition to promoting TSU as an intricate vehicle in the community, Cooper touched briefly on style of play but added that he was thankful to the former coaching staff for recruiting a talented bunch of individuals. He also indicated that he was aware of the rich history involving TSU basketball and highlighted a goal in capturing the first 20-win season in 30 years. "Tennessee State University was a program that I followed for a while now. This program is a diamond in the rough," Cooper explained. "To succeed, you have to have a plan, and part of the plan is having a culture." TSU Athletic Director, Teresa Phillips commented earlier on Cooper's ability. "John Cooper's vision for the TSU program is outstanding. His background shows that he has learned from great coaches and that he will be a great mentor and steward for our young athletes." Related Articles -

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Women's Golf Places Fifth at SSU Tiger Invitational - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 7:25 PM

Women's Golf Places Fifth at SSU Tiger Invitational Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 11/11/2009

Savannah, Ga. --- The Tennessee State University women's golf team finished in fifth place after two rounds of the Savannah State University Tiger Invitational. As a team, Tennessee State shot a 365 in round one before registering a score of 352 in the second round. TSU shot its best score this season and is continuing to improve. The Tigers had three players to finish in the top 20 led by Jamie Pierce with a 24-over par 166 and a 13 th place finish. She carded an 87 in the opening round before turning in a 79 in round two.

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Marie Black and Mya Billingsley tied for 18 th place and carded a 41-over 183. Black shot rounds of 96 and 87 while Billingsley registered a 91 and 92.

Katelyn Dingeman just missed the top 20 with a 21 st place finish and a 43-over 185 (91-94). Jatoia Potts rounded out the scorers for TSU with a score of 250 (123-127). The top two teams, Hampton University and Bethune-Cookman University each finished the six field tournament with a total of 626. Hampton carded rounds of 314 and 312 while Bethune-Cookman tallied a 315 in round one and a 311 in the conclusion. South Carolina State finished third (322-337-659). SSU Invitational Final Results

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Women's Golf prepares for Samford Women's Intercollegiate - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 7:24 PM

Women's Golf prepares for Samford Women's Intercollegiate Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 03/13/2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University women's golf team will travel to Oneonta, Ala. to participate in the Samford Women's Intercollegiate, March 15-16. The 54-hole competition will be held Monday and Tuesday and is slated to begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at Limestone Springs, a highlyacclaimed 6,457-yard, par-72 golf course. Practice round is scheduled for Sunday, March 14. The tournament, hosted by Samford University, will feature 11 teams, including OVC opponents Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech.

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Other participants include Belmont, Evansville, Louisiana-Monroe, Montevallo, South Alabama, UAB, and Western Kentucky. As a four-player team, TSU is shooting a combined 89-over-par while managing a team average of 376.3 with six finishes in the top 10.

The Tigers open the spring season after placing fifth out of a pool of six teams in the SSU Tiger Fall Invitational hosted by Savannah State on Nov. 9-10. TSU shot 149-over-par posting a team score of 717 with Jamie Pierce notching a team best 24-over-par shooting a total of 166. Pierce shot the two-round, par 71, competition at 87 and 79. She currently holds the teams' best average at 82.2 from nine rounds played just posting 10 strokes over. During the fall season, she placed in the top five twice in five events played. The teams are scheduled to complete the opening two rounds of 36 holes on day one and then will play the final 18 holes on the final day. Competition is slated to begin Monday at 8:30 a.m. Up next, TSU Golf will head to Huntsville, Ala. to play in the Alabama A&M Spring Classic from March 28-30.

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Women's Golf rounds out team scoring at Samford Women's Intercollegiate - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 7:24 PM

Women's Golf rounds out team scoring at Samford Women's Intercollegiate Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 03/16/2010

Samford Women's Intercollegiate - Final Individual Results PDF

Samford Women's Intercollegiate - Final Team Results PDF

Oneonta, Ala. - After shooting the first two rounds at 390 and 408 on Monday (3/15), the Tennessee State University women's golf team could not recover in the final round on Tuesday afternoon finishing 10 th overall at the Samford Women's Intercollegiate. The Tigers shot 382, 95 strokes over par, in the last round completing the Limestone Springs, 6, 457-yard, par-72 course with a final score of 1180. TSU finished 119 strokes over par while collecting five birdies to spotlight the effort. Around the course, the team finished with an average of 4.23 (par 3), 5.67 (par 4) and 6.8 (par 5) while successfully making par on 45 holes. Courtesy: Dave Winder

Jamie Pierce led the Tigers in the individual standings finishing in the top 50 with rounds of 85, 86, and 85. Pierce posted a final stroke count of

256 shooting 40-over par. Marie Black (52), Mya Billingsley (54), and Katelyn Dingeman (55) placed back-to-back in the individual standings to finish out the team's scoring. OVC opponents Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech finished ahead of the TSU. Jacksonville State captured the competition shooting rounds of 306, 303, and 295, for an overalll score of 904 (40-over-par). Tennessee Tech finished sixth with a score of 946 shooting 82-over-par. TSU Golf will continue play when the men and women's squads compete in the Alabama A&M Spring Classic. The event is scheduled for March 28-30 at the Goose Pond Colony Plantation Golf Course in Scottsboro, Ala.

