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Tennessee Tech holds off Tennessee St. in OVC opener, 66-64

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Corey Tillery hit four straight free throws in the final minute and Tennessee Tech held off a Tennessee State rally to win the Ohio Valley Conference opener, 66-64 on Thursday night.

The Golden Eagles won for the third straight time in Nashville. The two previous wins required overtime.

Jr. Clay converted a 3-point play to get Tennessee Tech within one with just under five minutes to play, then put them on top for good with a 3-pointer to make it 57-55. Armani Chaney brought Tennessee State back with a pair of free throws and a layup with :35 to play. Tillery made it 66-61 with :12 left with his third and fourth free throws, but The Tigers sent Tripp Davis to the free-throw line twice in the closing seconds. Davis hit two of three to cut the lead to 66-63, but missed the second of two with a second left.

Clay finished with 23 points for the Golden Eagles (5-9, 1-0), who converted 22 of 36 from the line (61.1 percent).

Chaney finished with 15 points for Tennessee State (3-10, 0-1) and Emmanuel Egbuta grabbed 14 rebounds.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Tennessee Tech 5-9 293766
home team logo Tennessee State 3-10 323264
Team Stats
away team logo Tennessee Tech 5-9 67.9 PPG 40.4 RPG 12.5 APG
home team logo Tennessee State 3-10 72.7 PPG 37 RPG 11.4 APG
Key Players
4
J. Clay 14.4 PPG 3.8 RPG 4.3 APG 41.1 FG%
3
D. Fitzpatrick-Dorsey 14.3 PPG 5.4 RPG 1.5 APG 44.6 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB