NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Freshman Jamonte Graham finished with a season high 12 points including nine in the second half in a 79-64 loss to Miami (OH).
Senior Patrick Miller scored 15 points in the first half and finished with 26 in the game for his 24th straight double figure game to lead TSU. Miller added six assists and five boards on the night to pace a well-rounded effort for the point gaurd.
The Chicago native was joined in double figures by junior Kennedy Eubanks (11) and Graham’s 12 points. It marked the fifth time the Tigers have finished with three players in double figures.
Eubanks nearly finished with his first career double double pairing nine boards with 11 points.
Miller opened up the scoring for Tennessee State (1-12) in the opening frame, hitting an inside jumper at 19:42 in the first. Miller proceed to score six out of the Tigers next eight points, as the home team raced out to a 10-6 lead.
By the first media timeout both teams were shooting 75 percent from the floor with Tennessee State holding a narrow 13-10 advantage.
A 9-0 run propelled Miami (OH) (3-6) to their first lead, which extended out to 17-13.
Big Blue returned the favor with an 8-0 push of their own, to reclaim the lead, 21-17. During the spurt junior Jay Harris tallied five points and senior Jacquan Nobles nailed a 3-pointer to regain the lead for the Tigers.
The Redhawks retook control of the game with a 7-0 run to take a 29-24 lead before a Miller and-1 trimmed the lead back down to two points.
Both clubs traded baskets to close out the opening frame with the visitors on top 37-32.
Miller led all scorers at the break with 15 points. The senior point guard went 6-for-9 from the field and dished out two assists for TSU. Junior forward Kennedy Eubanks added six points going a perfect 3-for-3 on his field goal attempts, with a team high four rebounds.
Neither team was able to convert a field goal in the early moments of the second, junior forward M.J. Rhett’s jumper broke the cold spell with a layup at 17:21. The Redhawks then ripped off the next six points of the game in a 1:16 of game time to extend the lead out to 43-35.
The Redhawks lead extended out 11 at 51-40 after a Jaryd Eustace layup.
TSU wouldn’t go away, as freshman guard Jamonte Graham connected on the Tigers next six points to keep his team within striking distance. Graham’s three with 11:46 on the clock cut the Redhawks lead to eight, 54-46.
The triple marked Graham’s ninth point of the second half and 12th point of the game. Coming into the contest the Nashville native’s season high for an entire game was nine points at USC Upstate.
Miami (OH) lead ballooned back out to 13, 61-48, after another Eustace layup.
Both teams kept pace with each other, with the Redhawks maintaining a double digit advantage.
Miami (OH) closed out the game, 79-64, to improve to 3-6 on the year and drop Tennessee State to 1-12.
TSU will be off for the winter holiday before returning to action on Dec. 28 at Eastern Illinois. The contest will mark the start of OVC play for both clubs, with tip-off slated for 2 p.m. CST in Charleston, Ill.
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