TIGERS HOLD OFF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE FOR 75-72 WIN
-- Missed foul shots at end of game put final outcome in doubt to the last second -- Senior center Larry Turner scored a game and career-high 22 points to lead the Tennessee State Tigers to a 75-72 win over the Southeast Missouri Redhawks in TSU's Gentry Center. The win, in the Tigers' Ohio Valley Conference opener, gives them a 3-4 overall record and a 1-0 record in conference play. Turner who also collected a game-high eight rebounds was joined by two other Tigers in double-figures, as Ladarious Weaver tallied 13 points and Reiley Ervin added 12 points. Ervin also had a career-high nine assists in the game. The Redhawks led the game briefly, opening up a 3-point lead with the opening basket, but TSU took command 12-11 (14:20) and steadily built and eleven point lead 40-29 at the 3:25 mark, and 46-35 at the halftime intermission. Southeast Missouri opened the second half with an 11-4 run in the first 4:27 of the half to close the score to 50-46 (15:43). TSU widened the lead to ten (56-46) at 14:13, but SEMO responded with a 7-0 run to tighten the game to 56-53 at the 10:55 mark and then to a narrow two point margin (69-67) with 4:14 remaining in the game. Larry Turner's power dunk on a fast break at 3:14 to put the Tigers up 71-67. Foul shots dominated the final minutes of the game, with TSU missing six consecutive FT's in the final 1:00 of the game to keep the final outcome in suspense. Tennessee State will return to the hardwood on Saturday, December 9th, when they host the Panthers of Eastern Illinois. Game time is scheduled for 7:30p.