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Women's Golf finishes eighth at OVC Championship - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 7:21 PM

Women's Golf finishes eighth at OVC Championship Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 04/24/2010

Final Results 2010 OVC Women's Golf Championship (PDF)

Dickson, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University women's golf team closed out the Ohio Valley Conference Golf Championship in eighth place early Saturday morning. The Tigers finished with rounds of 374, 393, and 190 for a total score of 957 (237-over-par). The championship was cut short to 45 holes played on the par-72 course due to inclement weather. The first nine holes of the final round were played on day two of the competition as a result of the projected severe weather that cut the final day of the championship.

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Jamie Pierce concluded the tournament in 35th place for TSU's best showing.

Murray State captured the team title shooting 27-over-par for a final score of 747 (306, 298, 143) and Austin Peay State's Chelsea Harris finished even with scores of 71, 74, and 35 (180) to win the individual title. Jamie Pierce concluded the tournament in 35 th place for TSU's best showing. Pierce shot 87, 87, and 41 to finish 35 over at 215.

Katelyn Dingeman (37), Marie Black (38), Mya Billingsley (39), and Jatoia Potts (40) placed back-to-back rounding out the team scoring for TSU. TSU women's golf will close out the season at the PGA National Minority Championship from May 6 - 9 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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Women's Golf prepares for OVC Championship - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 7:19 PM

Women's Golf prepares for OVC Championship Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 04/20/2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University women's golf team will compete in the Ohio Valley Conference 2010 Women's Golf Championship in Dickson, Tenn. at the Greystone Golf Course. The championship is hosted by Austin Peay State with practice rounds beginning on Wednesday, April 21 st . The championship consists of three rounds over a three-day span with round one set to begin on April 22 nd . The third and final round is slated for Saturday (4/24) and will close with the team trophy presentation. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

The Tigers' practice round is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. and tee off time for the first round is 8:30 a.m.

TSU will look to better their sixth place finish at last year's championship. The team is coming off an idle week after finishing fourth out of seven teams at the Huntingdon Hawk Invitational (4/12-13). Overall, Tennessee State shot a 716 (359- 357). Jamie Pierce led all TSU scorers and earned a fourth place finish after carding scores of 80 and 81 in the first and second rounds. She finished with a 17-over-par 161 and recorded two birdies and the only eagle of the tournament. Pierce, on the season, powers the Tigers, finishing in the top 20 on five occasions in eight tournaments played this year. She has finished in the top ten four times which includes three finishes in the top five. Pierce currently holds a team best 82.4 stroke average. Marie Black and Mya Billingsley are the only returners that participated in last year's championship. Black posted the best performance for TSU finishing 35 th overall. Black is second on the team with a 93.8 stroke average while registering two finishes in the top ten this season. Billingsley follows with a stroke average of 100.3 and has also recorded two finishes in the top ten this year. Billingsley finished 39 th in last year's conference championship. Katelyn Dingeman (102.9), Jatoia Potts (116.6) and Shatara Williams (130.5) round out the team averages with TSU currently shooting a combined 368.8 team average. The women's golf team will compete in the PGA National Minority Golf Championship from May 6-9 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Greystone Golf Course opened in 1998 and is a par 72 while ranging from 4, 919 - 6, 858 in yardage. It has served as home of the 2002 PGA Tour First Round Qualifying, Men's and Women's Tennessee State Opens 1999 through 2003, the 2000 PGA Tour First Round Qualifying and the Monday Qualifying for the BellSouth Senior PGA Tour event. Directions From Nashville: I-40 West to Highway 96 (exit #182) - Take Highway 96 west to Dickson (10 miles) - Right on Highway 70 - GreyStone is 700 feet ahead on the left. Last year's championship results

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23rd PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship to air on Golf Channel - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:49 PM

23rd PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship to air on Golf Channel Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 07/09/2009

Nashville, Tenn. - The 23rd PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship will air on the Golf Channel July 9th, 10th and 20th. Tennessee State University men's golf team captured the title in thrilling fashion coming back from ten strokes down in the final round to capture the Division I men's title.The title is the Tigers' second in four years.

Fans are encouraged to tune-in to the 23rd PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship highlight show on Golf Channel on the below days and times:

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July 9, Thurs. 7:30 p.m. ET July 10, Fri. 3:00 a.m. ET July 20, Mon. 2:00 p.m. ET

Related articles: Tiger Golfers Rally to Win PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Title

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Men and Women's Golf Release 2009 Fall Schedule - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:48 PM

Men and Women's Golf Release 2009 Fall Schedule Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 08/24/2009

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men and women golf teams released their 2009 fall schedule. The men will participate in five tournaments before the winter break with the women competing in four. The defending PGA Men's Minority Collegiate National Champions return five-of-six players from last year's team and are led by senior Chris Seibel. Seibel finished with a team best 75.1 average while finishing seventh in the individual standings at the 2009 OVC Championships. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

The squad adds freshman Cameron Scitern from Rockdale, Texas who was the 2009 District 24AAA Champion and helped his team win the Red River Challenge Cup in 2008. He also helped team USA win at the International Junior Golf Invitational in Mexico.

