CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. --- Tennessee State's come back effort came up just short as host Southeast Missouri held on for a 70-69 victory Thursday night, spoiling the Tigers Ohio Valley Conference opener.
Tennessee State trailed down the stretch and had a chance to tie the game with 13 seconds remaining, but missed three opportunities. After Southeast had made 1-of-2 free throws with four seconds left, TSU's Reiley Ervin was fouled with 1.3 seconds left. Ervin made the free throw and attempted to miss the second chance, but it would through the net to pull the Tigers to within one.
TSU's Wayne Arnold stole the inbounds pass and his three-pointer fell off the rim as the horn sounded.
The game featured 12 lead changes, the last coming on a Ray Booker 3-point field goal with 5:02 left in the game. Booker made three of his six 3-point field goals in the final five minutes to help lift the Redhawks. Booker finished the game with a game-high 27 points.
TSU placed four players in double digits. Kareem Grant led TSU with 17 points, 11 coming in the first half. Ervin scored all 16 of his points in the second half. Bruce Price scored 14 and Wayne Arnold added 10.
The Tigers were plagued by foul trouble throughout the game. Newcomer Clarence Matthews was limited to 21 minutes before fouling out with a game-high eight rebounds.
TSU finished the game 23-of-65 for 43 percent and just 3-of-19 from 3-point range.
Southeast was 23-of-58 for 40 percent and 10-of-24 from 3-point range.
TSU was playing for the first time in 16 days and falls to 1-1 on the season. Southeast improves to 3-3.