January 7, 2010

Tech takes on Eastern Kentucky in crucial OVC matchup

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - The weather has turned cold, but things will be heating up in the Eblen Center Saturday night as the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team looks to get back on track in Ohio Valley Conference play when Eastern Kentucky pays a visit. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Golden Eagles enter the contest at 7-8 overall and 1-3 in league play, while Eastern Kentucky is 10-6 overall and 3-2 in OVC play, but is just 1-6 on the road this season. The Colonels own a 66-52 edge in the all-time series against the Golden Eagles and Tech has lost the last three meetings in the series. Both teams enter the game coming off a loss Thursday night, and Tech will be trying to end a two-game slide.

Eastern Kentucky enters the game having won two out of their last three games. The Colonels are led by Justin Stommes who is averaging 15.4 points per game. Josh Taylor is scoring 14.1 per game and isn't afraid to launch the longball, as he is 40-of-109 (36.7 percent) from 3-point range on the season. Spencer Perrin is averaging 9.0 points and 5.8 boards on the season, but EKU gives up a -7.2 rebounding margin entering the contest, while Tech is +0.5 in that category.

After a four game winning streak that began with an overtime win over Ball State, the Golden Eagles lost in overtime at Eastern Illinois on Jan. 4, before falling to Morehead State on Jan. 7. Tech will look to get back to .500 on the season with a win against EKU.

The Golden Eagles have plenty of offensive weapons to get the job done. Senior Frank Davis is averaging a team-high 15 points per game for Tech, and is unconscious from behind the three-point line, where he is one of the ten best in the country, shooting 51.1 percent (45-of-88). Kevin Murphy is averaging 14.5 points per game, while Elijah Muhammad is scoring 11.5 points to go along with a team-high 4.5 assists per game, and Alfred Jones averages 8.1 points and a team-high 5.4 rebounds per game.

Tech has shot over 50.0 percent from the field in its last six games, going 4-2 in that span, and is shooting 47.3 for the season. The Golden Eagles have hit 40.3 percent of their 3-point attempts on the year, and are 68.3 percent from the free throw line as a team.

The game will be broadcast live on WHUB-AM 1400, and can also be heard through free Teamline, either on the web at www.teamline.cc or on the phone by calling 1-800-846-4700 (team code 0654. Fans can also watch the game via live web streaming on OVCsports.TV.

For ticket information please contact the Golden Eagle athletics ticket office by calling (931) 372-3940, or visit TTUsports.com