On the women's side, sophomores Mya Billingsley, Marie Black, and Jamie Pierce return after losing three players form last year's team. Black finished second on the team 93.4 average leading the Tigers at the 2008 OVC Championship placing 35th overall in the individual standings. The team will reload with newcomers freshman Jatoia Potts and senior Katelyn Dingeman. Both teams will open the season when they compete in the Alabama State Fall Classic at Lagoon Park in Montgomery, Ala. on September 13-15. The men's team will participate in several tournaments before rejoining the women's squad at Austin Peay State's F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate on October 18-20 in Clarksville, Tenn. From September 25-27, the men's squad will head to the Atlanta, Ga. during the Atlanta Football Classic weekend to participate in the Black College Invitational Golf Tournament at the Browns Mill Golf Course hosted by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. Following the tournament, the men will travel to Daufuskie Island, S.C. to play in Michigan State's Rees Jones Intercollegiate from October 4-6 at the Haig Point Golf Club. In the upcoming week, the Tigers will participate in the Skyhawk Classic hosted by Ohio Valley Conference opponent UT Martin on October 11-13. The classic will be held at the Paris Landing Golf Course in Buchanan, Tenn. The women's team will play their separate schedule after the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate when they return to Montgomery, Ala. to compete in the Troy State Golf Invitational (10/25-27) at Troy Country Club. On November 8-10 the women will move ahead to Savannah, Ga. to finish the fall schedule at the SSU Tiger Fall Invitational hosted by Savannah State at the Henderson Golf Course. The 2010 spring schedule will be released at a later date.

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Golf begins season at ASU Fall Golf Classic - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:47 PM

Golf begins season at ASU Fall Golf Classic Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 09/09/2009

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men and women golf teams start the 2009-10 season when the travel to Montgomery, Ala. to compete in the ASU Fall Golf Classic. The event will take place at Lagoon Park Golf Course from September 13-15 and is hosted by Alabama State.

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The pool of competition includes teams from: Alabama State (M,W), Grambling (M,W), Savannah State (M,W), Mississippi Valley State (M,W), Springhill College (M,W), Faulkner (M,W), Texas Southern (W), South Carolina State (W), Southern (M), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (M), Alabama A&M (M), Baptist College (M), Birmingham Southern (M), Mobile (M), Morehouse, and Talladega (M).

The defending PGA Men's Minority Collegiate National Champions TSU Tigers lost one golfer from last year's team and are led by senior Chris Seibel. Seibel finished with a team best 75.1 average while finishing seventh in the individual standings at the 2009 OVC Championships. Also adding depth is juniors Richard Gill and Ryan Smith with sophomores Christopher McKay and Dorian Vauls. The squad adds freshman Cameron Scitern from Rockdale, Texas who was the 2009 District 24AAA Champion and helped his team win the Red River Challenge Cup in 2008. He also helped team USA win at the International Junior Golf Invitational in Mexico. On the women's side the Tigers return sophomores Mya Billingsley, Marie Black, and Jamie Pierce after losing three players form last year's team. Black finished second on the team with a 93.4 average. Her 35th place finish in the overall individual standings was the best for the Tigers at the 2008 OVC Championship. The team will reload with newcomers, freshman Jatoia Potts and senior Katelyn Dingeman. Next, the men's squad will head to the Atlanta, Ga. during the Atlanta Football Classic weekend from Sept. 25-27 to participate in the Black College Invitational Golf Tournament at the Browns Mill Golf Course hosted by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. The women's next competition will take place when they rejoin the men's squad on October 18-20 in Clarksville, Tenn. at Austin Peay State's F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate.

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Men Capture First, Women Place Third at ASU Fall Classic - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:47 PM

Men Capture First, Women Place Third at ASU Fall Classic Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 09/16/2009

ASU Fall Classic - Women's Final Results ASU Fall Classic - Men's Final Results

Montgomery, Ala. - The Tennessee State University golf teams opened the 2009-10 season in fine fashion at the ASU Fall Classic hosted by Alabama State at the Lagoon Park Golf Course on Tuesday (9/15) in Montgomery, Ala.

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The men's team rallied back to capture the ASU Classic. TSU, in the 15team competition, shot 4-over par 576 (289-291 580) after trailing Alabama State after round one. The win marks consecutive tournament wins after TSU won the 2008 PGA Minority Golf National Championship. Individually, the Tiger golfers finished in the top 17 out of a pool of 77 competitors.

Chris Seibel tied for third overall in the individual standings wrapping up with 1-under par 142 (71-72 141). In round one, Seibel shot one under and made par in the final round. Ryan Smith made par in the first round finishing with a seventh place tie, shooting 1-over par 142 (72-73 143) overall. Richard Gill followed with a 10th place going two over on the first day but bounced back making par in the final round. In his first outing as a Tiger, Cameron Scitern made par on day one but ended with 3over par (72-75 147) for 14th place. Dorian Vauls recorded his best finish of his career in 17th place scoring 148 (4-over par). For the women, TSU ended round one in third place and did not budge in the final team standings. The Tigers finished behind Spring Hill College (338 327 665 +89) and Alabama State (340 342 682 +106). Jamie Pierce led the way with a second place finish overall. Pierce shot 13-over par 144 ( 78-79 157) after ending round one tied for first. Marie Black contributed with a 13th place finish shooting 42-over par (92-94 186). Newcomer Kateyln Dingeman followed with the 14th spot going 43 over (95-92 187) and Mya Billingsley rounded off the TSU leader board, scoring 59 over par (99-104 203) placing 21st. Next up, the men's squad will head to Atlanta, Ga to participate in the Black College Invitational Golf Tournament hosted by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. The tourney is scheduled for September 25-27 at the Browns Mill Golf Course. The women will rejoin men's squad at Austin Peay State's F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate on October 18-20 in Clarksville, Tenn. ASU Fall Classic - Men's Final Results ASU Fall Classic - Women's Final Results

