Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Tigers dug their way out of an 18-point second half hole to rally a, 68-63, win over Jacksonville State on Thursday night at the Gentry Center.
TSU (9-9, 6-2 OVC) picks up their third straight win; all in conference play, and now ties Austin Peay State for first in the conference.
Robert Covington recorded his third straight double-double finishing with a game-high, 20 points, and 10 rebounds.
Covington scored 17 points in the second half, connecting 6-of-10 for the game. His double-double for the game is his fifth of the season and seventh career.
For the game, TSU outscored JSU in the paint, 26-14, scored 27 points off turnovers and knocked in 18 second-chance points. The Tigers shot 47 percent from the floor and 83 percent from the free-throw line.
After trailing, 28-18, at the break, TSU, opened up the second half falling victim to JSU's 10-2 run. With the Gamecocks holding a 38-20 lead with 17:58 remaining, the Tigers brewed an 11-0 run within the next 14 minutes of play, outscoring JSU, 33-15, to tie the game at 53.
TSU took the lead on a JSU turnover and led for the remainder of the game outscoring the Gamecocks, 15-10, down the stretch to complete the comeback.
In the second half, TSU outscored JSU 50-35 and shot 58 percent after hitting 32 percent in the first. The Tigers connected 25-of-30 free-throws in the half which included seven straight points from the line during their run.
JSU (2-17, 0-8 OVC) has lost 13 straight and has gone 12 games without winning in OVC play. The Gamecocks shot 47 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range on the night.
Nick Murphy led the Gamecocks with 18 points hitting 3-of-5 from long range and Jeremy Bynum drained 6-of-10 for 17 points. Sean Thurston posted the team-high, eight rebounds.
The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 22, at home in the Gentry Center when play Tennessee Tech. The OVC match-up is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.