2011-12 Tennessee Tech Men's Basketball Headlines

November 22, 2012
Golden Eagles volunteer at First United Methodist Church on Thanksgiving Day
The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team spent the early part of Thanksgiving Day spreading thanks and holiday spirit around the First United Methodist Church.

June 28, 2012
Tennessee Tech's Kevin Murphy drafted 47th overall by Utah Jazz
Tennessee Tech's Kevin Murphy becomes the ninth Golden Eagle to be drafted, having been selected 47th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2012 NBA draft Thursday night.

April 18, 2012
Bailey, Inameti head to Belmont for 5th Annual All-Star Classic
Tennessee Tech’s Zach Bailey and Bassey Inameti are set to participate in the 5th Annual Music City All-Star Classic on Saturday, April 28 at Belmont University. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for a 6 p.m. event start at the Curb Event Center.

March 27, 2012
Kevin Murphy selected to play in Reese's College All-Star Game Friday
Kevin Murphy will get to play at least one more game before concluding his collegiate career. He was selected to play in Friday's Reese's College All-Star game, joining an elite list of players.

March 14, 2012
Murphy, Dillard earn NABC All-District honors
Tennessee Tech guard duo Kevin Murphy and Jud Dillard now have another postseason honor to shoulder in addition to first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors.

March 13, 2012
Offense doesn't click, Golden Eagles fall at Georgia State
An uncharacteristically poor offensive outing doomed Tennessee Tech in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Tuesday as the Golden Eagles fell 74-43 at Georgia State.

March 9, 2012
Golden Eagles to take on Georgia State in CIT
Tennessee Tech will open play in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) at Georgia State on Tuesday, tournament officials confirmed Thursday night.

March 7, 2012
Golden Eagles to play in CIT for second straight season
For the first time in school history, Tennessee Tech will play in the postseason in back-to-back years.

March 5, 2012
Murphy named to OVC All-Tournament Team
Tennessee Tech guard Kevin Murphy was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Team at the conclusion of Saturday's championship game at Municipal Auditorium.

March 2, 2012
Golden Eagle squads get semifinal rematches as men face No. 9 Murray State, women take on Eastern Ill.
Both Tennessee Tech basketball squads played their way into OVC Tournament semifinal rematches with teams against whom they suffered close losses this season.

March 2, 2012
Golden Eagles topped in OVC semifinals by No. 9 Racers
Kevin Murphy became just the 16th place in OVC history to reach 2,000 career points, but his 31 wasn't enough to lift the Golden Eagles Friday. Tech fell to No. 9 Murray State, 78-58, in a tournament semifinal contest.

March 2, 2012
Golden Eagles shock Eastern Illinois in OVC semifinal overtime win
The Tennessee Tech women's basketball team shocked No. 2 seed Eastern Illinois Friday night, claiming an 81-72 win in overtime to advance to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

March 1, 2012
Golden Eagles set up semifinal showdown with last-minute win
Zach Bailey grabbed a couple of critical rebounds and Zac Swansey drained the deciding 3-pointer to help Tennessee Tech pull out a 77-73 victory over Southeast Missouri Thursday in the OVC Tournament, sending the Golden Eagles to a semifinal showdown with No. 9 Murray State Friday.

February 29, 2012
Athletics offers a fun, interactive way to follow Tech at the OVC Tournament
Perhaps the most interactive channel to date, Tennessee Tech Athletics is offering a live blog for fans to follow Golden Eagle action this week. During each of Tech's men's and women's games at the OVC Tournament, TTU Athletics will be manning a live blog for fans to view and with which to interact.

February 29, 2012
Standout senior season cements Murphy's Tech legacy
In pretty much everybody else’s book, Kevin Murphy is already a Tennessee Tech basketball living legend.

February 28, 2012
Murphy, Dillard named to All-OVC First Team
Ohio Valley Conference coaches and sports information directors have spoken, and two of the top five players in the league belong to Tennessee Tech.

February 28, 2012
Golden Eagles prep for quarterfinals, OVC title pursuit
Tennessee Tech will open its quest for an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship on Thursday evening at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.

February 27, 2012
Tech fans invited to "Music City Mingle" during OVC Basketball Tournament
Tennessee Tech fans attending the OVC Basketball Tournament are invited to attend the "Music City Mingle" events between sessions at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Nashville.

