Tennessee St. 83, SIU-Edwardsville 73
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP)
Patrick Miller had 17 points and 11 assists for the Tigers (16-11, 10-4 Ohio Valley), who shot 57.7 percent (30 of 52) from the floor, including 66.7 percent (10 of 15) from 3-point range.
Kris Davis scored 25 points and Tim Johnson 18 for the Cougars (9-15, 5-9).
SIU Edwardsville was within 66-63 when Thornton scored seven straight points for Tennessee State. Covington added a jumper, and Thornton made a free throw to give the Tigers a 76-65 cushion with 3:50 remaining.
Mark Yelovich had 12 points for the Cougars, who got no closer than seven points down the stretch.