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Tennessee Tech 92, Clinch Valley 64

November 18, 1997

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Eric Akins had career highs with 24 points and 14 rebounds Monday night and Tennessee Tech set an Eblen Center record for blocked shots with 14 as the Golden Eagles dumped Clinch Valley 92-64.

Alex Franco and DeAntoin Beasley each blocked four shots for Tech (2-0).

Richard Woodfine came off the bench to score 17 points for the Golden Eagles and Franco had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

For Clinch Valley (1-4), Nat Nash scored 18 points, including 4 of 6 3-pointers, and grabbed 8 rebounds.

Clinch Valley pulled within 41-33 at the end of the first half, but was quickly taken out of the game by a 15-3 Golden Eagle run to begin the final 20 minutes.

Wesley Whitehorn opened the second half with a 3-point play and Akins capped the run with a 3-point play to put the Golden Eagles up 56-36. Both Whitehorn and Akins scored 5 points during the run.

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