February 27, 2012
Buy locally! Get your OVC Tournament Tickets from Tech Athletics
Fans heading to Nashville this week for the OVC Basketball Tournament are reminded to purchase tickets from the TTU Athletics Ticket Office in order to be seated in the Golden Eagle cheering section.

February 25, 2012
Golden Eagles edged by No. 12 Murray State, 69-64
No. 12 Murray State took the lead in the final minutes and held on with free throws to claim a narrow, 69-64 OVC victory over Tennessee Tech in front of 9,021 loud and crazy fans in Eblen Center.

February 24, 2012
Less than 800 tickets remain; Fans invited to Friday men's practice
Less than 800 tickets remain on sale for the Saturday night OVC doubleheader in Eblen Center against Murray State. Meanwhile, Golden Eagle coach Steve Payne has invited fans to join the men's team at Friday's practice.

February 23, 2012
No. 12 Murray State visits Golden Eagles on Senior Day
Tennessee Tech welcomes the highest-ranked opponent it has ever hosted at Eblen Center in a game rife with postseason implications as No. 12 Murray State visits for Saturday’s Senior Night.

February 22, 2012
Ticket Update: Less than 1,000 tickets available for Saturday games
At the end of the day Wednesday, the Tennessee Tech Athletics Ticket Office reports that there are less than 1,000 tickets remaining on sale for the Saturday night OVC doubleheader against Murray State in Eblen Center.

February 20, 2012
Ticket Update: About 2,400 tickets remain on sale for Saturday
All of the seats in the lower bowl of Eblen Center are sold, but about 2,400 tickets remain for seats in the upper bowl for Saturday's OVC doubleheader against Murray State.

February 20, 2012
Dillard named OVC Player of the Week
Tennessee Tech junior guard Jud Dillard was named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday for his team-leading performances in victories over Coastal Carolina and Eastern Kentucky.

February 18, 2012
Golden Eagles rally from 15-point deficit for BracketBusters win
Tennessee Tech flipped the script against Coastal Carolina on Saturday, rallying from a 15-point first-half deficit to claim a 77-71 victory over the Chanticleers on Senior Day at Kimbel Arena in a Sears BracketBusters contest.

February 17, 2012
Murphy named finalist for prestigious Lou Henson Award
Tennessee Tech senior guard Kevin Murphy is a finalist for the Lou Henson Player of the Year Award, and Golden Eagle fans are being called upon to support Murphy in online voting.

February 17, 2012
Golden Eagles looking for BracketBusters road win at Coastal Carolina
Tennessee Tech will take a break from Ohio Valley Conference action to participate in the Sears BracketBusters on Saturday, playing at Coastal Carolina at 11 a.m. CST.

February 16, 2012
OVC moves to East/West Divisional play in basketball for 2012-13
Tennessee Tech's basketball teams will compete in the OVC East Division beginning next season, under a plan for divisional play announced Thursday by the league office.

February 15, 2012
Big games from several leads Golden Eagles to OVC win over EKU
Jud Dillard and Zac Swansey each posted double-doubles while Zach Bailey and Bassey Inameti scored season-high games to lead Tennessee Tech to a 74-67 OVC win over Eastern Kentucky Wednesday night in Eblen Center.

February 14, 2012
Golden Eagles look to sweep season series with Eastern Kentucky
Tennessee Tech will look to sweep its season series with Eastern Kentucky when the Colonels visit the Eblen Center on Wednesday in what will be the next-to-last conference game of the season for the Golden Eagles.

February 12, 2012
Athletics announces ticket plan for TTU students for Feb. 25 games
To accommodate what is expected to be a large demand for student seating for the Murray State basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 25, the Tennessee Tech Athletics Dept. is announcing a ticket plan for TTU students.

February 11, 2012
Shooting struggles cost Golden Eagles against Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech struggled from the field for the second straight outing Saturday at Tennessee State, falling 68-53 to the surging Tigers at Gentry Center.

February 10, 2012
In-state rivalry resumes between TTU, TSU Saturday
For the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, Saturday’s game at Tennessee State represents the opportunity to erase Thursday’s loss and put themselves back in the thick of the hunt for the OVC Tournament’s second seed.

February 9, 2012
Few reserved seat tickets remain for Tech doubleheader vs. Murray State, Feb. 25
Tickets are still available for Tennessee Tech’s doubleheader against Murray State on Saturday, Feb. 25, but less than 30 reserved seat tickets in the Eblen Center lower bowl remain. Upper bowl seats are now on sale.

