COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team returns to Eblen Center Wednesday evening for a match-up against High Point at 7 p.m. The contest will mark the start of six consecutive home games for Tech, going through January 2.
Coming off of a huge come-from-behind, 64-62 victory at Jacksonville State on Saturday, the Golden Eagles will be riding a two-game win streak into Wednesday night. Junior Kevin Murphy saw two double-figure scoring games last week, hanging 20 points and seven rebounds on SIU Edwardsville last Wednesday and going 12-and-5 against Jacksonville State, leading the team in rebounds for both events.
Senior Alfred Jones will be looking to build upon a dominating performance against JSU, when he led the team in scoring with 14 total points and chipped in with four boards of his own. Tech is now holding a 2-3 overall record, 1-0 in the OVC.
Big South opponent High Point has also won its past two games, both at home against conference opponents Gardner-Webb and UNC-Asheville. The Panthers are now 2-0 in the Big South and 4-3 overall.
HPU’s head coach Scott Cherry is in his second season at High Point, but boasts plenty of experience – some of which will be useful in facing off against the Golden Eagles. Cherry was a member of the 2002-03 coaching staff at Tennessee Tech under current head coach Mike Sutton, and coaching current TTU assistant coach DeAntoine Beasley as a player. The team went 20-12 that season, recording its third consecutive 20+ win season, and went on to participate in the OVC title game.
“As always, we’re looking to be challenged by our non-conference schedule,” Sutton said. “The Big South conference is home to several respectable opponents including High Point, and we know it’s not a game to be looked at lightly.
“I know from having worked with Scott [Cherry] that his potential as a head coach is limitless,” Sutton continued. “It will be exciting to see him in action with his team when they come to Cookeville.”
Wednesday’s event will be the first tip off in program history between Tech and High Point.
Fans who can’t make it to the Hoop to watch the game can follow the Live Stats here, or listen to Roger Ealey broadcasting on the Golden Eagle Sports Network.