NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State saw Tennessee-Martin miss a game-tying 3-point field goal attempt as time ran out in regulation and the Tigers held on for an 85-82 Ohio Valley Conference victory Saturday night.
The fast-paced game featured 13 lead changes and six ties. Both teams shot well from the floor with both teams hitting right at 53 percent, TSU 30-of-57 and the Skyhawks 28-of-53.
TSU built a double-digit lead at 66-56 at the 10:20 mark of the second half, only to see the Skyhawks battle back. UTM took a one-point lead following the second of two Will Lewis free throws with 5:49 remaining.
The Tigers took the lead for good on a 3-point field goal by Wayne Arnold with 3:01 left. TSU would lead by as many as five points the rest of the way. Jared Newson's dunk with six seconds left brought the Skyhawks to within two points. The inbounds pass was intercepted and McClenon Tolliver missed the game-tying attempt.
The Tigers (4-7, 3-2 OVC) scored a season-high 85 points and placed all five starters in double figures. Arnold led the Tigers with 21 points while Reiley Ervin scored 18. Kareem Grant scored 16, Larry Turner 13, and Clarence Matthews 11 for TSU who broke a five-game home losing streak against UT Martin.
The Skyhawks (6-7, 3-4) was led by Newson's 20 points. Jeremy Kelly and Tolliver added 12, McKale Jones 11, and Will Lewis 10 for UTM who also placed five players in double figures.