February 9, 2012
Cold-shooting costs Golden Eagles in OVC loss to Panthers
The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team couldn't find the range Thursday night in Eblen Center and visiting Eastern Illinois took advantage to claim a 74-57 OVC victory.

February 9, 2012
Murphy nets ESPN's Capital One Impact Performance of the Week honor
The nation has spoken, and Tennessee Tech senior guard Kevin Murphy’s 50-point outburst against SIU Edwardsville was the top performance in the country last week.

February 8, 2012
Winners of three straight, Golden Eagles host Eastern Illinois Thursday
The Ohio Valley Conference season is winding down and the race is on as Tennessee Tech makes a push to finish in the league’s top two, thereby earning a bye into the semifinals of the OVC Tournament.

February 6, 2012
Dillard named player of the week by College Sports Madness
Tennessee Tech junior guard Jud Dillard has been named Player of the Week in the Ohio Valley Conference by College Sports Madness for his performance in victories over SIU Edwardsville, Austin Peay and Jacksonville State.

February 6, 2012
Vote NOW for Murphy as ESPN Impact Player of the Week
Tennessee Tech's Kevin Murphy is currently leading in the nationwide voting for the ESPN Impact Player of the Week, with more than 25,000 votes cast. Go to the site now and vote for the Golden Eagle senior guard.

February 6, 2012
Murphy earns second OVC Player of the Week honor
Kevin Murphy has been named OVC Player of the Week in a unanimous vote by the league’s sports information directors, the conference office announced Monday.

February 4, 2012
Dillard double-double lifts Tech to third straight victory
Tennessee Tech got big performances from Jud Dillard, Kevin Murphy and Zac Swansey and won its fifth game out of its last six Saturday, picking up a 76-68 victory over Jacksonville State at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

February 3, 2012
Golden Eagles look for third-straight victory at Jacksonville State
Tennessee Tech comes into Saturday’s game at Jacksonville State winners of four of its last five games and tied for third in the Ohio Valley Conference race. Tip-off against the Gamecocks is set for 4:30 p.m. CST at Pete Mathews Coliseum in Jacksonville, Ala.

February 2, 2012
Golden Eagles hold off Austin Peay at free-throw line, win 94-88
Tennessee Tech hit 16 consecutive free-throws in the final four minutes to stave off hard-charging Austin Peay on Thursday night, leaving the Dunn Center with a 94-88 victory.

February 1, 2012
Golden Eagles tackle Austin Peay in Thursday night showdown
Tennessee Tech returns to action Thursday for the first time after making national headlines thanks to senior guard Kevin Murphy’s 50-point explosion in Monday’s win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

January 30, 2012
Golden Eagles draw Coastal Carolina in Sears BracketBusters
Tennessee Tech will be going coastal for its Feb. 18 Sears BracketBusters contest – to Coastal Carolina, that is. The pairings for the annual event, which pits potential NCAA Tournament hopefuls against one another, were announced via live ESPNU broadcast on Monday night.

January 30, 2012
Murphy pours in record-setting 50 points, Tech rolls past SIUE
Multiple scoring records fell in Tennessee Tech’s 98-80 victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Monday at Eblen Center as Kevin Murphy poured in 50 points. In the process, the senior guard set a new all-time Tennessee Tech scoring record as well as the Eblen Center record, establishing a new personal career-high as well.

January 29, 2012
Golden Eagles look to avenge December loss to SIU Edwardsville on Monday
Tennessee Tech will take the floor for a rare Monday night affair as Southern Illinois-Edwardsville visits the Eblen Center for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The game will be a rematch of the Cougars’ 83-68 victory over the Golden Eagles earlier this season.

January 28, 2012
Murphy moves into third on career scoring list in loss at MSU
Tennessee Tech led by as many as eight in the second-half, but fell victim to some pinpoint three-point shooting by Morehead State in the closing minutes, falling 56-50 at Johnson Arena on Saturday.

January 27, 2012
Golden Eagles look to continue winning ways in ESPNU contest
Tennessee Tech will attempt to win its third consecutive game and sweep what is known around the Ohio Valley Conference as the ‘Death Valley’ road trip when it faces Morehead State at 2 p.m. CST Saturday. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

January 26, 2012
Spirited, vocal student groups backing Golden Eagles, winning prizes
Vocal, spirited student groups have made a difference this season in providing support for Tennessee Tech's basketball teams in Eblen Center, and will become even more critical as the Golden Eagles head into the final month of the season.

