Tennessee State (12-9) at Morehead State (10-11)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ellis Johnson Arena (6,500) -- Morehead, Kentucky.
Television: None. Home Record: TSU 8-0. Morehead State 7-3. Away Record: TSU
3-8, Morehead State 2-8. Neutral Record: TSU 1-1, Morehead State 1-0.
Conference Record: TSU 6-2, Morehead State 4-3. Series Record: Morehead State
GAMES NOTES: The Tennessee State Tigers wrap up a three-game road trip and try
to end a short losing streak when they take on the Morehead State Eagles in
Ohio Valley Conference action at Ellis Johnson Arena.
A 76-67 loss to Eastern Kentucky on Thursday has the Tigers on the losing end
of consecutive games for the first time since mid-November during the Coaches
versus Cancer Classic. The slide has dropped Tennessee State to 12-9 overall
and into fourth place in the league standings at 6-2. The road has proved a
perilous place for the Tigers who are just 3-8 in away contests on the season.
The Tigers get a one-game reprieve at home against Tennessee Tech next before
playing consecutive games on the road.
Morehead State had a short two-game winning streak put to an end in
heartbreaking fashion with a 64-63 loss to conference leading Belmont on
Thursday. The Eagles are now 10-11 on the campaign with a 4-3 ledger against
league competition. The loss came on their home floor where the Eagles have
generally been tough to beat with a 7-3 mark at Ellis Johnson Arena this
season. The Eagles won't have to wait long for another shot at the Bruins as
they face them on the road next Thursday.
Tennessee State knocked Morehead State out of the OVC Tournament last season
to earn its third win in the last four meetings. Morehead State still owns a
30-26 lead in the all-time series however.
The Tigers allowed Eastern Kentucky to shoot better than 55 percent from the
floor while making good on only 37.3 percent of their own field-goal attempts
in the nine-point loss on Thursday. Tennessee State was also beat up on the
inside, with the Colonels owning a 34-20 edge in points in the paint.
With leading scorer Robert Covington (17.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg) still sidelined by
injury, the Tigers have managed to remain competitive thanks to the efforts of
three double figure scorers. Chief among them is Kellen Thornton (14.3 ppg,
7.8 rpg) who has also picked up the mantle of top rebounder from Covington.
Patrick Miller (13.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.4 apg) has made it a habit of producing
across the board and not just by shooting the ball. Miller leads the
conference in assists and is among the top 10 players in steals as well.
Jordan Cyphers (11.8 ppg) has also been contributing nicely on the score
sheet. However there isn't much depth beyond those three with no other player
scoring more than five points per game. In all the Tigers are scoring 67.8
points per game, while shooting a mere .425, good enough for just 10th in the
After leading by as many as 14 points against Belmont, the upset-minded Eagles
were unable to finish the job as they collapsed in the second half. A 3-
pointer from J.J. Mann with 1:13 left put Belmont ahead 64-63 to cap off an
11-2 run by the Bruins and in the final minute the Eagles missed both of their
shots from the floor.
Despite having just one player averaging in double figures, Morehead State has
held its own on the offensive end. The Eagles are scoring a respectable 71.1
points per game on the year despite just a 42.7 field goal percentage. The
Eagles have also had the benefit of being the top rebounding squad in the OVC
(37.9 pg). The balanced attack for the Eagles, that features six players
scoring at least seven points per game, is led by Milton Chavis (11.8 ppg).
Chavis has missed some games recently though and has yet to show the scoring
production he had when he scored in double figures in seven straight games to
begin the season. Angelo Warner (9.3 ppg) is the second option on the squad,
while Chad Posthumus (7.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg) leads the way on the boards.
Morehead State clashed with arguably the best team in the OVC and came within
one shot of pulling off the upset. Look for the Eagles to build off of that
strong effort against a struggling Tennessee State squad.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Morehead State 71, Tennessee State 65
01/26 11:20:06 ET
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