2012-13 Golden Eagle Men's Basketball Headlines

June 24, 2013
Boys' basketball camp continues successful run at Tech
Youth camps at Tennessee Tech have been keeping the Golden Eagle coaching staffs busy this summer. The boys' individual camp under head coach Steve Payne is underway, while events are still on tap in July for baseball and football.

June 8, 2013
Men's basketball team helps out at local food bank
The men's basketball team is back to its helping ways as several members of the Golden Eagle squad assisted at the United Methodist Church God's Grace Food Pantry Friday morning.

May 31, 2013
2013 Steve Payne Golden Eagle Basketball Camp closing in
The Tennessee Tech men’s basketball program will kick off its annual individual and team camps early this year, with June 3 marking the start of the first of four camps to be held in June.

May 11, 2013
Golden Eagles add JUCO transfer Dwan Caldwell to newest recruiting class
Another week, another signee for the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team as the Golden Eagles announced the signing of Antelope Valley Community College big man Dwan Caldwell.

May 8, 2013
Josiah Moore to play in Far East with Reach USA team
Although he has yet to play a minute on the court as a member of the Golden Eagles, sophomore guard Josiah Moore will represent the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team this summer on an eight-game tour of the Far East as a member of the Reach USA team.

May 1, 2013
Golden Eagle men's basketball team announces first spring signee
After adding two solid future contributors to the Golden Eagle program in the late fall, the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team has not let up, announcing its first spring signing in the form of Prime Prep Academy guard Shirmane Thomas.

March 16, 2013
Dillard earns All-OVC nod from collegehoopsdaily.com
After wrapping up a highly distinguished career as a member of the Tennessee Tech basketball team, guard Jud Dillard is still being recognized for his leadership and performance on the court, being named to collegehoopsdaily.com's All-OVC team.

March 5, 2013
Taylor Hennigan recognized with National Football Foundation honor
Tennessee Tech defensive back Taylor Hennigan was one of seven collegiate players honored Monday night at the 47th annual awards dinner held by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

March 5, 2013
Golden Eagles Dillard, Samarrippas garner All-OVC selections
With the 2012-13 regular season officially in the books for the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team, little remains but honoring those players who stood out most in the eyes of the Ohio Valley Conference coaches and sports information directors.

March 3, 2013
Kevin Murphy: Jazz rookie featured on team's website with 20 questions
Former Tennessee Tech standout Kevin Murphy is featured on the Utah Jazz website, as the team has posed 20 questions for their rookie.

March 2, 2013
Tech ends season on high note, tops Morehead State on Senior Night
Dennis Ogbe pumped in a career-high 26 points and Jud Dillard added 23 as Tennessee Tech wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a 72-66 OVC victory over Morehead State Saturday night.

March 1, 2013
Golden Eagles say goodbye to 2013 senior class in regular season finale
With a glimmer of hope still remaining for a playoff spot in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team knows that Saturday's game is more than just the regular season finale and Senior Farewell.

February 28, 2013
Golden Eagles handed 69-54 loss by Eastern Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky used a 16-2 run early in the second half to pull away from Tennessee Tech on the way to a 69-54 victory over the Golden Eagles in Eblen Center.

February 27, 2013
Scouts, Military honored guests at Thursday doubleheader against EKU
Tennessee Tech's doubleheader against Eastern Kentucky Thursday night has grown in importance, with both Golden Eagle teams seeking crucial victories. It's a perfect night to call on military and area scouts to help back Tech. Free admission is offered for Military Appreciation Night and Scout Night.

February 26, 2013
Buy one ticket, get one free for this week's basketball games
With so much at stake for both Tennessee Tech basketball teams, the Athletics Dept. is hosting Fan Appreciation Week for the two OVC doubleheaders. Fans can get a free ticket with each ticket purchased for the Thursday games against EKU and Saturday's doubleheader against Morehead State.

February 26, 2013
Golden Eagles look to stay in OVC playoff hunt when EKU visits Thursday
With just two games left in the 2012-13 regular season, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team controls its own destiny. The mission is simple. Win two more game and make the Ohio Valley Conference tournament field.

February 23, 2013
Golden Eagles look to send Kangaroos hopping back to Missouri
Fresh off a key Ohio Valley Conference win over UT Martin Thursday evening, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will look to keep its momentum rolling with its final non-conference match-up of the season against Missouri-Kansas City Saturday night.