January 26, 2012
Murphy scores career-high 34 points, Tech blitzes Colonels
Kevin Murphy scored a career-high 34 points and Tennessee Tech shot 56 percent from the field en route to an electrifying 82-65 victory over Eastern Kentucky at McBrayer Arena Thursday night.

January 25, 2012
Honor Roll students to be guests at Monday night men's basketball game
High achieving elementary school students will be the special guests of Tennessee Tech on Monday when the Golden Eagle men's basketball team hosts SIU Edwardsville at 7 p.m. in Eblen Center.

January 25, 2012
Golden Eagles look to make move in standings with win at Eastern Kentucky
Positioning in the Ohio Valley Conference race is at stake Thursday night when Tennessee Tech visits Eastern Kentucky in a battle of two clubs in the top five of the league standings.

January 24, 2012
Get 'em here: Discount tickets on sale through Tuesday for OVC Tournament
Planning ahead can save Tennessee Tech basketball fans a little money, and buying from TTU will allow Golden Eagle fans to stand together when the time comes during the OVC Basketball Tournament in Nashville.

January 21, 2012
Tech leads from start to finish in 77-62 win over Southeast Missouri
Tennessee Tech got 26 points from Kevin Murphy and plenty of balance to lead from start-to-finish in a 77-62 Ohio Valley Conference homecourt victory over Southeast Missouri Saturday night.

January 20, 2012
Golden Eagles look to salvage homestand split against red-hot SEMO
Tennessee Tech will look to rebound from a last-second loss at the hands of Jacksonville State Thursday night with a victory against Southeast Missouri on Saturday. The game is the back end of this week’s two-game homestand and is set to tip off at 7:30 p.m. immediately following the women’s game.

January 19, 2012
Several championship teams to be featured at Basketball Alumni Day Feb. 25
Former Golden Eagle men's and women's basketball players are invited back to campus on Saturday, Feb. 25, when the university will host its annual Basketball Alumni Day. Tech hosts Murray State for an OVC doubleheader, and several Tech title teams will be featured.

January 19, 2012
SAAC "Hoops for Heroes" to collect donations at Saturday doubleheader
As part of the Ohio Valley Conference's "Hoops for Heroes" initiative, Tennessee Tech student-athletes will be in the stands at Saturday's doubleheader collecting donations to help send a local wounded warrior and his family to the OVC Tournament.

January 19, 2012
Gamecocks escape Eblen Center with 63-62 victory as time expires
Jacksonville State got a three-point play as the buzzer sounded to stun Tennessee Tech and claim a one-point Ohio Valley Conference Thursday night in Eblen Center despite Jud Dillard's fifth double-double of the season.

January 18, 2012
Whiteout conditions expected in Eblen Center as Jacksonville State visits
The forecast calls for a Blizzard as Tennessee Tech returns home to the Eblen Center, where it has won five consecutive games, for Thursday night’s 7 p.m. matchup with Jacksonville State.

January 14, 2012
Huge effort by Golden Eagles not quite enough to halt No. 14 Racers
Round One between two of the Ohio Valley Conference basketball heavyweights went to home-standing No. 14 Murray State Saturday night, 82-74, but Tennessee Tech -- and Golden Eagle fans -- will host the Racers on Feb. 25.

January 12, 2012
Check ahead: Tickets sold out for Murray State doubleheader
Tennessee Tech’s men’s basketball game at Murray State on Saturday is sold out, Murray State officials reported Thursday.

January 12, 2012
Golden Eagles set to clash with No. 14 Murray State on ESPNU
The national spotlight falls upon Tennessee Tech Saturday as the Golden Eagles visit undefeated Murray State in a 5 p.m. ESPNU-televised contest that is also rife with Ohio Valley Conference implications.

January 11, 2012
Eblen Center under "blizzard" advisory for two upcoming games
Whether or not the weather outside cooperates won't matter -- there is a "blizzard" advisory being posted for Eblen Center for a pair of upcoming games. Tech expects more than flurries when Jacksonville State visits, Jan. 19 and 23.

January 9, 2012
Murphy receives weekly award from College Sports Madness
Tennessee Tech senior guard Kevin Murphy has been named Player of the Week in the Ohio Valley Conference by CollegeSportsMadness.com, the web site announced Monday.

January 7, 2012
Golden Eagles subdue Morehead State in tough OVC battle in Eblen Center
Kevin Murphy scored 24 points and dished out six assists to help Tennessee Tech fight off a scrappy Morehead State squad, 66-55, in a rematch of last year's OVC Tourney title game.

