Tennessee St. 68, Jacksonville St. 63

Robert Covington had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Tennessee

State rallied from an 18-point deficit to defeat Jacksonville State

68-63 on Thursday night.

Jacksonville State quickly turned a 28-18 halftime lead into an

18-point advantage with 17:58 remaining in the game. But the Tigers

made up the difference by shooting 58.3 percent (14 of 24) in the

second half and outscored the Gamecocks 50-35 in the final 20

minutes.

The Tigers held only a 27-26 rebounding edge, but turned 10

offensive boards into an 18-8 edge on second-chance points. The

Tigers also outscored the Gamecocks 26-14 in the paint.

Kenny Moore added 15 points and Wil Peters had 11 for the Tigers

(9-9, 6-2 Ohio Valley Conference), who have won three in a row.

Nick Murphy scored 18 points and Jeremy Bynum chipped in with 17

for the Gamecocks (2-16, 0-8), who have lost 13 straight.