February 23, 2013
Golden Eagles win fourth straight at home, top UMKC Kangaroos by six
Jeremiah Samarrippas hit two clutch 3-pointers late in the second half, forced a turnover in the final minute, and directed Tennessee Tech to its fourth consecutive homecourt victory, a 68-62 non-conference win over UM Kansas City Saturday night in Eblen Center

February 21, 2013
Team effort leads to 15-point Golden Eagle victory over Skyhawks
Tennessee Tech got double digit scoring from four players, led by Dennis Ogbe's career-high 23, to claim an 83-68 victory over UT Martin Thursday and keep alive the Golden Eagles' chances reaching the OVC Tournament.

February 20, 2013
Golden Eagles begin four-game home stand Thursday with UT Martin
With a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament on the line, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will look to take advantage of its one and only meeting against the UT Martin Skyhawks Thursday evening.

February 16, 2013
Golden Eagles look for OVC win in final road contest of 2012-13
MOREHEAD, Ky. - With the second of two Kentucky road games in sight, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will look to take down OVC foe Morehead State Saturday in a battle of two very physical teams.

February 16, 2013
Morehead claims 65-63 win in final seconds over Golden Eagles
MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State scored the winning points with nine seconds left and claimed a 65-63 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Tennessee Tech despite a valiant effort by the Golden Eagles.

February 15, 2013
Eblen Center under "blizzard" advisory for February 23 game vs. UMKC
Whether or not the outside weather cooperates won't matter -- there is a "blizzard" advisory being posted for Eblen Center for next weekend. Tech fans can expect more than flurries when UMKC visits on Saturday, Feb. 23, for a game against Steve Payne's Golden Eagles.

February 14, 2013
Golden Eagles look for fifth straight against EKU, travel north to Richmond
With a trip north against two of three Kentucky OVC programs on the weekend's agenda, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will wrap up its road schedule for the 2012-13 season with contests at Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State.

February 14, 2013
EKU pulls away late to down Golden Eagles, 80-69
RICHMOND, Ky. - A close-fought battle the entire game, Eastern Kentucky pulled away late as the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team fell, 80-69, in the first of a two-game, OVC road swing into Kentucky this weekend.

February 9, 2013
Golden Eagles return home for rematch against the Gamecocks
It's crunch time for the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team, as it hosts the Jacksonville State Gamecocks Saturday night looking for a much-needed Ohio Valley Conference win to stay in the hunt for a berth in the post-season tournament.

February 9, 2013
Four in double figures lift Golden Eagles to 79-64 win over Gamecocks
Tennessee Tech used a huge rebounding advantage and margin at the free throw line to claim a 78-64 OVC victory over Jacksonville State Saturday night in Eblen Center. Jud Dillard's ninth double-double of the season led the Golden Eagles.

February 6, 2013
Communiversity Night Saturday when Gamecocks visit Eblen Center
All Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce members can receive up to eight free tickets for Saturday's doubleheader vs. Jacksonville State as Tennessee Tech celebrates Communiversity Night in Eblen Center.

February 5, 2013
Youth basketball players invited guests at Saturday doubleheader
All area Youth basketball teams and players are invited to be special guests of the Golden Eagle basketball teams Saturday evening when Tech hosts an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader against Jacksonville State. Hoop Troop members are also invited to an afternoon meet-and-greet with the players.

February 4, 2013
Golden Eagles to host UMKC in Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster
For the eighth and final time, the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team has been matched up for its annual ESPN BracketBuster game, sponsored this season by Ramada Worldwide. The Golden Eagles will host the Kangaroos of Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday, Feb. 23.

February 2, 2013
First half effort not enough as Tech falls to Belmont on the road, 74-52
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team couldn't quite play spoiler on Homecoming night for the Belmont Bruins, as a strong first-half effort wasn't enough to overcome the OVC's top team. Belmont tightened up its game and went on to win, 74-52.

February 1, 2013
Golden Eagles return to Nashville for OVC rematch vs. Belmont
For the second straight game, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will get a second chance against a squad from Nashville. The Golden Eagles take on the Belmont Bruins Saturday evening in a 7 p.m. CST tilt with nothing but a win on their minds.

February 1, 2013
Ogbe earns CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team honors
Tennessee Tech junior forward Dennis Ogbe, an electrical engineering major with a 3.86 GPA, has been selected CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team for his success both on the hardwood and in the classroom.