January 6, 2012
Rematch of OVC title game in store as Morehead State visits
It’s a rematch of the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference championship game as Tennessee Tech welcomes Morehead State into Eblen Center for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off Saturday.

January 5, 2012
All Golden Eagle conference games to be streamed on OVCSports.tv
Fans who are unable to attend Tennessee Tech basketball games can watch live on OVCSports.tv, beginning with tonight’s men’s game against Tennessee State.

January 5, 2012
Lights Out: Golden Eagle firepower tops Tennessee State in shootout
Three Golden Eagles topped 20 points as Tennessee Tech treated its home crowd to a 92-86 OVC win over Tennessee State in the Eblen Center in the team's first home game in nearly a month.

January 4, 2012
Fans encouraged to recycle when they attend events in Eblen Center
Through a partnership between Golden Eagle Athletics and R-Cubed Environmental Solutions, fans attending events in Tennessee Tech's Eblen Center are being encouraged to recycle cans and bottles.

January 4, 2012
Road swing ends, Golden Eagles return home to face Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech returns home after a six-game road swing to host in-state rival Tennessee State at 7 p.m. Thursday in Eblen Center.

January 2, 2012
Lunch plans? Sidelines Lunch resumes Tuesday with TTU basketball coaches
After a two-week holiday break, the Sidelines Lunch featuring Tennessee Tech basketball coaches Sytia Messer and Steve Payne resumes Tuesday in the Eagles Nest of Eblen Center. The public is welcome.

January 2, 2012
WCTE TV to air 10 Golden Eagle basketball games starting Thursday
WCTE TV has announced plans to televise 10 Tennessee Tech basketball games during the 2011-12 regular season, a program lineup that includes five men's games and five women's games on the PBS station.

December 31, 2011
"Take A Kid To The Game" is Thursday in Tech's Eblen Center
Tennessee Tech will host "Take A Kid To The Game" on Thursday night, Jan. 5, when the men's basketball team hosts Tennessee State at 7 p.m. in Eblen Center. Get one free youth admission with each adult admission.

December 31, 2011
Teamwork leads Golden Eagles to 23-point league win over Skyhawks
Solid teamwork, with everybody playing his role to near-perfection, led the Tennessee Tech men's basketball squad to a satisfying, year-ending 85-62 OVC victory at UT Martin Saturday afternoon.

December 31, 2011
Tech attempts to even OVC record at UT Martin Saturday
Tennessee Tech will attempt to salvage a split in its league-opening road trip on Saturday at UT Martin.

December 29, 2011
Golden Eagles begin title hunt with OVC opener at SIU Edwardsville
Tennessee Tech, winner of five of its last six games, carries plenty of positive momentum into its Ohio Valley Conference opener at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Thursday.

December 29, 2011
Golden Eagles spar with SIU Edwardsville in OVC opener
The last thing the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team expected in its opening Ohio Valley Conference game of the season was an opponent dropping 51 percent of its shots, but that’s exactly what SIU Edwardsville brought to the table in its first ever conference game

December 23, 2011
Momentum at stake going into conference play as Golden Eagles take on Bethune-Cookman
Tennessee Tech meets Bethune-Cookman Friday looking to wrap up play at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic with a win and enter Ohio Valley Conference play winners of five of its last six games.

December 23, 2011
Golden Eagles leave Las Vegas with 67-59 win, upper bracket championship
Bethune-Cookman made things interesting with a late charge, but Tennessee Tech gutted out a 67-59 victory in the championship game of the upper bracket at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Friday at Orleans Arena.

December 22, 2011
Hot-shooting Golden Eagles get defensive late, blow past Kennesaw State
Tennessee Tech shot a blazing 59 percent from the field Thursday and buckled down defensively in the final 10 minutes en route to an 81-68 victory over Kennesaw State at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic at Orleans Arena.

December 21, 2011
Golden Eagles set sights on strong non-conference finish at Las Vegas Classic
All the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles want for Christmas is two wins at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic to propel them into looming Ohio Valley Conference play.

December 19, 2011
A Day in the life: Golden Eagle basketball senior Bassey Inameti
Ever wonder what the Golden Eagles do when they aren't competing? This series, titled "A Day In The Life", gives fans a chance to go behind-the-scenes with student-athletes. Today, men's basketball senior Bassey Inameti.

December 19, 2011
Murphy nets pair of OVC Player of the Week honors
A week after being named the Mid-Major Player of the Week by CollegeHoops.net, Kevin Murphy has collected a pair of weekly honors from the Ohio Valley Conference and CollegeSportsMadness.com.