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Men's golf begins spring season at UT Martin's Grover Page Classic - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:45 PM

Men's golf begins spring season at UT Martin's Grover Page Classic Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 02/28/2010

Nashville, Tenn.--- The Tennessee State University men's golf team tees off the 2010 spring season at the fourth annual Grover Page Classic held at the Jackson Country Club in Jackson, Tenn. The Classic will take place from March 1-2 and is hosted by OVC opponent The University of Tennessee at Martin. Practice rounds are slated for Feb. 28. The Jackson Country Club, a par 72, 6,783-yard course, will host 16 teams, including eight from Tennessee, and eight participants competing as individuals. The pool of competition includes teams from: Lambuth, Union, Bethel, Big East Conference member Cincinnati, previous champion Central Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics Arkansas, Atlantic Sun contender Lipscomb, Southern Illinois from the Missouri Valley Conference, and Ohio Valley Conference members Tennessee Tech and Morehead State. The Tigers were scheduled to compete in last year's Classic but the competition was shortened due to inclement weather. TSU is led by Chris Seibel and Richard Gill. Seibel finished the fall season with an average of 73.87 and 2over-par. Gill concluded the season with an average of 75.6 and 4-over-par. The Classic is named after Grover Page, UT Martin's first golf coach, who led the program to eight NCAA Championship appearances. First round action is set to kick-off on Monday morning with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The event is free and open to the public. The Tigers will return to the green from March 28-30 at the Alabama A&M Spring Classic in Huntsville, Ala.

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Men's golf notches third place at Grover Page Classic - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:45 PM

Men's golf notches third place at Grover Page Classic Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 03/03/2010

Final Results Team Results / Top 20 Individual (PDF)

Final Results Combo PDF

Jackson, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's golf team shot a final round team score of 302 to finish third at the 16-team Grover Page Classic hosted by UT Martin at the Jackson Country Club in Jackson, Tenn. For the first competition of the spring, the Tigers shot 27-over-par from a total of 891 coming from rounds of 292, 297 and the final round of 302. TSU finishes in the top three for the third time this season while finishing ahead of OVC opponents Tennessee Tech (4), Morehead State (8) and UT Martin (9). The Tigers posted 34 birdies, 155 pars, with two eagles.

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Dorian Vauls competed individually finishing 53rd in a pool of more than 100 golfers.

Chris Seibel finished fifth in the individual standings shooting two-under for a final score of 214. Seibel opened the first round with an impressive four-under-par (68) and shot par in the second round (72). He concluded the Classic in the final round with a 74 for two-over-par. In addition, he led the competition shooting 14 birdies making the alltournament team with his third finish under par for both the fall and spring

season. Several Tigers finished in the top 20 in the individual standings with Richard Gill drawing even with three other golfers for tenth. Gill shot a final of 224 with eight-over-par on rounds of 74, 76, and 74. Ryan Smith and Cameron Scitern tied two other competitors shooting 227 overall (11-over-par). Smith shot 74, 75, and the final round at 78 with Scitern shooting 76, 74, and 77. The team will return to action on March 28-30 when they head to Scottsboro, Ala. to compete in the Alabama A&M Golf Classic. The tournament will be held at the Goose Pond Colony Golf Course beginning Sunday (3/28) with practice rounds and will conclude Tuesday (3/30) with the finals.

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Tiger Golf heads to Alabama A&M Spring Classic - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:44 PM

Tiger Golf heads to Alabama A&M Spring Classic Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 03/26/2010

Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University men and women's golf teams will travel to Scottsboro, Ala. to compete in the Alabama A&M Golf Classic. The event will take place at the Goose Pond Colony Plantation Golf Course, which is known for its two 18-hole championship golf courses. The event is set for March 28-30 and with a practice round slated for Sunday (3/28). Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

The pool of competition include men and women's squads from Alcorn State (M&W), Prairie View A&M (M&W), Morehouse (M), Talladega (M), South Carolina State (M), Lemoyne-Owens (M), Southern (M), Savannah State (M&W), and Mississippi Valley State (M&W).

