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Eagles top Colonels 83-81

Eagles top Colonels 83-81

Posted on 25 January 2015 by Allen

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After taking an 11-point lead into the locker room at halftime, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team allowed Tennessee Tech University to hit 13 of its first 14 second half shots and eventually lost in overtime, 83-81, on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles (10-11, 2-6 OVC) used a 12-0 run to turn a 57-49 deficit into a 61-57 lead with 8:08 left in the game. TTU led by as many as four several times down the stretch, including 71-67 on a three-pointer by Aleksa Jugovic with 1:44 left in regulation.

The Colonels (11-8, 3-3 OVC) drew within one on a lay-up and free throw by Corey Walden before Mason Ramsey went to the line for the home team with a chance to put his team up three. He made just one with 19.7 seconds showing on the clock. Walden drew a foul with 4.8 seconds remaining and converted both to tie the game 72-72. Torrence Rowe got off a running jumper in the lane for Tech at the buzzer, but the shot missed.

A steal and a lay-up from Walden gave EKU a 74-73 lead in overtime, but Tennessee Tech scored a pair of baskets to go in front by three. Eric Stutz tied it for the final time on a lay-up with 35.2 seconds left in the extra period. Josiah Moore answered with a baseline jumper on the other end to put Tech back on top with 7.2 seconds to go. Walden got off a long three-point attempt at the buzzer for the win, but the shot hit off the iron.

Walden finished with 22 points, seven assists, three steals and three rebounds. Stutz added 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Timmy Knipp added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Five players scored in double figures for Tech. Charles Jackson finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, his OVC-best 14th double-double of the season. Jugovic hit four three-pointers and had 14 points.

Second half free throw shooting kept both teams from winning the game in regulation. Eastern went 11-of-16 at the stripe while the Golden Eagles hit just 5-of-12.

The Colonels will be back in action on Thursday for a nationally televised game at Murray State. The ESPNU broadcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

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Caldwell leads Tenn Tech past Lipscomb 84-79

Caldwell leads Tenn Tech past Lipscomb 84-79

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee Tech senior Dwan Caldwell has been oh-so-close to posting a double-double five times in his career, missing by a single point or a single rebound each time.

Not so Wednesday night.

Caldwell poured in a career-high 31 points and snatched 10 rebounds, including one of the biggest baskets of the night followed by one of the most critical boards as the Golden Eagles (4-3) claimed an 84-79 non-conference victory over Lipscomb (2-5).

The five-point victory kept the Golden Eagles unbeaten at home in four tries, and pushed Tech’s al-time record in Cookeville against Lipscomb to 22-2.

In a contest which saw each team hold double-digit leads and put together 16-2 runs, a 3-pointer by Caldwell with 1:31 to play halted a late Lipscomb rally and put Tech ahead, 80-75 after the Bisons had closed to within two.

With half-a-minute to play, and still up five, Caldwell went up to nab a defensive rebound, drew a foul and stuck both free throws for an 82-75 lead. Tech’s lead went to nine on a dunk by Javon McKay, which was enough to withstand two tip-in baskets by Lipscomb in the final 11 seconds.

Caldwell was 11-for-18 from the floor and 8-for-10 from the line, and also had three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 34 minutes of action. It was the first 30-point game by a Golden Eagle since Jud Dillard netted 34 on Jan. 10, 2013 at Eastern Illinois.

Charles Jackson was the only other Golden Eagle to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points and four rebounds while being limited to 17 minutes on the floor. He took two quick fouls and sat out nearly the entire first half. The night put a halt to his streak of six consecutive double-doubles.

McKay finished with eight points and a team-best five assists while Shirmane Thomas added six points and four assists. Jordan Johnson also scored six, going 2-for-3 from outside the arc.

Lipscomb shot 50 percent (29-for-58) for the game including 41.7 percent (10-for-24) from long range. The Bisons had four players in double figures, led by Josh Williams with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Brett Wishon added 14, while Malcolm Smith and Talbott Denny had 10 each. Chad Lang scored nine and Nathan Moran chipped in five points and a team-best five assists.

Tech, which owned a hefty rebound edge for the season entering the game, saw Lipscomb build a 41-30 advantage on the glass. Tech forced 21 turnovers and had just eight turnovers.

