NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State's bid to tie the game in the final seconds missed and visiting South Dakota State was able to escape the Gentry Center with an 82-80 victory over the Tigers Wednesday night.
SDSU's Brady Hokenson hit a short jumper to give his team the lead with under 10 seconds left to play. The Tigers Rod Flowers missed a shot in the lane as the horn sounded.
The contest featured 10 lead changes and six ties. TSU had led 40-37 despite the Jackrabbits hitting nine 3-pointers in the opening half.
TSU opened as much as a 12-point lead in the second half, leading 65-53 after a Rod Flowers layup with 7:56 remaining and still led by as many as 10 with 5:35 left.
SDSU took the lead after a 3-point play by Joe Green and stretch the lead to 8-77 after a pair of free throws by Luke Greiver with 27 seconds left.
TSU's Kareem Grant tied the game with a 3-point shot from the corner with 14 seconds left prior to what proved to be the game-winner by Hokenson.
The Tigers shot 31-of-63 from the field for 49 percent and 6-of-11 from the free throw line. TSU was 12-of-29 from 3-point range. TSU was out-rebounded 40-32.
Flowers led the Tigers with 24 points. Eric King had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Bruce Price scored 14 points.
SDSU (2-8) was led by Greiver's 26 points. Hokenson finished with 12.
TSU (5-7) will play at Iowa State Dec. 31.
(Photo courtesy Randy Janoski)