January 31, 2013
Golden Eagles fall 84-65 despite career-night by Ogbe
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the Tennessee State Tigers and Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles men’s basketball programs meet, fans know what to expect; a hard-fought, physical battle that leaves both teams both physically and mentally drained.

January 30, 2013
We meet again: Golden Eagles prepped for Tennessee State rematch
Following two dominating defensive efforts, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team hits the road for a pair of games in the Music City, beginning with a rematch with the Tennessee State Tigers on Thursday.

January 29, 2013
Golden Eagle basketball teams featured at Chamber of Commerce gathering
Tech women's basketball head coach Jim Davis and assistant men's coach Russ Willemsen, along with a couple of players, were the featured guests Tuesday morning at the Chamber of Commerce gathering.

January 29, 2013
Tennessee Education Lottery continues to support Tennessee Tech
The Tennessee Education Lottery presented a commemorative check to Tennessee Tech in recognition of its support for the university and Golden Eagle Basketball.

January 26, 2013
Dillard, Golden Eagles take down Governors, 70-52
Jud Dillard nearly completed a triple-double leading Tennessee Tech with 23 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as the Golden Eagles claimed a convincing 70-52 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Austin Peay Saturday night in Eblen Center.

January 25, 2013
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 local warriors to the OVC Tournament.

January 25, 2013
Something old: Golden Eagles continue in-state OVC rivalry with Austin Peay
Nothing would be bigger for the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team than to grab its first home victory in Ohio Valley Conference play over long-time, in-state rival Austin Peay. The two meet Saturday evening in Eblen Center.

January 24, 2013
All-session tickets for OVC Tournament on sale through Jan. 31 for just $60
Tennessee Tech fans planning to follow the Golden Eagles to Nashville for the OVC Basketball Tournament have until Jan. 31 to purchase all-session tickets at the discounted price of $60. Tickets are available at the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center.

January 24, 2013
Golden Eagles come up short against Racers in Eblen Center
Tennessee Tech couldn't overcome 25 percent shooting Thursday night, and a valiant effort left the Golden Eagles on the short end of a 47-39 Ohio Valley Conference contest with Murray State in Eblen Center.

January 23, 2013
National television audience highlights rivalry game vs. Murray State
For basketball fans, it doesn't get much better than Thursday night as the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team continues its bitter rivalry with the Racers of Murray State in front of a national TV audience, courtesy of ESPNU.

January 21, 2013
Johnson honored as adidas® OVC Freshman of the Week for third time
As the saying goes, all good things come in threes. For Tennessee Tech men's basketball player Lanerryl Johnson, it couldn't be more true as the redshirt freshman picked up his third adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year award.

January 19, 2013
Golden Eagles look for fourth straight at Show Me Center, SEMO
Following a week off from action, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will return to the hardwood Saturday evening when it makes the trip to the Show Me Center for a road contest against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks.

January 19, 2013
Great team effort not enough as Golden Eagles fall at SEMO, 74-62
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Four Golden Eagles put up double digits in the scoring column Saturday night, but the effort proved to fall just short as Southeast Missouri took down the Golden Eagles, 74-62, in OVC action.

January 17, 2013
Golden Eagle assistant Russ Willemsen participating in "Shots from the Heart"
For the second straight year, Tennessee Tech men’s basketball assistant coach Russ Willemsen is taking part in the “Shots from the Heart” free throw tournament presented by CollegeInsider.com, the Skip Prosser Foundation.

January 12, 2013
Golden Eagles set for SIU Edwardsville, third Illinois road test of the season
With a view of the St. Louis Arch not far away, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team is hoping it can use its first Ohio Valley Conference victory as a gateway to another win as the team takes on the Cougars of SIUE in Edwardsville, Ill. Saturday evening.

January 12, 2013
Comeback attempt falls short as Cougars shut down Golden Eagles 58-54
A second straight come-from-behind victory looked to be within reach for the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team, but the SIU Edwardsville Cougars held on for a 58-54 Ohio Valley Conference victory Saturday night, sending the Golden Eagles home with a 1-1 split on its most recent road trip.

January 10, 2013
Golden Eagles square off against Eastern Illinois in Land of Lincoln
While revenge would certainly be an understandable weapon for the Golden Eagles to wield coming into this year’s match-up against the Panthers of Eastern Illinois, Tech is more likely to use a much different approach.

