Tennessee State University player, Covington Named National Player of the Week

Tennessee State forward Robert Covington garnered Mid-Major National Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness for his performances against Murray State and Austin Peay last week.

Covington, a junior from Bellwood, Ill., averaged 16.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in TSU’s victories over No. 7/9 Murray State and Tennessee Tech. From the field, Covington shot 52 percent (12-of-23) and hit 63 percent (5-of-8) outside the arch. He also notched three blocks, two assists and three steals.

Against Murray State, Covington scored 17 points and grabbed eight boards as TSU upset the nation’s lone unbeaten. It also marked the first time TSU had defeated a nationally ranked opponent in the NCAA Division I era.

Covington followed up with 16 points and two rebounds in the win over Tennessee Tech. The victory over the Golden Eagles extended TSU’s win streak to seven games, the longest since the 1994-95 season. Covington is averaging 17.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in 27 games.



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