The Bisons went on their 16-2 run in the first seven minutes to build a double-digit lead at 18-8. After getting up 6-2 out of the gate, Tech missed six of its first seven 3-pointers, and Lipscomb’s long-range game came alive. The visitors hit four consecutive from the perimeter in building the 10-point advantage.

From there, Tech played from behind and kept plugging away. The Golden Eagles got within four a couple of times, only to see the Bisons answer with layups to maintain their cushion.

Finally, freshman Aleksa Jugovic hit a pair of free throws to make it a three-point difference at 34-31, then knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the contest at 34-all with 1:18 to play in the half.

The Bisons led 36-34 at the break.

Lipscomb held a five-point lead early in the second half, before Tech weaved together its own 16-2 stretch, capped by Caldwell with his sixth points of the run. Tech’s lead bobbed between six and 10 points, until Wishon’s 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining cut it to 77-75.

The Golden Eagles look to continue their unbeaten string at home when they host Hiwassee College Sunday at 2 p.m.

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2014 OVC Men’s Basketball Tournament Day 1 Recap

2014 OVC Men’s Basketball Tournament Day 1 Recap

Posted on 06 March 2014 by Allen


Southeast Missouri 79 Eastern Illinois 61

Southeast Missouri’s Tyler Stone scored a game-high 27 points to lead the REdhawks to a commanding 79-61 win over seventh-seeded Eastern Illinois (11-19) Wednesday night in the first round of the OVC Tournament.

Stone, who battled flu-like symptoms Tuesday, guided Southeast to its fifth win in a row as the Redhawks matched their longest winning streak of the season. Southeast also eliminated the Panthers for the second-straight year.

The Redhawks picked up their 18th win, marking just the fourth time they posted 18 or more victories in a season during their NCAA Division I era. Southeast last reached 18 wins in a season in 2000-01 (18-12).

“I thought the difference in tonight’s game was transition basketball and our bench,” said Southeast head coach Dickey Nutt. “I was pleased with how we played overall and was happy to get that first win under our belt.”

The Redhawks advance to the OVC Tournament quarterfinals for the fourth-straight year and will have a date with No. 3 Eastern Kentucky on Thursday at 8 p.m, CT. Southeast will look to repay the Colonels, who used a three-pointer by Glenn Cosey at the buzzer to slip past the Redhawks on Feb. 1.

While Stone turned in his fourth-straight double-double, the Redhawk reserves did their part by outscoring EIU’s bench, 24-0.

EIU scored the first four points of the game, but Southeast went on a 12-0 run to take an eight-point lead with 15:16 left in the first half. Darrian Gray scored his first points at an OVC Tournament on a three-pointer and Jarekious Bradley added five points to key the stretch.

The Redhawks later went scoreless for a 5:03 and the Panthers clawed their way back to pull ahead, 19-17, at the 7:20 mark.

Shortly after that, Southeast countered with Stone scoring five-straight points to kickstart a 19-6 run over the final 6:23. Stone followed his own jumper with a three-pointer and dropped in seven points. Antonius Cleveland also drove the baseline and threw down a one-handed dunk, and converted a three-point play on Southeast’s next possession to give the Redhawks a 39-27 halftime lead.

Southeast drained four three-pointers in the first 6:23 of the second half to help grow its lead to 20. Stone buried two, while Gray and Cleveland chipped in one apiece. Nino Johnson’s dunk then pushed the Redhawks lead to 59-39 with 12:37 on the clock.

The Redhawks led by as many as 22 on two occasions when Stone put down a dunk to make it a 63-41 game (11:09) and made a layup to put Southeast ahead, 74-52, with 4:15 remaining.

Southeast’s 18-point win was its largest in an OVC Tournament game since the Redhawks beat EIU, 78-51 (+21), in the first round of the 1999 Tourney.

Stone shot 11-of-17 from the field and matched a career-high 3-of-4 three-pointers. He also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, dished out one assist, had a steal and gathered three blocks. Stone has gone 44-straight games with 10 or more points.

The Redhawks shot 50 percent (31-of-62) on the night, including a .533 clip (16-of-30) in the second half. Defensively, Southeast held the Panthers under 40 percent (.373).