January 10, 2013
Ain't no mountain high enough: Golden Eagles erase 15-point deficit for first OVC win
Mitchell Hill provided a timely spark as the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team earned its first Ohio Valley Conference victory of the 2012-13 season Thursday night, taking down the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 77-73 behind career nights from Hill, Jeremiah Samarrippas, and Jud Dillard.

January 8, 2013
Former Golden Eagle Kevin Murphy recalled to Utah Jazz
Following a successful month and a half spent in the National Basketball Association's Developmental League, former Golden Eagle great Kevin Murphy will get another stint at the top level after receiving a call up from the Utah Jazz.

January 7, 2013
Johnson claims his second adidas® OVC Freshman of the Week honor
Less than one month removed from his first adidas® OVC Freshman of the Week award, Tennessee Tech guard Lanerryl Johnson finds himself once again at the podium with his second such honor of the 2012-13 season.

January 5, 2013
Something new: OVC rivalry with Belmont begins Saturday night
The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will host the Belmont Bruins Saturday night in Eblen Center. The Golden Eagles look to remain perfect against the Bruins, owning an 11-0 all-time record against the in-state rival who joins the OVC this season.

January 5, 2013
Belmont scorches nets, beats Golden Eagles in Eblen Center
The Belmont Bruins used sensational first-half shooting to build a huge lead and cruised to an 83-52 victory over Tennessee Tech Saturday night in Eblen Center in Ohio Valley Conference play.

January 3, 2013
Golden Eagles return to nest Thursday for OVC tilt against TSU Tigers
Making its return to the friendly confines of the Eblen Center after nearly three weeks on the road, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will look to begin 2013 with a win Thursday night over visiting in-state rival Tennessee State.

January 3, 2013
Golden Eagles downed in OVC battle with Tennessee State, 72-66
Tennessee Tech got a career-high 22 points from Jeremiah Samarrippas, 21 from Lanerryl Johnson and a career-high 13 rebounds from Dennis Ogbe, but couldn't overtake visiting Tennessee State Thursday night, falling by six in an OVC contest in Eblen Center.

January 2, 2013
Still a deal: Season tickets for remainder of TTU games on sale through Saturday
Season tickets for the remaining 12 nights and 17 games of Tennessee Tech basketball in Eblen Center are on sale through Saturday, and still represent a savings over individual game tickets.

January 2, 2013
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 2012-13 regular season, a program lineup that includes five men's games and five women's games on the PBS station.

December 29, 2012
Gamecocks down Golden Eagles in OVC opener, 83-62
Defense wins championships, or at the very least wins games at that is precisely what Jacksonville State proved against the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team in Saturday afternoon's Ohio Valley Conference opener.

December 28, 2012
Golden Eagles to open OVC play with tilt at Jacksonville State
Conference play begins for the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team Saturday with a match-up against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. The game marks the fifth and final game in a brutal five-game road stretch for the Golden Eagles as they look to move back above the .500 mark.

December 22, 2012
Road Trip Radar: Tech faces No. 24 Oklahoma State in Game 4
In the latest installment of a five-game road stretch, the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles will travel to Stillwater, Okla. to take on the No. 24 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday. The meeting marks the first between the two programs in school history.

December 22, 2012
No. 24 Oklahoma State Cowboys round up Golden Eagles, 78-42
It’s easy to see why Oklahoma State named their mascot Pistol Pete, as the No. 24 ranked Cowboys used hot shooting from both the field and 3-point line to down the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 78-42 Saturday afternoon.

December 18, 2012
Golden Eagles drop non-conference contest at Auburn
Tennessee Tech had a tough night from long range Tuesday, hitting just 1-for-18, and Auburn took advantage of a huge advantage at the free throw line to claim an 81-62 victory in Auburn Arena.

December 17, 2012
Road Trip Radar: Game 3 pits Tech against SEC member Auburn
It's game three in the midst of a five-game road stretch for the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team. With stops in North Carolina and Wisconsin already checked off the list, the Golden Eagles will travel south to take on the Auburn Tigers in Alabama Tuesday night.

December 17, 2012
Lanerryl Johnson wins his first OVC co-Freshman of the Week honor
Tennessee Tech redshirt freshman Lanerryl Johnson has been voted co-winner of the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week award. The Golden Eagle ballhandler is currently the top-scoring freshman in the league.

December 15, 2012
Hot shooting gives Golden Eagles 69-58 win over Milwaukee
Hot shooting helped the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team claim a 69-58 road win at Milwaukee Saturday night, with four players scoring in double digits.

