EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Ray Crossland missed one chance to clinch Eastern Illinois' first-round upset of Tennessee State in a first-round Ohio Valley Conference tournament game, but he redeemed himself by blocking a 3-point try by Delano Spencer with a second left to preserve a 73-71 win Wednesday night.
The No. 7 seed, Eastern Illinois advances to face No. 3 Austin Peay in a quarterfinal battle Thursday.
Belmont makes program-record 20 3-pointers in 84-59 win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dylan Windler made six of Belmont's program-record 20 3-pointers in scoring 21 points with 14 rebounds as the Bruins beat Tennessee State 84-59 on Saturday in a regular-season finale.
The 20 3-pointers surpassed the previous Belmont high of 19 reached on Jan. 10, 2000 and Dec. 2, 2004.
The win left Belmont (23-6, 15-3) a half-game back of Ohio Valley Conference leader Murray State (15-2), which played at third-place Austin Peay (12-5) later Saturday night.
Spencer sparks Tennessee State past Morehead State 83-74
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delano Spencer sank a career-best seven 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 32 points and Tennessee State held off Morehead State 83-74 on Thursday night for its seventh straight victory.
Darreon Reddick had 12 points, Kamar McKnight scored 11 and Armani Chaney added 10 points and six assists for the Tigers (15-11, 10-5 Ohio Valley Conference). Tennessee State connected on 21 of 23 free throws (91 percent) on the night, while the Eagles (6-20, 2-13) sank 9 of 12.
Tennessee State turns back Jacksonville State 65-47
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Ken'Darrius Hamilton and Delano Spencer scored 15 apiece and Hamilton added seven rebounds to lead Tennessee State to a 65-47 victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday night.
Spencer scores winner as Tennessee St. bumps off Belmont
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delano Spencer scored the go-ahead basket and Tennessee State made seven of eight free throws over the final two minutes for a closing 9-0 run to knock off Ohio Valley Conference leader Belmont 64-56 Thursday night.
The win was the fifth in a row for Tennessee State (13-11, 8-5), which has climbed into a tie for third place. Belmont (19-7, 11-2), which had won its previous eight, finds itself in a tie for first with Murray State.
Tennessee State beats E Kentucky 73-60
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Delano Spencer scored 20 points with six 3-pointers, Christian Mekowulu added 19 points, and Tennessee State beat Eastern Kentucky 73-60 on Saturday night to win its fourth straight.
Darreon Reddick scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Tigers (12-11, 7-5 Ohio Valley Conference), who shot 50 percent from the field and made 16 of 20 free throws.
Chaney hits late 3, Tenn. State rallies to beat Morehead St.
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Armani Chaney hit a 3-pointer and followed with a layup in the final minute as Tennessee State rallied to beat Morehead State 61-58 on Thursday night.
Mekowulu scores 25, Tennessee State beats SIU-Edwardsville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian Mekowulu had 25 points, on 8-of-13 shooting, and nine rebounds and Ken'Darrius Hamilton scored 15 points to help Tennessee State beat SIU-Edwardsville 85-57 on Thursday night.
Mekowulu, whose career high is 26 points, scored 24 in the Tigers' road loss to SIUE on Jan. 13. Delano Spencer scored 14 points and Darreon Reddick added 11 for Tennessee State (9-11, 4-3 Ohio Valley), which shot 54 percent (28 of 52) and scored 30 points off 22 Cougars turnovers.
Stark hits 4 3s, scores 25; Murray St. beats Tennessee St.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jonathan Stark scored 25 points, including four 3-pointers, and Ja Morant finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to help Murray State beat Tennessee State 76-57 on Saturday night.
Terrell Miller Jr. had 12 points, including 10 in the second half, and Byron Hawkins scored 11 points for Murray State (14-5, 6-2 Ohio Valley).
Spencer comes in in 2nd half to spark Tennessee State 70-56
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delano Spencer, who missed the first half after an allergic reaction during pregame, scored his 11 points, including three 3-pointers, in the second half when Tennessee State pulled away from Austin Peay 70-56 on Thursday night.
Kamar McKnight scored 13 points, Darreon Riddick had three treys and 12 points and Armani Chaney added 10 points for Tennessee State (8-10, 3-4 Ohio Valley), which shot 50 percent.