December 19, 2011
Three-game winning streak ends at hands of West Virginia, Kevin Jones
Tennessee Tech struggled from the field Monday night and fell victim to another outstanding performance by West Virginia senior forward Kevin Jones in a 72-53 loss to the Mountaineers in the first round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic at WVU Coliseum.

December 18, 2011
West Virginia poses tough test for surging Golden Eagles
Tennessee Tech comes into Monday’s matchup with Big East Conference foe West Virginia on the strength of a three-game winning streak.

December 17, 2011
Come-from-behind effort ousts Evansville, Tech wins third straight
A strong defensive effort down the stretch in the second half lifted Tennessee Tech to a dramatic come-from-behind 72-70 victory over Evansville Satuday at the brand-new Ford Center.

December 17, 2011
Golden Eagles look for third straight victory at Evansville
Coming off back-to-back wins at the Eblen Center, Tennessee Tech now must hit the road for six straight games away from home, beginning with Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. matchup at Evansville.

December 13, 2011
Ticket office holiday hours announced; Tickets make great gifts (hint, hint)
Looking for a Christmas gift? How about tickets to Golden Eagle basketball games? Or treat yourself during the holidays...and beyond. With the busy holidays upon us, check this schedule for when the Athletics Ticket Office will be open.

December 13, 2011
Murphy named Mid-Major Player of the Week by CollegeHoops.net
Tennessee Tech senior guard Kevin Murphy has been named Mid-Major Player of the Week by CollegeHoops.net for his performances in victories over East Tennessee State and Lipscomb.

December 13, 2011
Willemsen's "Video Diary Series" gives fans inside look at gameday
The latest contribution in Tennessee Tech assistant coach Russ Willemsen’s “Video Diary Series” is live and online at CollegeChalktalk.com.

December 10, 2011
Second-half shooting lifts Golden Eagles to overtime win over Lipscomb
Tennessee Tech shot 51 percent from the field in the second period to overcome an eight-point halftime deficit, force overtime and beat Lipscomb 89-87 Saturday night at Eblen Center.

December 9, 2011
Golden Eagles host Lipscomb Saturday, look for second straight win
After turning in its best performance of the season Wednesday in an 83-74 victory over East Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech will attempt to make it two in a row against another in-state rival Saturday at Eblen Center.

December 7, 2011
Golden Eagles open homestand with longtime rival East Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech returns to the Eblen Center this week for a two-game homestand against a pair of in-state rivals, beginning with East Tennessee State on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., immediately after the women’s game.

December 7, 2011
Team effort, led by Murphy, leads to 83-74 win over East Tennessee
Tennessee Tech shared the ball, rebounded and shot well. It was a perfect formula for a convincing 83-74 Golden Eagle victory Wednesday night over East Tennessee State in Eblen Center.

December 3, 2011
Early second-half surge lifts Duquesne over Golden Eagles
Tennessee Tech discovered its shooting stroke in the final minutes of Saturday night’s game at Duquesne, but it was too little too late for the Golden Eagles to overcome their Atlantic 10 foes.

December 2, 2011
Murphy, Dillard net November honors from national web site
Two Tennessee Tech players have been named all-conference selections for the month of November by CollegeHoopsNet.com, the web site announced Friday.

December 1, 2011
Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne awaits Golden Eagles Saturday
Tennessee Tech faces an opponent from a high-major conference for the second time this season when it travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Duquesne in a 6 p.m. CST tip-off Saturday night.

November 27, 2011
Sunday matinee awaits Golden Eagles, Wilberforce
Tennessee Tech's Sunday game against Wilberforce will tip at an unusual time -- 4 p.m. -- at Eblen Center.

November 27, 2011
Wilberforce takes Tech to the limit; Golden Eagles win 84-83
Upstart Wilberforce University, a tiny NAIA school, took Tennessee Tech to the limit Sunday evening in Eblen Center before the Golden Eagles prevailed, 84-83, behind big scoring efforts from Kevin Murphy and Jud Dillard.

November 25, 2011
Golden Eagles host Lamar, head coach Pat Knight on Friday
On the heels of an energizing 62-57 overtime victory at High Point Tuesday, Tennessee Tech returns home for a holiday weekend homestand beginning Friday.

