NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State erased a 12-point deficit to turn the tables on Tennessee Tech for the second time this season and gained a big 70-65 Ohio Valley Conference victory over the Golden Eagles Saturday night.
The Tigers had erased a first half deficit to take a road win two weeks ago and came off the deck again. TSU had entered the contest after dropping a three-point decision at Tennessee-Martin on Thursday after holding a double-digit lead of its own.
This time the Tigers got a 22-point effort from Kareem Grant and double-double from guard Wayne Arnold who scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Clarence Matthews added 10.
The Tigers shot 59 percent (13-22) in the second half and finished 50 percent (23-36) for the game. Responding in a big way was the team's free throw shooting which has hampered the team this season. The Tigers made 15-of-19 free throws in the crucial second half and shot 82 percent (18-22) for the game. The Tigers had entered the contest as the lowest shooting free throw percentage team in the OVC.
Tennessee Tech was ahead 42-30 with 14 minutes left in the second half, but the Tigers went on a 18-4 run and took the lead with a 3-pointer by Grant at the 9:33 mark.
The game was tied three times after that, but TSU took the lead for good on a Larry Turner layup with 2:08 left. The Tigers sealed the victory by making 5-of-6 free throws in the final 33 seconds.
The Golden Eagles were led by Anthony Fisher which came off the bench to tally 17 points. Amadi McKenzie added 15 in a reserve role and Keyon Boyd scored 14. The Golden Eagles got 39 of their points off their bench. Tech finished the game at 37 percent (21-57) and 75 percent (18-24) from the free throw line.