Tennessee Tech 74 SIU Edwardsville 67

Defense did the job throughout the first half, and balanced scoring combined with unselfish ball-handling took Tennessee Tech to the finish line as the Golden Eagles dispatched SIU Edwardsville, 74-67, Wednesday night in a first round game at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

Senior point guard Jeremiah Samarrippas led the charge with 16 points and a career-high 11 assists, while three Golden Eagle veterans – Javon McKay, Dennis Ogbe and Dwan Caldwell – each contributed 10 points to the victory. In all, nine different players put digits in the scoring column to help Tech advance in the tourney.

The Golden Eagles had to withstand a determined Cougar charge down the stretch in which Tech’s double-figure lead shriveled to four points in the final minutes.

SIUE (11-20), making its first appearance in the OVC Tournament, saw its season come to a close.

The Golden Eagles got help from up-and-down the bench, in addition to the four in double figures. Shirmane Thomas added eight points and four assists, Matt Marseille had a perfect shooting night (2-for-2 from the field and the line) and chipped in with six points and four rebounds. Ladon Carter had six points on 3-for-3 shooting, and Jordan Johnson netted five points and dished out three assists. Caldwell led Tech with nine points, narrowly missing a double-double before drawing his fifth foul.

Tech finished the night with 20 assists on its 25 field goals, directly leading to a 58.1 percent effort from the floor (25-for-43).

Samarrippas matched his career-high with 11 assists, a mark he originally set while playing his freshman season at SMU. His court sense is what gave the Golden Eagles such balance in the scoring department, according to McKay.

“Jeremiah is just finding everybody really well right now,” McKay said. “I think it spreads our offense out a lot more and he has a lot to do with that.”

The defense limited SIUE to 25 percent shooting in the first half as Tech built a 38-22 lead by the intermission.

SIUE attacked the basket in the second half, earning an early 10-1 difference in fouls called against the Golden Eagles. The Cougars shot a crisp 53.6 percent from the field in the second half, but saw their perfect (6-for-6) free throw performance in the first half dip to 12-for-21 in the second half.

Kris Davis led SIUE with 19 points, while Rozell Nunn added 14 points and six rebounds and Donivine Stewart finished with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

After leading by 16 at halftime, the Golden Eagles kept their margin in double digits for all but 20 seconds of the first 13-plus minutes of the second half.

Still up by 10 at 64-54 with 4:14 to play, Tech saw the lead dwindle to four points when SIUE went on a brief 6-0 run to make it 64-60 with 1:55 remaining. The run included turnovers by the Golden Eagles on three consecutive possessions, all while in the paint on the attack.

Samarrippas, who was charged with two of the miscues, hit a crucial 3-pointer with 1:31 to play to push the lead back to seven and give the Golden Eagles enough breathing room to finish the contest at the free throw line.

After Tech made just three of its first six charity tosses down the stretch, Ogbe snatched the biggest rebound of the night with 26 seconds left following a miss by Thomas. It was Tech’s first offensive rebound of the second half, and it allowed the senior from Munich to knock down two free throws and pry open the lead to nine.

The Golden Eagles move ahead to play No. 4 seed Morehead State Thursday at 6 p.m. Tech and Morehead split the season series, with the Golden Eagles claiming a 91-84 victory in Morehead just five night ago.

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Tenn Tech downs Jacksonville State on Senior Night 69-57

Tenn Tech downs Jacksonville State on Senior Night 69-57

Posted on 23 February 2014 by Allen

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The senior class took one final curtain call in Eblen Center Saturday night, posting a 69-57 victory over Jacksonville State that clinched Tennessee Tech a spot in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament next month in Nashville.

Senior Dennis Ogbe took his final bow with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Jeremiah Samarrippas added 13 points. Seniors Matt Marseille and Mitchell Hill were in the starting lineup for their final effort in front of the home fans, and both got into the scoring.

Junior Dwan Caldwell added 13 points and freshman Shirmane Thomas scored 10, both hitting double digits.

Brian Williams was the lone Gamecock in double figures, scoring 13, while Darion Rackley, Mike Louder and Giovanni Smith each scored eight.