November 25, 2011
Visiting Lamar deals Golden Eagles homecourt loss
Lamar used swarming defense and several second-half streaks to pull away from Tennessee Tech Friday night and hand the Golden Eagles an 85-65 loss in Eblen Center.

November 22, 2011
Tech looks to avenge 2010 home loss on road at High Point
The Golden Eagles are looking to avenge an 11-point loss suffered at the hands of the Panthers a season ago at Eblen Center.

November 22, 2011
Golden Eagles turn halftime deficit upside down, win in overtime at High Point
The Thanksgiving holiday got off to a rollicking start for Tennessee Tech Tuesday as the Golden Eagles overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to rally past homestanding High Point in overtime, 62-57.

November 19, 2011
Appalachian State trims Golden Eagles in Eblen Center
Visiting Appalachian State used hot shooting to get a lead, then withstood a furious Tennessee Tech rally to edge the Golden Eagles, 68-63, Saturday night in Eblen Center despite big nights from Kevin Murphy and Jud Dillard.

November 18, 2011
Golden Eagles host Appalachian State in BracketBuster return game
Coming off Steve Payne’s first official victory at the helm of the Golden Eagles Tuesday against Reinhardt, Tennessee Tech steps up in competition to host Appalachian State at 7 p.m. Saturday night in Eblen Center.

November 18, 2011
Highly-touted Johnson signs with Golden Eagles
Tennessee Tech added a fourth early-period signee this week, receiving a National Letter of Intent from Jay Johnson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Versailles, Ky.

November 16, 2011
Seven-footer Eric Weisenbach signs with Tennessee Tech
Tennessee Tech added 7-foot center Eric Weisenbach to its growing list of early-period signees recently, head coach Steve Payne announced.

November 15, 2011
Fresh off close call at Miami, Golden Eagles open home slate against Reinhardt
After leading Miami (Fla.) for the majority of the second half in Friday’s season-opener, Tennessee Tech returns to the friendly confines of Eblen Center for its home opener against Reinhardt at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

November 15, 2011
Golden Eagles top Reinhardt to give Payne first TTU career win
Five players scored in double figures and the Golden Eagles shot 64 percent as Tennessee Tech claimed a 94-64 win over Reinhardt College Tuesday night in the team's home opener in Eblen Center.

November 11, 2011
Late rally lifts Miami Hurricanes over Golden Eagles in season opener
The Miami Hurricanes used a lucky bounce and a late rally to pull out a 69-58 victory over Tennessee Tech Friday night in Steve Payne's first official game as Golden Eagle head coach.

November 10, 2011
Anthony Morse gives Tech second early-period signee
Another prospect from the state of Georgia has chosen to make Tennessee Tech his college basketball home.

November 9, 2011
Sharpshooter Shaqueille Calhoun signs with Tennessee Tech
Three-point sharpshooter Shaqueille Calhoun signed with Tennessee Tech on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period, Golden Eagle head coach Steve Payne announced.

November 8, 2011
WHUB to air weekly Coach's Show with Messer, Payne each Wednesday
Tennessee Tech basketball coaches Sytia Messer and Steve Payne will join Roger Ealey each week on WHUB am 1400 for the weekly TTU Coach's Show, airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

November 8, 2011
Payne to make head coaching debut as Golden Eagles open at Miami
The Steve Payne era is set to officially get underway at Tennessee Tech this weekend as the Golden Eagles prepare to open the 2011-12 season with a 6 p.m. CST tip Friday at Miami (Fla.).

November 7, 2011
Murphy named one of top "under-the-radar" players by CBS Sports
CBSSports.com, which picked Tennessee Tech to win the Ohio Valley Conference earlier this fall, has named senior guard Kevin Murphy one of the top 30 “under-the-radar” players in the nation.

November 6, 2011
Basketball Poster Nights at two home games in November
First Tennessee Bank will host Poster Night at the first women's and men's basketball home games of the 2011-12 season in Eblen Center, with free TTU schedule posters for Golden Eagle fans.

November 4, 2011
On heels of late-season 2010-11 run, Golden Eagles ready to soar higher
For a four-week stretch late in the 2010-11 season, Steve Payne caught a glimpse of what his team could be capable of accomplishing.

November 4, 2011
Riggins named OVC's 'Incoming Sleeper' by ESPN
Media outlets have showered praise on Tennessee Tech’s top returnees this fall, but it was freshman forward Ryon Riggins who recently drew praise from ESPN in its Ohio Valley Conference preview.

