Tennessee State vs Belmont

Belmont 82, Tennessee St. 73

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson combined to score 49 points Friday, and Belmont defeated Tennessee State 82-73 in the Ohio Valley Conference semifinals.

Clark hit six 3-pointers en route to 26 points, Johnson finished with 23 points and seven assists, J.J. Mann added 13 points and Blake Jenkins 10 points and seven rebounds for the Bruins, who won their fourth straight regular-season conference championship, the previous three coming in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Belmont (25-6), undefeated at home this season, led 32-29 at intermission and opened the second half on an 11-3 run to pull ahead 43-32. Tennessee State (18-14), which won the previous meeting 80-69, cut it to 66-62 with 5:07 left but was outscored 16-11 from there.

Belmont, which has won its last five games and 16 of 18, made 22 free throws to the Tigers' five.

Kellen Thornton led Tennessee State with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

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Tennessee State Tigers
K. Thornton, F3810-180-0120222
R. Covington, F356-120-060416
P. Miller, G386-133-4312217
J. Cyphers, G353-102-24249
T. Fredrick, G170-20-03130
J. Harris173-50-02247
M. Rhett101-10-03042
D. Dockery70-00-00020
M. Green30-00-00000
Totals 29-615-635172573
 47.5%83.3% 
Belmont Bruins
T. Noack, F353-132-26028
J. Mann, F345-102-262013
B. Jenkins, F304-62-673210
K. Johnson, G346-1311-1627123
I. Clark, G328-134-420326
B. Baker151-10-05032
R. Chamberlain150-40-01310
C. Bradshaw50-00-01000
Totals 27-6021-3035151282
 45%70% 
Ohio Valley
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Belmont12-420-1295
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Tenn. Tech11-519-11134
Morehead St.11-523-14127
Eastern Ky.6-1015-16210
Jax. State4-128-23309
WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT Martin10-620-15212
Murray St.10-617-14169
Eastern Ill.9-713-17271
Austin Peay7-918-18189
SIUE3-136-22305
SE Miss. St.2-145-24342