Tech, which has won five of its last six games, improved to 15-14 overall and 8-6 in OVC play. Jacksonville State, which took two losses at the hands of coach Steve Payne’s team this season, left tow with a 10-20 overall record and a 4-11 mark in league action.

A 12-2 run late in the first half pushed Tech into a comfortable lead, and they maintained a double-digit advantage the entire second half. Tech was on top by 21 points twice in the game, leading 57-36 with 8:24 to play and again with 7:31 remaining with a 59-38 margin.

The closest JSU got after that was the final 12-point difference.

For the first 10 minutes, Jacksonville managed a slim lead, going up by 12-7 with 13:25 remaining after the teams fought through a span of nearly four scoreless minutes.

Tech took the lead for good when Shirmane Thomas scored a layup with 10:47 to go in the first half, putting his team on top, 15-14. The Golden Eagles crept out further, leading by eight points on a 3-pointer by Javon McKay with 4:13 to play.

Tech closed the half on a 12-2 run to open a 15-point margin at the break, leading 37-22 when the teams went to the dressing rooms. The first half included 51.6 percent shooting (16-for-31) by the home team and a commanding 24-12 edge in rebounds.

Tech cooled off to 39 percent in the second half, finishing the game with a 45.8 percent mark (27-for-59) from the field. JSU shot 37.9 percent (22-for-58) for the game. Both teams hit exactly the same from long range, with Tech going 2-for-10 and JSU posting 4-for-20.

The Golden Eagles owned a 43-34 advantage on the glass, and outscored JSU 44-28 in the paint.

The home schedule now complete, the Golden Eagles take to the road next week for a visit to the league’s two sites known for decades as ‘Death Valley’ with games at Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night and Morehead State Saturday night.

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Tennessee Tech senior foward Dennis Ogbe named Academic All-American

Tennessee Tech senior foward Dennis Ogbe named Academic All-American

Posted on 20 February 2014 by Allen

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Add one more honor to the already impressive trophy case of Tennessee Tech forward Dennis Ogbe. On Thursday, the senior was named to the Capital One Academic All-America(r) Division I Basketball Team selected by CoSIDA.

Arguably the most prestigious academic award presented to student-athletes, Ogbe becomes the 36th Golden Eagle since 1976 to achieve the honor, sporting a 3.91 GPA in electrical engineering.

To be eligible for Academic All-America(r) consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

The senior has also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors twice in his career, once last season and again this year. Prior to the 2013-14 season, he was also named a Senior Class Award candidate for his leadership abilities, time on the court, dedication in the classroom, and work in the community.

Ogbe has been a staple on the Golden Eagle squad this season, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 10.3 points and 5.9 boards per game. He ranks second on the team in field goal percentage with a mark of .598, which is also good for seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference. He also ranks in the top 10 in offensive rebounds. For his career, the senior ranks second on Tech’s all-time list for field goal percentage with a mark of .608. He will also play in his 118th career game tonight, ranking him for 10th on the all-time list.

A strong player with outstanding knowledge of the game of basketball, Ogbe is again recognized for being a leader with great work ethic, both on the court and in the classroom. The forward has been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll all seven semesters of his time at Tech, has landed on the OVC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll each of the past three years, and has earned the OVC Medal of Honor twice.

Earlier this year, Ogbe was named as a 2012-13 OVC Scholar Athlete, the first time the honor has been given to a member of the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team. One of the most prestigious awards given by the Ohio Valley Conference, the Scholar-Athlete Award is the highest individual honor that can be earned by OVC student-athletes, and is given annually to three men and three women student-athletes of junior or senior status for their accomplishments in both the classroom and athletic arena, and because of their leadership qualities.

Beginning his basketball career in the second grade of elementary school in a small town near Munich, Ogbe played there until 2007 when he joined the basketball club “Franken Hexer” in Nurenberg. There he averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and two steals per game in the NBBL and was selected to play in the All-Star Game (the equivalent to the USA’s McDonald’s High School All-Star Game), scoring 13 points in that spotlight event. In his NBBL Final Four contest, Ogbe chipped in with 23 points and nine rebounds.

Dennis is the son of Festus Ogbe and Margitta Linue.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America and Academic All-District is organized and voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America

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