Tennessee St. 52, SIU-Edwardsville 49

Robert Covington scored 17 points and Patrick Miller 14 as

Tennessee State came back from a 14-point second-half deficit and

beat Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 52-49 Saturday night.

SIU-Edwardsville led throughout the second half until Miller’s

three-point play with 35 seconds remaining gave the Tigers (10-9,

3-3 Ohio Valley Conference) a 51-49 lead.

After Kris Davis missed a 3-point attempt for the Cougars (5-10,

3-3), Covington added a free throw with 8 seconds left.

SIU-Edwardsville had led by 14 points, 43-29, with 12:56

remaining. The Cougars were still ahead 47-37 at the 6:58 mark but

missed 8 of 9 shots the rest of the way.

Tennessee State, which trailed 24-17 at halftime, shot 52

percent (13 of 25) in the second half to 36 percent (9 of 25) for


M.J. Rhett added 11 rebounds and six points for Tennessee


Jerome Jones had 14 points and Davis 12 for the Cougars.