November 3, 2011
Men's basketball welcomes fans to open practice Saturday
Tennessee Tech fans on campus for Saturday’s Homecoming football game are invited to duck inside the Eblen Center and catch a glimpse of the Golden Eagles on the hardwood in an open practice session Saturday morning.

November 2, 2011
Golden Eagle assistant featured contributor on CollegeChalkTalk.com
For the third consecutive season, college basketball fans around the nation can get an insight into the Tennessee Tech program through assistant coach Russ Willemsen’s regular contributions to CollegeChalkTalk.com.

November 1, 2011
Start times for 2011-12 Golden Eagle basketball games announced
Tennessee Tech has announced the starting times for all Golden Eagle basketball games during the 2011-12 season, home and away. The season begins Monday with a women's exhibition game.

November 1, 2011
Men's basketball team looking for a few good.....Golden Eagle Ball Boys
Area boys interested in serving as Golden Eagle Ball Boys during the 2011-12 basketball season in Eblen Center are invited to attend an organizational meeting Saturday morning. The group is open to all boys, ages 8 through 12.

October 27, 2011
USA Today names Swansey OVC Preseason Player of the Year
Preseason accolades continue to pour in for Tennessee Tech, and this time, it’s senior guard Zac Swansey garnering high honors from a national media source.

October 26, 2011
Payne, Messer speak to Cookeville Noonday Rotary Club
Tennessee Tech head basketball coaches Steve Payne and Sytia Messer implored Cookeville Noonday Rotary Club members to support both Golden Eagle squads in the upcoming 2011-12 season at the organization’s Wednesday meeting.

October 25, 2011
Murphy Preseason OVC Player of the Year; Golden Eagles picked second
Tennessee Tech's Kevin Murphy has been picked as the OVC Player of the Year in the annual preseason poll of league coaches and SIDs, and is joined on the team by Zac Sawnsey. Tech is pegged for a second-place finish.

October 21, 2011
Hoop Troop forming: New kids' fan club for Tech Basketball teams
Young basketball fans are invited to join a brand new, official kids club to follow Tennessee Tech Basketball in 2010-11. The Hoop Troop is for fans ages 3 through 18, and a membership includes many benefits.

October 14, 2011
Tickets for OVC-hosted NCAA Tournament games go on sale Saturday
Tickets for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Second- and Third-Round games to be held in Nashville, and hosted by the Ohio Valley Conference, will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Saturday.

October 13, 2011
Golden Eagles open practice, launch OVC title quest
One of the most anticipated Tennessee Tech basketball seasons in recent memory officially begins Saturday with the start of practice around the Division I college basketball landscape.

October 7, 2011
Golden Eagles feeling preseason love from national media
Preseason prognostications are rolling in from college basketball’s national media, and the consensus is that Tennessee Tech is a favorite to win the Ohio Valley Conference.

October 6, 2011
Three Golden Eagles honored by College Sports Madness
With the official start of practice just more than a week away, the preseason accolades have begun coming in for Tennessee Tech.

October 5, 2011
ESPNU to televise at least two Tennessee Tech men's basketball games
Tennessee Tech will play at least two games in front of a national audience on the ESPN networks during the 2011-12 season, with the potential for several more.

September 28, 2011
Tech part of largest Sears BracketBusters field ever
Tennessee Tech will be one of 142 teams to take part in this year's Sears BracketBusters and will have a chance to receive national exposure on an ESPN network as part of the event.

September 28, 2011
Getting to know Golden Eagle guard Zach Bailey
In the continuing series of Getting to Know Tech's student-athletes, this installment looks into the personality of men's basketball player Zach Bailey.

September 22, 2011
Games at Miami, West Virginia, Las Vegas Classic highlight 2011-12 slate
Games against squads from the ACC, Big East and Atlantic 10 as well as a trip to the iBN Sports Las Vegas Classic highlight Tennessee Tech’s 2011-12 non-conference men’s basketball schedule.

September 2, 2011
Former Golden Eagle Newton named Director of Basketball Operations
Charles Newton believes he still has a lot to accomplish at Tennessee Tech.

August 20, 2011
Legendary NAIA head coach Happy Osborne completes Tech staff
Tennessee Tech head men’s basketball coach Steve Payne has added national championship NAIA head coach Happy Osborne to his staff for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

August 10, 2011
National blog "Rush the Court" puts Tech first in OVC power rankings
Tennessee Tech returns four starters from a team that rode a late-season hot streak all the way to the Ohio Valley Conference championship game in 2010-11, and the national press is taking notice.