December 14, 2012
On the road again, Golden Eagles take on the Panthers in Milwaukee
Game two of a five-game road trip for the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team tips off in Milwaukee, Wis. Saturday evening as the Golden Eagles will take on their third Horizon League opponent of the season, the Milwaukee Panthers.

December 8, 2012
Runnin’ Bulldogs run by Golden Eagles, 61-41
Gardner-Webb took home court advantage to another level Saturday evening, using a loud crowd presence and hot shooting to drop the Golden Eagles, 61-41.

December 7, 2012
Dillard featured in CollegeInsider.com spotlight video
CollegeInsider.com, one of the leading websites in basketball polls, awards, and coverage, put together a video recently, giving fans a spotlight look at Tennessee Tech senior guard Jud Dillard.

December 7, 2012
Golden Eagles set to begin five-game road trip at Gardner-Webb
On the heels of a two-game home stand and two-game win streak, the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, will look to complete a perfect week and go 3-0 with match-up against the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb.

December 6, 2012
Golden Eagles lay out welcome mat for first time foe Green Bay
Following the footsteps of a much-needed victory over Berea Monday evening, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team looks to make it two in a row Thursday night, as it hosts Green Bay as part of a doubleheader in Eblen Center.

December 6, 2012
Johnson, Dillard lead Golden Eagles to 74-68 victory over Green Bay
Redshirt freshman Lanerryl Johnson and senior Jud Dillard led the way as Tennessee Tech claimed a tough six-point non-conference victory over Green Bay Thursday night in Eblen Center.

December 5, 2012
Coach's Show with Davis, Payne to air each Thursday on 106.1 The Eagle
Tennessee Tech basketball coaches Jim Davis and Steve Payne will join Roger Ealey each week on Fox Sports Radio 106.1 The Eagle for the weekly TTU Coach's Show, airing Thursday afternoons.

December 4, 2012
Senior guard Jud Dillard honored by collegehoopsdaily.com
Tennessee Tech men’s hoops player Jud Dillard received another honor this season, being named as one of the Ohio Valley Conference’s best “fantasy” players for the month of December on Sunday by collegehoopsdaily.com.

December 3, 2012
Tech Students: Four free tickets for Thursday's games for family, friends
Tennessee Tech students are being offered four free tickets to Thursday's basketball doubleheader, tickets they can give to family and friends. It's Student Appreciation Night in Eblen Center.

December 3, 2012
Golden Eagle defense stops Berea, Dillard headlines offense
A healthy dose of defense and an offensive spark off the bench from senior Jud Dillard keyed Tennessee Tech to a 69-45 victory over Berea College Monday night in Eblen Center, bumping the Golden Eagles back above the .500 mark.

December 3, 2012
Golden Eagles return home, host Berea in 7 p.m. tilt
The Golden Eagle men's basketball returns home Monday evening, following a two-game road trip that saw the team nearly complete two late comeback attempts. Tech will play host to one of the NAIA's best in a 7 p.m. tilt as Berea College will make the trip from Kentucky to take on the Golden Eagles.

November 30, 2012
Golden Eagles set for road contest at in-state rival Lipscomb
The Golden Eagle men's basketball team will root for history to be on its side in Friday evening's showdown against the Bisons of Lipscomb. Tech owns a commanding 40-5 all-time series lead over its in-state rivals from Nashville and will look to bounce back from a two-game skid.

November 30, 2012
Bisons use late run to cap off 80-64 victory over Golden Eagles
The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team fell to an Ohio Valley Conference quality-like opponent Friday evening, losing to Lipscomb 80-64 in Nashville. The final score didn't tell the whole story, however, as the game was much closer than the 16-point win might indicate.

November 28, 2012
Golden Eagles look to bounce back in Second City tilt with Loyola Chicago
The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will look to bounce back against Loyola Chicago Wednesday night, after suffering its first loss of the season against Evansville last Tuesday evening.

November 28, 2012
Golden Eagles' comeback bid falls short at Loyola Chicago
Down by 13 points with just under 11 minutes to go in the second half, all seemed bleak for the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team, as a blowout loss seemed imminent. The young Golden Eagles fought back in those final 11 minutes, leaving Loyola Chicago fans gasping for air as the final buzzer sounded.

