MUNCIE, Ind. --- Tennessee State's Reiley Ervin connected on a free throw with seventh-tenths of a second remaining to lift the Tigers to a 70-69 victory over Ball State in the ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday evening.
Ervin was fouled by Ball State's Maurice Acker on a 3-point attempt with the scored tied 69-69. After making the first free throw, Ervin missed the second, and then missed the third attempt on purpose and the rebound was gathered by the Tigers Wayne Arnold.
The winning free throw completed a rally for the Tigers. TSU had trailed 69-62 with four minutes remaining and closed the game with an 8-0 run to take the win.
"We played excellent defense down the stretch and this a big win over a quality program such as Ball State," said TSU head coach Cy Alexander "Our young men came back to take a big win for our program.
Kareem Grant led the Tigers with 21 points. Arnold finished with 16, and Clarence Matthews added 15.
Ball State was led by Anthony Newell who scored a career-high 20 points off the bench.