TIGERS ROAR, PUSH AUSTIN PEAY TO OVERTIME - BUT FALL 89-84
-- Reiley Ervin scores 25, leads four other Tigers in double-figure scoring - Tennessee State (12-20) was the eighth seed, Austin Peay (20-10) was the top seed, TSU lost in Clarksville two weeks ago by 45 points ... it was supposed to be a laugher for the Governors, but the Tigers showed their fight and took it to the OVC's top team, falling in overtime 89-84. Guard Reiley Ervin led TSU in scoring with 24 points, including 6-of-11 from three point range. Four other Tigers added double-figure scoring support with Andrae Belton (15), Ladarious Weaver (14), Clarence Matthews (13) and Jerrell Houston (12) all filling the basket. Matthews and Houston had six rebounds each to lead the Tigers. Austin Peay controlled the first half taking an eight point lead (35-27) into the locker room at half time. In the second half, the Tigers took charge, outscoring APSU 42-34. TSU trailed by as many as 10 points (42-32) at the 16:35 mark, but the Tigers went on a 20-10 run over the next 8:30 to tie the score at 52-52 (8:05) on back-to-back 3-point jumpers by Andrae Belton and Ladarious Weaver. The game was tied three more times before the end of regulation with Ervin taking a 3-point shot at the buzzer. In overtime, Austin Peay outscored the Tigers 20-15, hitting 14-of-20 from the foul line. TSU fell behind by six points (77-71) at the 2:27 mark, but pulled to within one point (85-84) with :05 remaining when TSU's Moraye Ivey's shot was ruled a two-point basket rather than a 3-pointer. TSU was forced to foul the rest of the way for the final margin of 89-84. On the game, TSU hit 46.3 percent (31-67) from the floor and 90 percent (9-10) from the foul line. Austin Peay hit 46.5 percent (25-55) from the floor and 76.7 percent (33-43) from the foul line.