For TSU, the men are coming off a third place win at the Grover Page Classic where the team shot a final round overall score of 302. Chris Seibel led the Tigers finishing fifth in the individual standings, shooting twounder for a final score of 214. In addition, he led the competition shooting 14 birdies making the alltournament team with his third finish under par for both the fall and spring season. The women will look to bounce back from their 10 th place finish at the Samford Women's Intercollegiate. Jamie Pierce led the Tigers in the individual standings finishing in the top 50 with rounds of 85, 86, and 85. Pierce posted a final stroke count of 256 shooting 40-over par. Siebel and Pierce continue to lead their squads respectively. Siebel currently manages an average score of 73.2 hitting one-over-par while Pierce posts an average of 83.0 shooting 11-over-par. The women will look to defend their title in the Classic after finishing in first place last season. The Tigers shot 366 overall in one round played with Marie Black finishing fourth with a 19-over par for 91. The men's golf team did not participate in the Alabama A&M Golf Classic last year. Next, the men return to the green from April 4-6 to host the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate at the King's Creek Golf Course in Springhill, Tenn. The women will head back to Alabama from April 11-13 when they compete in the Huntington College Hawk Spring Invitational in Montgomery at the Lagoon Park Golf Club.

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TSU Golf: Men first, women second at Alabama A&M Classic - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:44 PM

TSU Golf: Men first, women second at Alabama A&M Classic Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 04/01/2010

Men's Final Results Alabama A&M University ( PDF)

Women's Final Results Alabama A&M University Spring Classic (PDF)

Scottsboro, Ala. The Tennessee State University men's golf team took first and the women finished second to end their play at the Alabama A&M Spring Classic on Tuesday (3/30). The men's squad captured their second tournament title of the season shooting 25-over-par from total rounds of 304 and 297 for an overall score of 601.

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After winning the tourney last year, the women settled for second place shooting rounds of 362 and 358 for a stroke count of 720 on a par 576 course. Hampton picked up the win shooting 615 overall from rounds of 314 and 301.

Jamie Pierce, Marie Black, Katelyn Dingeman, Ryan Smith, Chris Seibel, Richard Gill, and Cameron Scitern were named to the all-tournament team finishing in the top ten in the individual rankings. For the men, at the end of the final round, a playoff ensued between TSU's Smith and Seibel, Earl Cooper (Morehouse) and Dominique Worthen (Savannah State). On the first playoff hole, Seibel and Worthern finished with a bogey and were eliminated. Smith and Cooper both scored par and advanced to the second playoff hole. Cooper shot a bogey and Smith again hit par to claim the title. Smith captured his first career tournament title finishing 3-over-par at147. He shot 76 (4-over-par) in the first round and followed in the second shooting a birdie (1-under-par) to finish the final round at 71. Seibel also finished at 147 from rounds of 73 and 74 and finished with a tree-way draw for second. Richard Gill followed at seventh-place shooting 153 and Cameron Scitern fell in at ninth shooting 155. Chris McKay rounded out the team scoring for 16 th overall shooting 159. As for the women, Pierce led TSU in the final standings shooting a 161 (17-over-par) Black and Dingeman followed with both players notching a final count at 181. The men's team will look to continue their momentum when they host the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate at the King's Creek Golf Course in Springhill, Tenn. The tournament is scheduled for April 4-6 with practice rounds scheduled for Sunday (4/4) at 1 p.m. On Monday (4/5) the tourney will officially begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. The women will head back to Alabama when they play in the Huntingdon Hawk Spring Invitational in Prattville. The invite is slated for April 11-13.

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Men's golf concludes day one of the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:43 PM

Men's golf concludes day one of the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 04/05/2010

Results - Day One TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate

Springhill, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's golf team finished the first round in fifth place but shot a total of 296 in the second to fall to an eighth-place tie after day one of the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate at the King's Creek Golf Course. As a team, the Tigers opened up the intercollegiate shooting 288 in the first round (8-over-par). However, they followed shooting 15 strokes over for a total score of 583 on the day. OVC opponent, Murray State, currently sits out in front shooting rounds of 280 and 288 for a total of 568 (8-over-par). TSU's Chris Seibel led all competitors at the end of the first round shooting 3-under-par for 67 but shot 73 (3-over-par) in the second to Courtesy: Sam Jordan / TSU Athletics break even at 140. Seibel is currently tied at ninth to lead the Tigers in http://tigerpics.lifepics.com Chris Seibel led all competitors at the the individual standings. end of the first round shooting 3under-par for 67.

Ryan Smith opened up scoring 3-over-par at 73, but returned in the second round to shoot 1-under-par at 69 to close out day one at 142 (2-

over par). Richard Gill and Christopher McKay both scored 154 going 14 over to round off the Tigers' top four. Gill registered identical rounds of 77 and McKay followed with stroke counts of 71 and 83. Day two and the final round of the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5.

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TSU Golf's Ryan Smith tabbed OVC Golfer of the Week - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:43 PM

TSU Golf's Ryan Smith tabbed OVC Golfer of the Week Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 04/07/2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Ohio Valley Conference has named Tennessee State University golfer, Ryan Smith, male golfer of the week. Smith took first at the Alabama A&M Spring Classic (3/30) then finished second at home in the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate (4/6) making the alltournament team for both events.

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Ryan Smith receives his first career OVC weekly award.

At the Alabama A&M Spring Classic, Smith survived a four-player playoff to capture his first collegiate tournament crown. He shot a birdie during the second playoff hole to secure the victory. Overall, Smith shot 76 (4over-par) in the first round and followed in the second to finish the final round at 71 (1-under-par) for a total of 147 strokes. The Tigers tallied their second tourney title on the season after shooting 25-over-par from total rounds of 304 and 297 for an overall score of 601.

