CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Senior guard Patrick Miller produced his third 30 point performance with 37 points in a 102-94 loss to OVC foe Southeast Missouri
After falling behind Southeast Missouri (9-8, 1-3) 5-1 in the early goings of the key OVC tilt the Tigers responded connecting on their next three shots to regain the lead 8-5.
Tennessee State (2-15, 1-3) then went cold from the floor, going 1-11 from the field with five turnovers. The lone TSU field goal was a 3-pointer from senior Jacquan Nobles that tied the game at 11 with 13:21 left in the first.
During the cold spell Southeast road a 19-0 run to take the 30-11 lead.
Junior Jaleel Queary ended the run with a driving layup at the 8:33 mark. The layup marked the first of six straight made field goals for Tennessee State, which equaled out to a 14-5 run in favor of Big Blue. The run was capped by back-to-back triples from senior Patrick Miller, to close within 10, 35-25 at the 6:23 mark in the half.
A 9-2 Redhawks run pushed the home team’s lead back out to 17, 44-27, with 4:52 on the clock in the opening stanza.
Tennessee State ended the half down by 13, 52-39. The 52 points allowed by the Tigers is tied for the most in a first half all season (Fisk on Dec. 15).
The six made treys in the first tied a season high for most in a half, as well as the best 3-point field goal percentage in a half at 55 percent.
Miller and Nobles finished the half with 13 points apiece. The Chicago native Miller also dished out four assists and had two steals to go along with his 13 points. Nobles shot 50 percent from the field with three made 3-pointers. The 13 first half points also marked the fourth time the senior reached double digits on the year.
Out of the locker room both teams traded buckets, with Southeast maintaining its double-digit margin.
With the Redhawks leading by 15, 54-39, TSU connected on its next 5 shots, but Southeast answered the 12 Tennessee State points with eight points of their own to remain on top by 11.
A Patrick Miller jumper in the lane cut the Southeast lead to nine, 81-72, with 7:53 on the game clock. This marked the first time Tennessee State was within single digits of the lead since the 11:42 mark in the first half.
Southeast pushed its lead back out to 17, 89-72, at the 6:19 mark.
The Tigers clawed their way back into the game, with a Jamonte Graham triple closing the Redhawks lead to just seven, 94-87. On the following Southeast possession Tennessee State forced a turnover and Jay Harris connected on a layup to get within just five, at the 2:10 mark. The lead shrunk to four after two M.J. Rhett free-throws but Southeast iced off the game at the line to win 102-94.
The 94 points scored by coach Travis Williams team were the most scored against a Division I team since Feb. 28, when TSU dropped a 101-100 contest to Morehead State.
Tennessee State finished with three players in double figures on the night Miller (37), Nobles (23) and Rhett (13). Miller also dished out seven assists on the evening. Nobles connected on 5-of-9 shots from deep, for the second most threes he has hit in a game all season.
The Redhawks were led by five players scoring in double digits, including a team high 27 points from OVC preseason player of the year Tyler Stone.
TSU continues play on the road Monday when they take on OVC foe UT Martin. Tip-off for that contest is slated for 7 p.m.