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February 17, 2010

Golden Eagles look for season sweep of Austin Peay

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It’s crunch time for the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team as the Golden Eagles battle for position in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. Tech has another pivotal game ahead of it when the Golden Eagles battle in-state rival Austin Peay on Thursday night in the Dunn Center in Clarksville, Tenn.

The Golden Eagles are just two games behind Austin Peay in the win column in OVC play, and Tech has a chance to sweep the season series and clinch the tiebreaker, if necessary, over the Governors when it comes time to seed the OVC Tournament. Both teams have already clinched a berth to the eight-team conference tournament. 

Tech enters the game at 13-14 on the season and 7-9 in OVC play, while Austin Peay is 15-12 overall and 9-6 in the OVC. Tech survived a tightly contested game against the Govs earlier in the year, winning 94-90 in Eblen Center.

The Golden Eagles and Governors have met 131 times in history with Austin Peay holding a slim 67-64 advantage in the all-time series. The Golden Eagles took care of business against APSU at home earlier in the year, topping the Govs 94-90. Austin Peay had won four straight in the series before this season

Tech is led by sophomore Kevin Murphy, who is averaging 14.9 points per game for the Golden Eagles. Murphy has scored in double figures in 19 of Techs last 20 games. Senior Frank Davis is among the best 3-point shooters in the nation, and is averaging 14.3 points per game. Senior point guard Elijah Muhammad has moved into the top 20 in career assists at Tech in just his second season as a Golden Eagle, and is averaging 12.3 points and 4.5 assists per game.

Austin Peay gets a majority of its offense from two main weapons, Wes Channels and Anthony Campbell. Channels is averaging 16.1 points per game, while Campbell is scoring 15.6 per contest. The Gov’s are 15-12 on the season, 9-6 in the OVC and 10-2 at home this year.

The Golden Eagles will step out of conference for  their ESPNU BracketBuster contest at Appalachian State on Feb. 20 before returning home for the season finale against Jacksonville State on Feb. 27.

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