McCall helps Tennessee State pull away late to beat EKU
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tahjere McCall scored eight of his 20 points in the final two minutes to help Tennessee State pull away and beat Eastern Kentucky 68-66 on Saturday night.
Zach Charles’ putback pulled Eastern Kentucky to a tie at 57 with 2:25 remaining. McCall then converted a 3-point play, made a layup and 3 of 4 free throws to give the Tigers a 65-60 lead with 25 seconds to play. Darreon Reddick split a pair of free throws to stretch the Tigers’ lead to 66-60.
Nick Mayo made a 3-pointer to pull the Colonels within three with eight seconds left. Armani Chaney’s free throws made it 68-63, and Dillon Avare hit a 3 at the buzzer.
Jordan Reed grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and chipped in eight points for Tennessee State (17-11, 8-7 Ohio Valley).
Mayo scored 24 points and shot 5 of 5 from long range to lead Eastern Kentucky (10-19, 3-11).