NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State held back a Southeast Missouri second half rally to defeat the Redhawks 68-63 in Ohio Valley Conference men's play Thursday night.
Tennessee State (4-9, 4-4 in the OVC) led by as many as 12 points late in the first half. However, Southeast battled back in the second half and tied the game at 50-50 with 9:07 remaining on a Ketchner Guerrier.
The Tigers responded with a 5-0 run as Reiley Ervin hit a 3-pointer and Ervin connected on layup to make the score 55-50. TSU would open as much as a seven point lead on a pair of occassions the rest of the way.
TSU was led by Kareem Grant who tallied a season-high 20 points. Clarence Matthews added 16, Wayne Arnold 12, and Larry Turner 11 for the Tigers who won their third straight conference home game.
The Redhawks (6-10, 3-7) was led by Roy Booker who scored 27 points in game against TSU for the second time this season. Booker led Southeast's rally, scoring 21 of his game high total in the final half.
TSU held a 39-32 rebounding edge and only had eight turnovers in the game.
The Tigers host Eastern Illinois on Saturday while Southeast visits Tennessee Tech.