At the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate, Smith started the last day of competition in fourteenth place but shot 5under-par in the final round to close out the intercollegiate second overall. He finished 3-under-par at 207 from rounds of 73, 69, 65. He helped rally the Tigers to finish out the tournament tied for second overall after starting the final day in eighth place. It was TSU's fifth top three finish this year. On the season, Smith holds a 75.0 stroke average from 19 rounds shooting 3-over-par while registering even par or better on four occasions. Smith receives his first career OVC weekly award. Next, TSU Golf will compete at the 2010 OVC Golf Championship from April 26-28 at the Greystone Golf Course in Dickson, Tenn.

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Men's Golf set to compete at OVC Championship - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:42 PM

Men's Golf set to compete at OVC Championship Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 04/26/2010

Live Scoring 2010 OVC Men's Golf Championship (URL)

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's golf team will compete for the Ohio Valley Conference title from April 26-28 at the GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson, Tenn. Tee-off is slated for 8 a.m. Eastern Kentucky serves as the host of the event with the par-72 course stretching to 6,858 in yardage. A year ago TSU finished sixth at the men's championship. Austin Peay came from five strokes down edging Murray State by a single shot. Courtesy: Tennessee State Athletics

Chris Seibel led the Tigers with a 3-under score of 69 to finish at 221 (+5) for the event, putting him in seventh place in the individual ranks.

The Tigers charge into this year's championship finishing in the top five in the team standings in four of seven tournaments. TSU captured two team titles winning the Alabama State Fall Golf Classic and the Alabama A&M Golf Classic in the spring. TSU has finished ahead of five OVC teams in two tournaments this year while posting a team 298 per stroke average. Seibel continues to lead the Tigers with a league's third best 72.8 per stroke average. In seven tournaments on the year, Seibel has finished in the top five on four occasions. Ryan Smith follows with a 75.0 per stroke average and has registered two finishes in the top five in tournament play including an individual victory at the Alabama A&M Golf Classic (3/29 - 3/30). TSU is coming off a second place performance at their host TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate after starting the final round in eighth. The annual awards banquets will be held following the first round of play. The OVC Player of the Year, Coach of the Year as well as All-Tournament and Tournament MVP awards will be presented at the conclusion of each championship. Designed by PGA Tour pro Mark McCumber, GreyStone Golf Club offers a challenging yet fun round of golf to competitors of all skill levels. Located in historic Dickson, the golf course is a short drive from Nashville and is easily accessible from throughout Middle Tennessee. Opened in 1998, GreyStone Golf Club is a public course that has hosted many high profile events including: 2002 PGA Tour First-round qualifying, Men and Women's Tennessee State Open from 1999-2003, 2000 PGA Tour first-round qualifying, Monday qualifying for BellSouth Senior PGA Tour and 2004 1st Stage PGA Tour School Qualifying. The men's event was last held in Tennessee in 2000 (Paris, Tenn.). The Tigers will conclude the season when they head to Port St. Lucie, Fla. To defend their PGA Minority National Championship for May 6 - 9.

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Golf's Chris Seibel named to All-OVC first team - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:42 PM

Golf's Chris Seibel named to All-OVC first team Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 04/26/2010

Nashville --- Tennessee State University men's golf senior Chris Seibel was named to the 2010 All-OVC first team. Seibel, the first TSU golfer to be named to the All-OVC team since 2005, was third in the league at 72.8 strokes per round, just 0.4 strokes behind the top average. The senior played in eight total events and had four top five and six top 10 finishes. Most recently, Seibel was recognized as the 2010 TSU Male Athlete of the Year during the annual athletic department banquet.

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Chris Seibel named to All-OVC first team

Last year, the Indianapolis, Ind. native was celebrated for his stellar performance at the PGA Division I Minority National Championship. In the final round he shot a one-under par 71, birdied the 17th hole and saved par on No. 18 to secure the title. Seibel finished shooting three-under par 216 (70-72-71).

The Human Performance and Sports Sciences major has been a member of the TSU golf team since 2006 and has continued to make a consistent impact on the team throughout his four years on campus. His stroke average has improved each season and he is currently averaging the best numbers of his career. He received his first conference honor when he was named OVC Golfer of the Week on March 25, 2009. He garnered the recognition after finishing with rounds of 78 and 74 to finish at 152 (8-over-par) at the Butler Spring Invitational. He placed seventh overall, tops among OVC competitors at the event. For the fourth year in a row the All-OVC first and second-teams were determined by GolfStat National Rankings. OVC coaches voted on the All-Newcomer Team and Freshman of the Year awards. The first team selections also include Austin Peay's Erik Barnes, Jacksonville State's Tom Robson, Murray State's Nick Newcomb and Zack Butler from Eastern Kentucky. The OVC Player and Coach of the Year awards will be announced on Wednesday afternoon following the final round of play at the championship, which is being held at the GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson, Tenn. All-OVC Men's Golf

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Tiger Golf tees up for PGA Minority Championship - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:39 PM

Tiger Golf tees up for PGA Minority Championship Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 05/05/2010

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Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State men and women golf teams will travel to compete in the 24 th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship from May 6 - 9 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Twenty-three teams make up the men's championship with a team champion to be declared in Division I, Division II and NAIA play.

