MURRAY, Ky. --- Tennessee State cut a 22-point deficit to single digits, but host Murray State made a 12-0 run to close the game on the way to handing the Tigers a 100-79 loss in Ohio Valley Conference play Monday night.
The Tigers spotted MSU a 61-42 lead at halftime as the Racers shot 77 percent from the 23-30) in the opening 20 minutes. The Tigers also shot well, converting 56 percent (15-27).
The shooting cooled off in the final 20 minutes. Trailing 77-55 with 13 minutes left, the Tigers fought back to cut the difference to nine points on two occasions, the last 3:45 after a pair of free throws by Arvid Caldwell. However, the Tigers would not score the remainder of the game.
Victor Cuthbert led MSU with 25 points while James Singleton added 24 points. Singleton, who made all eight field goal attempts in the first meeting between the teams, hit his first seven Monday night and missed his only shot in the final two minutes of the game.
Garrett Richardson led the Tigers with a season high 25 points. Roshaun Bowens scored 20 for TSU.
The Tigers will close the season with home games against Eastern Illinois (Thursday) and Southeast Missouri (Saturday).