Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University bounced back from a 15-point 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.
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.