Morehead State vs Tennessee State

Tennessee St. 59, Morehead St. 52

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Robert Covington scored 14 points and Tennessee State held off Morehead State 59-52 Friday night in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament to post its first 20-win season since 1978-79.

The second-seeded Tigers (20-11), who are enjoying their first winning campaign in 16 years, snapped a four-game skid in postseason play. They will face top seed and No. 12-ranked Murray State, which beat them 80-62 on Feb. 23, in Saturday's final.

Tennessee State led by 11 in the first half and 26-21 at intermission. Ty Proffitt opened the second half with two 3-pointers to give the third-seeded Eagles their first lead at 27-26.

The Tigers regained the advantage, building a five-point cushion. Morehead State (18-15) trimmed the deficit to two on three occasions, the last at 44-42 with 6:30 left, before Tennessee State pulled away.

Marsell Holden's 11 points led the Eagles, who ended their three-game winning streak.

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Morehead State Eagles
D. Kelly, F302-100-04054
A. Warner, F294-80-051310
T. Proffitt, G332-71-33617
D. Mathieu, G262-71-21335
M. Holden, G253-82-231311
M. Chavis244-101-15019
D. Atkinson140-20-02110
K. Owens112-20-03004
W. Bailey61-20-01002
J. Percell20-00-00000
Totals 20-565-831121752
 35.7%62.5% 
Tennessee State Tigers
R. Covington, F285-84-541214
M. Rhett, F222-24-44128
W. Peters, G371-42-22714
P. Miller, G355-92-346313
J. Harris, G121-20-00012
K. Thornton232-41-25035
K. Moore210-30-14120
J. Cyphers194-62-230113
C. Conner30-00-00000
Totals 20-3815-1927161559
 52.6%78.9% 
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EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Belmont15-122-561
Morehead St.10-614-15175
Jax. State9-717-14195
Tenn. St.8-817-12151
Tenn. Tech8-812-19254
Eastern Ky.5-1112-19243
WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT Martin10-620-11171
SE Missouri St.9-714-17267
Murray St.8-814-16240
Austin Peay7-911-19273
Eastern Ill.6-1014-15257
SIUE1-156-24334
 
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