NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State went almost five minutes without a field goal down the stretch and visiting Tennessee-Martin was able to come into the Gentry Center and escape with a 74-68 victory over the Tigers Saturday night.
TSU, which had entered the game coming off Thursday's big win over Murray State, allowed UTM to erase a 65-61 deficit near the five-minute mark and take the win. The loss drops TSU to 7-7 in the OVC and 12-16 overall. UTM improves to 6-19 and 3-11.
"We did not come out mentally focused to play and that was a concern," said TSU head coach Cy Alexander.
The Tigers led by four points after a Reiley Ervin layup with 4:51 remaining and did not score again until Bruce Price scored his first points of the game on a layup with 7.5 seconds remaining.
TSU was led by Reiley Ervin and Wayne Arnold who scored 14 points. Kareem Grant scored 13 and Wayne Arnold added 12. Rod Flowers had a game-high 11 rebounds.
UT Martin was led by Jared Newson who led the Skyhawk rally down the stretch. Newson finished with 16 points. Will Lewis added 13 points and had 10 rebounds.
TSU will host Samford next Thursday.