November 25, 2012
Weekly Sidelines Lunch begins Tuesday with coaches Payne, Davis
The weekly Tennessee Tech Basketball Sidelines Lunch begins Tuesday in the Eagles Nest of Eblen Center, featuring Golden Eagle coaches Jim Davis and Steve Payne. The lunch is open to the public.

November 23, 2012
Golden Eagles ink recruit No. 2 for class of 2013
The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team added its second recruit to the class of 2013 Thursday, signing forward LaDon Carter out of Howard Junior College.

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.

November 21, 2012
Golden Eagles sign first recruit of 2013 class
The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team announced its first signing for the class of 2013 Wednesday afternoon, retaining a commitment from Action Sports Academy star Shaqueille Calhoun.

November 20, 2012
Golden Eagles trumped by Purple Aces in Eblen Center
Tennessee Tech’s unbeaten season came to a screeching halt Tuesday night in Eblen Center when the Evansville Purple Aces converted a 22-2 first half run into a 62-50 non-conference victory

November 19, 2012
Dillard named adidas® OVC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Following a week of hard work, close wins, and career-highs, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team added another significant accomplishment to its resume, an adidas® OVC Player of the Week Award in the name of Jud Dillard.

November 19, 2012
Golden Eagles look for first 4-0 start since 1996-97
With an impressive 3-0 start, the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will look to begin the campaign 4-0 for the first time since 1996-97. The Golden Eagles will face off Tuesday night against a feisty Evansville team that nearly beat Tech last season before falling 72-70 at home.

November 17, 2012
Golden Eagles head to Johnson City, Tenn., take on in-state rival ETSU
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Fresh off an impressive 71-69 victory over Coastal Carolina, a force from the Big South Conference, the Golden Eagles hit the road for their first test away from the Eblen Center in the 2012-13 season.

November 17, 2012
Golden Eagles sink Buccaneers behind Dillard double-double
For the second straight game, Tennessee Tech prevailed in a tight, down-to-the-last-buzzer firefight. The Golden Eagles held on against East Tennessee State in the final seconds to pull off a 65-62 win and move to 3-0 for the first time since 2008-09.

November 15, 2012
Golden Eagles host Coastal Carolina in battle of speed and athleticism
Following a 107-32 romp over Crowley’s Ridge in the season opener, the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team prepares for a much tougher challenge on Thursday evening when it will host Coastal Carolina.

November 15, 2012
Golden Eagles edge Coastal Carolina behind Dillard double-double and defense
Jud Dillard had a career-high 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help Tennessee Tech improve to 2-0 with a harrowing 71-69 victory Thursday night over Coastal Carolina in Eblen Center.

November 13, 2012
Willemsen talks about "The Changing of the Guards" for College Chalktalk
Tennessee Tech assistant basketball coach Russ Willemsen recently contributed a piece to College Chalktalk, one of the nation's prime outlets for NCAA hoops coverage, on dealing with the loss of several players.

November 10, 2012
Adjustments to Eblen services designed to help fans find, access their seats
Fans attending basketball games in Eblen Center this season will be greeted by streamlined services designed to help them find their seats, and keep their seats available for them.

November 10, 2012
Tech cruises past Crowley's Ridge in season opener, 107-32
Tennessee Tech cruised to a 107-32 victory over Crowley's Ridge Saturday night to open the season, getting scoring from all 10 available players. Jud Dillard led the way with 25 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.

November 8, 2012
First Tennessee hosts annual Basketball Poster Night Saturday
First Tennessee Bank will host Tennessee Tech's annual Basketball Poster Night on Saturday when both Golden Eagle teams open the regular season by hosting a doubleheader in Eblen Center.

November 8, 2012
Golden Eagles set to host Crowley’s Ridge in season opener
Head coach Steve Payne will roll out his second edition of Tennessee Tech men’s basketball Saturday night, when the Golden Eagles open the 2012-13 season by hosting NCCAA opponent Crowley’s Ridge in the second part of a doubleheader.

November 6, 2012
Saturday Special: One ticket admits fans to all three events on campus
It figures to be a special day on the Tennessee Tech campus Saturday, as fans have the opportunity to attend three events -- football, women's basketball and men's basketball games -- all with one ticket.

November 6, 2012
Former Golden Eagle Liam McMorrow drafted by Iowa Energy of NBA D-League
Former Tennessee Tech men’s basketball player Liam McMorrow took one step closer towards his ultimate goal of playing in the National Basketball Association Friday evening, joining the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League Friday evening.