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TSU will compete in the Division I field that includes Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Grambling State, Hampton, Jackson State, North Carolina Central, Prairie View A&M, Savannah State, Texas Southern, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Texas Pan-American and Winston Salem State.

Seven teams on the women's side will compete in one championship with Alabama State, BethuneCookman, Hampton, Lincoln, South Carolina State, and Texas Pan-American making up that field. Two-time winner (2005, 2009) and defending champions, TSU men's golf, will look to reclaim their crown after finishing fourth overall in the Ohio Valley Conference championship (4/25-28). The program earned its best finish in the conference tourney in the history of OVC competition. In their last outing, the Tigers finished 11 th in the Cavalier Classic hosted by the University of Virginia (5/1-2). Chris Seibel, TSU Male Athlete of the Year and First Team OVC, continues to lead the team averaging oneover-par at 73. Seibel has finished in the top five in four tournaments this season and was a major factor in the Tigers winning last year's PGA title. Ryan Smith and Richard Gill follow shooting an average of three-over-par apiece. Smith has finished in the top five on two occasions including a win at the Alabama A&M Spring Classic (3/2830) while shooting 74.9. Gill is shooting 75.1 and has finished twice in the top ten in two tournaments this year. At last year's PGA championship, TSU made up ten-strokes on the final day, with three of five players firing under-par rounds. Seibel nailed a final round one-under par 71, birdied the 17th hole and saved par on No. 18 to seal the victory. Seibel finished shooting three-under par 216 (70-72-71) to lead TSU respectively. For the women, this will be TSU's first appearance at the PGA championship. TSU women's golf is coming off an eighth-place finish to round out the competition at the OVC Championship (4/21-24). Jamie Pierce powers the team shooting 11 over with an 82.9 stroke average placing in top five in three competitions this season. Marie Black follows with a 93.7 average (+22) with Mya Billingsley and Katelyn http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&SPSID=92704&ATCLID=204941439&SPID=11273&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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Tiger Golf tees up for PGA Minority Championship - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:39 PM

Dingeman registering identical 101.6 averages shooting 30 over. Owned and operated by The PGA of America, and ranked among the "75 Best Golf Resorts" by Golf Digest, the PGA Golf Club features 18 holes on a 7,210 yardage course - par 72. The championship will feature three rounds with the men playing on the Wannamaker course with the women competing on the Ryder course. The debut broadcast of the 2010 highlight show on Golf Channel will air on Wed., July 7 at 8:00 p.m. Additional airing times are Wed., July 28 at 10:00 a.m., and Sat., July 31 at 3:30 a.m. (All Times Eastern).

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Tiger Golf: Men second, women seventh at PGA Championship - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 4:38 PM

Tiger Golf: Men second, women seventh at PGA Championship Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 05/10/2010

Final Results 24th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship (PDF)

Port St. Lucie, Fla. - The Tennessee State University men and women's golf team concluded the 2010 season completing the final round of the 24th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. TSU, the defending men's Division I champion, trailed by three strokes after the second round but could not make up the count finishing second overall (10-over-par) shooting rounds of 295, 289, and 290 for 874.

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Texas-Pan American collected four back-nine birdies for a 4-under-par (68) from senior Armen Kirakossianon on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course to help lead the Broncos to a first place finish. The Broncos collectively shot a 291-final round for a total stroke count of 872 (290291-291 +8). It was Texas-Pan American's fourth overall title and first

since 2007. Earlier this season, TSU played against Texas-Pan American in two tournaments while finshing ahead of the Broncos in both meetings. Tennessee State's Chris Seibel double-bogeyed the par-4 10th hole, and fell a stroke behind playing partner Kirakossian, who took the cue to go on a birdie run from the 12th through 14th holes, and adding another at the 16th to hold together a gem of a round. Seibel (213) finished with a 76 at the end of the final round after opening the tournament with one-under (71) in the first followed by a spectacular second round finishing six under (66). About an hour earlier, Tennessee State's Richard Gill, who was his team's No. 4 player, suffered a quadruple bogey-8 on the par-4 15th hole, on his way to a 76. Those two sudden twists allowed the Broncos the cushion needed to hold on for victory. Gill finished with a 230 stroke count from rounds of 75, 79, and 76. Ryan Smith after opening up with rounds of 75 and 73 ended on a strong note finishing six-under at 66 on the final day. Cameron Scitern (75-71-72--218) and Chris McKay closed out the team scoring for the Tigers (74-82-78-234). "I'm disappointed for our team, but more for Chris, who was playing in his final collegiate championship," said Tennessee State Head Coach and PGA Professional Chip Taylor. "We had a chance to win coming down the final four holes, and that is all you can ask for." For the women in their first appearance at the PGA Championship, TSU could not climb out the hole after the second rounding out the team standings in seventh overall. The Tigers shot rounds of 358, 362, and 363 for 1083 and 231 strokes over par. Jamie Pierce led the way shooting 236 (27-over-par) from rounds of 79, 74, and 83. Marie Black followed at 267 (88-89-90) with Katelyn Dingeman (287), Mya Billingsley (293), and Jatoia Potts rounding out the tally.

