RICHMOND, Ky. --- Tennessee State clinched a winning Ohio Valley Conference record for the second consecutive year as the Tigers closed their regular season with a 74-64 road victory over host Eastern Kentucky.
The Tigers improved to 13-14 overall and 11-9 in the OVC. TSU will now await word on who its first round opponent will be in the OVC Tournament when play is concluded late Saturday. EKU falls to 14-15 and 11-9.
The TSU victory eased some sting from an earlier season loss to the Colonels when EKU rallied from a 20-point deficit with under eight minutes remaining to post a 79-74 win in the Gentry Center.
TSU led 31-28 at halftime and quickly built a double-digit lead. This time around, TSU would not allow EKU to post the comeback win.
"We executed and kept our poise," said TSU coach Cy Alexander. "This (win) helps give us some momentum going into the OVC Tournament."
Junior forward Clarence Matthews scored 20 points and just missed his 10th double-double of the season with nine rebounds. Wayne Arnold followed with 19 points and Kareem Grant contributed 18 points and tied Matthews with a season-high nine rebounds.
The Tigers were leading 67-64 with under two minutes remaining and scored the game's final seven points for the win.
EKU senior guard Matt Witt led the Colonels with 22 points, and at one point in the first half connected on three straight 3-point field goals.