November 1, 2012
Purple Palooza behind them, basketball teams in final week of preparation
With the opening games of the regular season just over a week away, the Tennessee Tech basketball teams have entered their final week of preparations for the 2012-13 season.

October 29, 2012
Former Golden Eagle Kevin Murphy earns roster spot with Utah Jazz
Former Tennessee Tech men’s basketball standout Kevin Murphy has continued to impress the Utah Jazz coaching staff since signing his first career NBA contract with the team just over a month ago.

October 23, 2012
Harris, Dillard named to OVC preseason honor squads
Tennessee Tech seniors Jala Harris and Jud Dillard are among the players honored this season with selection to the preseason All-OVC squads. The teams were announced Tuesday at the annual OVC Media Day. Tech's basketball teams will be on display Thursday night at the first Purple Palooza, a free event in Eblen Center.

October 23, 2012
Golden Eagle men's basketball picked for third in OVC East Division
Despite returning just six players to the 2012-13 squad, the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team still managed to earn some respect from the rest of the Ohio Valley Conference Tuesday morning at the league's annual Media Day.

October 18, 2012
January game vs. Murray State will be nationally televised in Eblen Center
Fans of the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will get a chance to pack the Eblen Center for the second straight season when the Golden Eagles host Murray State. This time they'll have the opportunity to do it in front of a national television audience as the Jan. 24 game has been selected to appear on ESPNU.

October 18, 2012
Men's basketball team to host open intrasquad scrimmage Saturday evening
The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will host its first open scrimmage of the season Saturday, immediately following the home volleyball match against Tennessee State. The scrimmage, which will pit the 2012-13 players against each other.

October 10, 2012
Start times for 2012-13 Golden Eagle basketball games announced
Tennessee Tech has announced the starting times for all Golden Eagle basketball games during the 2012-13 season, home and away. The season begins Nov. 5 with a women's exhibition game.

October 2, 2012
Golden Eagle basketball season ticket sales in high gear
With just over a month remaining before the season opens in Eblen Center, Tennessee Tech Athletics has shifted into high gear with its 2012-13 basketball season ticket sales. Ticket plans provide options for savings amounting to anywhere from $120 to $800, depending on the ticket plan.

September 27, 2012
Basketball to be featured at Purple Palooza on Thursday night
A slam dunk contest, 3-point shootouts, a chance to meet all of the players and coaches, and drawings for exclusive prizes are some of the highlights planned for the first Purple Palooza, a tip-off celebration of Tennessee Tech basketball on Thursday.

September 21, 2012
Men's Basketball lends a helping hand at Algood Tomahawk Trot
The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team took some more time to help out in the community Friday morning, helping out at the Algood Elementary School Tomahawk Trot.

September 21, 2012
Men's Basketball reads at Parkview Book Fair
The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team showed off its reading ability to the students of Parkview Elementary for the second time this season, however, this time parents were present and able to see first hand the experience their children received.

September 20, 2012
Four student-athletes contributors to book of writings
Four Tennessee Tech basketball student-athletes had their works chosen for a recently published book of student writings, and Thursday they had the opportunity to read their work to a gathering for a book launch and signing by the authors.

September 18, 2012
Softball, Men's Basketball teams lauded for academics at Walton House
Tennessee Tech president Philip Oldham and first lady Kari welcomed the Golden Eagle softball and men's basketball teams Tuesday at the Walton House, recognizing the two squads for winning the OVC Team Academic Achievement Award in their sport.

September 18, 2012
Former Golden Eagle Kevin Murphy signs two-year contract with Utah Jazz
It hasn’t been the easiest path, but former Tennessee Tech men’s basketball standout Kevin Murphy has finally achieved what so many players never do; he signed an NBA contract.

September 14, 2012
Golden Eagles host kids of Mustard Seed Ranch at Eblen Center
The Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team continued to show its presence in the Cookeville community on Friday, hosting the kids of Mustard Seed Ranch for lunch and a day of fun activities.

September 9, 2012
Golden Eagle basketball schedule challenging, includes trips to Auburn, Stillwater
The Tennessee Tech men’s basketball 2012-13 campaign won’t be remembered for easy opponents, as the Golden Eagles face rigorous tests in the Big 12, SEC, and Horizon League in addition to the two-division Ohio Valley Conference.

September 5, 2012
Parkview Elementary marks second volunteer stop for men's basketball team
The Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team spent time with a second elementary school last Friday, sharing in lunch time and reading stories to the kindergarten classes of Parkview Elementary School.