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Tigers Drop First Three Games at Purdue Tourney - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/18/10 7:40 PM

Tigers Drop First Three Games at Purdue Tourney Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 08/31/2008

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Tigers Show Promise Despite Tournament Losses WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Christian Lowe would lead the Tennessee State University Tigers offensively accumulating 26 kills, Candace Saleaumua totaled 29 digs and newcomer Yamari Padilla-Collazo tallied 35 assists in the Tigers’ matches at the Purdue Mortar Board Premier in Holloway Gymnasium hosted by Purdue University. TSU matched up with two CBS College Sports Network/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 teams while all tournament teams qualified for the 2007 NCAA Division I National Tournament. “The first five teams on our schedule made it to the NCAA tournament last year. After qualifying for the tournament last year we knew in order to progress we had to face teams of this caliber early,” said head coach Kathy Roulhac. “We have a lot of newcomers who are very talented, but have not matched up with Division I teams. We were just a few errors sets.”

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Senior Candace Saleaumua sets during the Mortar Board Premier hosted by Purdue University.

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The Tigers opened the tournament facing (14) Kansas State University (KSU) Wildcats. Two out of the three sets featured a see-saw battle between the two teams. The Tigers matched up well with KSU, keeping within a point of the Wildcats. Errors in the latter part of the sets would make the difference. The Tigers would lose their season opener in three sets, 14 – 25, 18 – 25, and 16 - 25. Lowe finished the opening match with ten of the team’s 28 kills. Saleaumua raked in 16 assists with nine digs and Padilla-Collazo would compliment with eight digs and six assists. Freshman Shaquita Williams produced an errorless game with four kills producing a .444 hitting percentage. Day two of the tournament, TSU faced the tournament's host, (25) the Boilermakers of Purdue University. The Tigers dropped the first set, 14 – 25. In the second set, TSU climbed from five down to tie at 25. Two Purdue kills finished the come from behind effort, concluding the set 25 – 27. In the next set, the Tigers led midway however, Purdue would take the match 20 – 25. The team garnered 30 kills and four blocks after the second match of the tournament. Lowe manufactured 11 kills, Saleaumua totaled 10 digs and Padilla-Collazo tallied 21 assists with four digs. In their third match to a tough Duke team, the Tigers fell behind early and the Blue Devils would take three sets, 15 – 25, 14 – 25, and 15 – 25. The Tigers will face the University of Kentucky on September 10th in Lexington, Ky.

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OVC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY: Tigers predicted 5th, Clifford and Nicholls on preseason team - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/28/10 9:07 PM

OVC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY: Tigers predicted 5th, Clifford and Nicholls on preseason team Courtesy: Tennessee State Sports Information

Release: 07/26/2010

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Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University was predicted to finish fifth and defenders Eugene Clifford and Donte'e Nicholls were selected to the Ohio Valley Conference preseason team. The announcement was made during the 2010 OVC Football Media Day at LP Field on Monday morning.

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The Tigers received one first-place vote with a total of 70 after finishing fifth in the final standings at the end of the 2009 season. The last time TSU was predicted to finish fifth in the preseason polls, the Tigers finished the season as the 1998 OVC Champions.

Eugene Clifford (1) and Donte'e Nicholls (79) were named to the 2010 OVC Preseason Team

For the second-straight season, five different Ohio Valley Conference schools received at least one first-place vote in the OVC preseason poll while Jacksonville State picked up the most first-place votes (11) and was tabbed the 2010 OVC preseason favorites in a vote of league head coaches and sports information directors.

Those 11 votes were out of 18 total votes, putting the Gamecocks (120 points) atop the preseason poll for the third time since joining the league in 2003. Eastern Illinois, last year's champion, picked up four firstplace votes (114 total points) and were just six total points behind Jax State. Eastern Kentucky (102 points) and Tennessee Tech (78 points) also received one first- place vote apiece and were picked third, and fourth respectively. The preseason poll was rounded out by UT Martin (59) in sixth, Austin Peay State and Southeast Missouri State tying for seventh (38) and Murray State (29) at eighth. Eugene Clifford makes his second appearance on the OVC preseason team after receiving his first selection at the start of 2009. He was the only Tiger to make that squad. The senior, Cincinnati, Ohio native, registered 60 tackles (34 solo), two interceptions, five pass break-ups, and seven pass deflections last year. Clifford also tacked on two scores courtesy of an interception and fumble return. The fumble return is the longest in modern TSU Football history. He makes his sixth preseason team for 2010. Donte'e Nicholls makes his first early season squad after transferring from the University of South Carolina in 2009. Nicholls, a junior and native of Pompano Beach, Fla. finished with 35 tackles (20 solo), 5.5 for a loss, and three pass break-ups and pass deflections each. Nicholls played in the reserve role last year making only http://www.tsutigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?PRINTABLE_PAGE=YES&ATCLID=204970824&DB_OEM_ID=19600

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OVC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY: Tigers predicted 5th, Clifford and Nicholls on preseason team - Tennessee State Tigers Athletics

7/28/10 9:07 PM

two starts. The Tigers will open the 2010 season when the host Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic. The game is scheduled for September 4, 2010 with kick-off slated for 6 p.m. Official Press Release

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