January 3, 2010

Golden Eagles look to make it five straight wins with trip to Eastern Illinois

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CHARLESTON, Ill. – The Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team will put its four-game win streak on the line Monday night when it visits Eastern Illinois in Ohio Valley Conference play. The game tips off at 7:45 and will be broadcast live on WHUB-AM 1400 with Rob Schabert calling the action.

The Golden Eagles enter the contest coming off wins over Ball State, Bryan College, Union College, and Southeast Missouri. Tech visits EIU with a 7-6 record overall, and a 1-1 mark in OVC play. The Panthers are 8-5 on the season, and 2-1 in the OVC.

Tech senior guard Frank Davis has led the Golden Eagles, scoring 14.6 points per game, including four 20-plus point outbursts. Davis has scored 20 or more in Tech’s last two games and the Golden Eagles have shot 50.0 percent or better in each of their last four games.

The Panthers are led by guard Tyler Laser, who leads the team with 14.8 points per game and 20 3-pointers made. EIU is shooting 44.8 percent on the season while holding its opponents to just 39.1 percent from the field.

Eastern Illinois and Tennessee Tech will meet for the 30th time on Monday night with Tech holding a 19-10 series lead. The Golden Eagles split the season series with EIU last year with each team winning on its home court. EIU won 75-58 in Lantz Arena while falling 67-60 at the Eblen Center. Tech has won nine of the last eleven meetings between the two schools.

Both teams enter the game coming off of wins. EIU held on to win a tough defensive contest over Jacksonville State on Saturday night, while Tech improved to 1-1 in the league with a Saturday night win at Southeast Missouri.

Tech will return home for a pair of OVC contests later in the week when Morehead State visits Eblen Center on Jan. 7 and Eastern Kentucky visits Cookeville on Jan. 9.

All season ticket holders can receive an additional four tickets to Tech’s game against Morehead State on Jan. 7, part of a double header with the Tennessee Tech men’s team, as a holiday bonus from the Tennessee Tech athletic department. To claim bonus tickets, or to purchase tickets, visit the Golden Eagle athletics ticket office located in Eblen Center. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling (931) 372-3940 or by visiting TTUsports.com.