Martin, Tenn. - With five minutes remaining, the Tennessee State University Tigers were able to outlast a 10-2 run by UT Martin for a 67-64 OVC win at the Elam Center on Saturday.
Holding on to a one-point lead with seven seconds left, Wil Peters knocked down two free throws and UTM missed a desperation three-point attempt to help TSU snap a three-game skid.
Robert Covington finished with game-highs, notching his fifth career double-double, with 18 points; 14 coming in the first half, and 15 rebounds. He shot 7-of-13 from the floor, dished out four assists while tacking on five steals and two blocks.
For the game, TSU (7-9, 4-2 OVC) shot 48 percent from the floor and three-point range, winning the rebounding effort, 35-28. The Tigers held their largest lead in the first half, 31-15, from a 17-2 run.
UTM answered back to close out the half, outscoring the Tigers 16-7, but continued to trail at the break, 38-31. The Tigers only increased their lead back to eight points in the second but was able to answer the Skyhawks' short runs for the final outcome.
UTM (4-12, 0-5 OVC) drops their fifth straight, tenth in OVC play, shooting 44 percent from the floor on the night.
Reuben Clayton led the Skyhawks with 14 points from 4-of-8 shooting. Andres Irarrazabel shot 6-of-8 for 12 points, finishing with a team high nine rebounds.
Up next, the Tigers will host the top team in the OVC, Austin Peay State, for the White Out at the Gentry Center. The highly anticipated rivalry will be televised on ESPNU and is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15, with a 3 p.m. tip-off.