August 23, 2012
Men’s basketball team volunteers at Capshaw Elementary School
It feels good to give back. That’s how the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team felt after their trip to Capshaw Elementary School on Wednesday where five team members shared stories about how they began playing basketball with the children.

August 8, 2012
Basketball team adds SMU transfer Jeremiah Samarrippas
Tennessee Tech men’s basketball coach Steve Payne has added another name to the 2012-13 Golden Eagle roster, with the addition of Jeremiah Samarrippas, a transfer from Southern Methodist University.

August 1, 2012
TTU Sports Hall of Fame member Don Cook passes away
Don Cook, a 1984 inductee into the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame, died Monday morning in Maryville, Tenn. He was 83. Funeral services will be held Friday in Cookeville.

July 26, 2012
Tech nets 96 on OVC Honor Roll and 16 Academic Medals; Two teams top Academic lists
Tennessee Tech placed 96 student-athletes on the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, 16 Golden Eagles earned the Medal of Honor for the highest GPA in their sport and two teams won the OVC Team Academic Achievement Award.

July 16, 2012
Hunley nets NABC Honors Court recognition
Riley Hunley is one of five OVC players from the 2011-12 season to be named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, which recognizes those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2011-12 season.

June 14, 2012
Payne to speak in Poland on international coaching tour
Tennessee Tech men’s basketball coach Steve Payne will head to Europe June 13-20 on a coaching tour sponsored by Athletes-in-Action. Payne will be the only American speaker in Poland, addressing audiences four times over a period of three days.

June 6, 2012
Men's basketball individual camp a resounding success
The TTU men's basketball program kicked off its string of summer camps by closing out a successful week of individual camps on Wednesday, June 6. View a photo gallery of individual camp inside.

June 1, 2012
Kloman, Cabrera set to round out men’s basketball staff
Second year head coach Steve Payne has announced the addition of two assistant coaches to the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball staff in Brian Kloman and former Golden Eagle ball player, Rick Cabrera.

May 31, 2012
Payne and staff to host team and individual basketball camps in June
The Tennessee Tech men’s basketball program will kick off its annual individual and team camps earlier than usual this year, with June 3 marking the start of the first of four camps to be held in June.

May 31, 2012
Barnes to compete in East Asia with U.S. Eagles basketball team
Golden Eagle incoming senior Terrell Barnes will be in East Asia from June 3-17 with the U.S. Eagles Men’s Basketball Team, competing with high-level and professional teams in several large cities. The Eagles’ competition schedule is still being finalized.

May 10, 2012
Murphy to Attend Chicago NBA Draft Combine
Tennessee Tech standout Kevin Murphy has been invited to attend the Chicago NBA Draft Combine at the end of this month, as announced by the NBA. Murphy will join the nation’s top ranked players at the combine with the opportunity to showcase his talent prior to the 2012 NBA Draft, scheduled for June 28.

May 8, 2012
Davis moves from student-athlete to staff for TTU basketball
Former standout ball player Frank Davis returns to his alma mater to become the newest addition to the men’s basketball staff, assuming the title of Director of Basketball Operations.

April 30, 2012
Tech Basketball Gets International Commitment From Ammanuel Diressa
Steve Payne’s 2012-13 signing class has expanded once again with a commitment from Ammanuel Diressa, a 6-4 multi-position player from Eastern Commerce high school in Toronto, Canada.

April 27, 2012
Men’s Basketball Snags Big 10 Transfer with Three Seasons Eligibility Remaining
The Golden Eagle men’s basketball roster continues to grow with the addition of Josiah Moore, a Big 10 transfer out of Nebraska. He will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer regulations but will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Golden Eagles.

April 13, 2012
Tech Basketball Signs a Top-150 out of Alabama
DeOndre Haynes finalized a long-standing verbal commitment to Steve Payne’s Golden Eagles for the 2013 season; Haynes spoke with representatives from Ole Miss and Auburn prior to signing his NLI for TTU.

April 10, 2012
Murphy headed to prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
Tennessee Tech's Kevin Murphy is one of 64 outstanding seniors who have been invited to play in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which begins Wednesday.

September 28, 2011
Getting to know Golden Eagle forward Dennis Ogbe
Golden Eagle fans, take a moment to Get To Know men's basketball player Dennis Ogbe, and see how well two teammates know him.