Murray, Ky.--- Murray State fought back from a 20 point deficit but Tennessee State held the Racers off to claim a 90-85 overtime win Saturday night in the Regional Special Events Center.
With the win, Tennessee State improves to 6-7, 3-1 OVC while Murray State moves to 9-5, 3-3 OVC.
Oby Okafor paced the Lady Tiger offense and picked up her third consecutive double-double with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Kendra Appling posted 26 points and eight rebounds while Tiffany Jackson just missed a double-double with 16 points and nine boards. LaDona Pierce dished out a game high 11 assists for TSU.
Amber Guffey led Murray State with 37 points while Ashley Hayes added 12.
Tennessee State shot 51.5 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. Murray State hit 38.7 percent from the field and only 25.9 percent from the three point line.
Murray State scored the first five points of the game but it was Tennessee State that would assume control. The Lady Tigers scored 11 straight points to capture an 11-5 lead and force a Racer timeout at the 14:56 mark. TSU would then use a 12-4 scoring run to stretch the lead to 23-9.
Murray cut the deficit down to single digits (33-24) with 2:05 on the clock but Tennessee State closed out the half with nine unanswered points to claim a 41-24 lead going into halftime.
TSU continued to build on its lead in the second half and led by as many as 20 points. Murray State, however, would use scoring spurts to cut into the lead. Trailing by 11, MSU outscored TSU 16-5 to tie the game 72-72 with 2:55 left to play. Murray grabbed its first lead of the half at the 1:39 mark and held on to it until Oby Okafor tied the game 81-81 on a lay-up with three seconds remaining, sending the game to overtime.
The Lady Tigers captured an 85-82 lead at the 1:58 mark following a jumper by LaDona Pierce. A made bucket by Shaleea Petty on the ensuing possession would bring the Racers to within one but that would be as close as they would get as Tennessee State knocked down key free-throws down the stretch to seal the win.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Monday when they host UT-Martin in the Gentry Center. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.