Jackson, Benton with career nights, SIUE tops Tennessee St
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Brandon Jackson led the way with a career-high 19 points, Justin Benton scored a career-high 17 points and Daniel Kinchen also scored 17 as Southern Illinois-Edwardsville rallied past Tennessee State 82-79 Saturday night.
Tennessee State took a 67-65 lead on a Kamar McKnight layup and Darreon Reddick's 3-pointer made it 72-67 with just over five minutes left.
Spencer’s play down stretch helps Tennessee State win 69-65
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Delano Spencer made a steal and layup for the lead with 39 seconds left and added two free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining to seal a 69-65 Tennessee State victory over Eastern Illinois on Thursday night.
Spencer's layup made it 65-63 and his two free throws 67-64 before Ken'Darrius Hamilton added a pair of free throws with 1.1 seconds left.
Tennessee St beats Jacksonville St to end six-game skid
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delano Spencer scored 20 points and Armani Chaney scored 14 with six assists to help Tennessee State snap a six-game slide with a 67-60 victory over Jacksonville State on Thursday night.
Christian Mekowulu scored 14, all in the second half, with nine rebounds for the Tigers (6-8, 1-2 Ohio Valley Conference), who made all 15 of their free throws.
SE Missouri State tops Tennessee St. 77-65, ends 4-game skid
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Denzel Mahoney scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, freshman Ledarrius Brewer added 16 points and Southeast Missouri State beat Tennessee State 77-65 on Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Daniel Simmons gave SEMO its first lead in three games by knocking down a 3-pointer with 4:09 remaining in the first half. Southeast entered having gone a span of 108:39 without a lead.
UT Martin holds off Tennessee State, 63-60 in OVC opener
MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — Jailen Gill hit a jumper to give UT Martin the lead in overtime and the Skyhawks held on to beat in-state rival Tennessee State, 63-60 in the Ohio Valley Conference opener Thursday night.
Gill's layup with a minute to go in regulation tied the game at 56-56 and both teams missed opportunities to take the lead in the closing seconds, with Darius Thompson blocking a jumper from the Tigers' Delano Spencer with a second left.
Tennessee St. pulls away late, beats NAIA Fisk 67-53
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian Mekowulu scored 16 points while pulling down a career-high 18 rebounds to lead Tennessee State to a 67-53 victory over NAIA's Fisk on Tuesday night.
Delano Spencer added 12 points and Kamar McKnight came off the bench to score 11 points for Tennessee State (4-2) which has won three straight.
Tennessee State pulls out 60-52 win over Canisius
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ken'Darrius Hamilton knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 19 with eight rebounds and Tennessee State dominated the second half on the way to a 60-52 victory over Canisius on Tuesday night.
Tenn. State beats Reinhardt 92-53 on Spencer’s career night
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delano Spencer scored a career-high 22 points with six 3-pointers and Tennessee State never trailed in beating NAIA member Reinhardt University 92-53 in its home opener Monday night.
Spencer hit his first 3 less than a minute into the game and the Tigers led 11-2 after his second. Tennessee State's bench chipped in 19 first-half points and the Tigers led 48-25 at halftime.
Jalen Duke's jumper with 1:11 to play gave the Tigers their largest lead at 41 points.
Tennessee State beats Austin Peay 70-66
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Darreon Reddick scored 19 points, Christian Mekowulu added 12 with nine rebounds, and Tennessee State held off Austin Peay to win 70-66 on Saturday night to end a two-game skid.
Christian Mekowulu scored 12 points and Ken'Darrius Hamilton had 10 points for the Tigers (14-10, 5-6 Ohio Valley), who outrebounded the Governors 36-23 and led 34-31 at halftime.
McReynolds leads Eastern Illinois to overtime win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Demetrius McReynolds scored 22 points and Eastern Illinois defeated Tennessee State 77-67 in overtime on Thursday night.
Muusa Dama added 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds with Montell Goodwin adding 11 points and six assists and Terrell Lewis 11 points and four assists.
The Panthers (11-12, 3-7 Ohio Valley) made 10 of 22 3-pointers and scored 30 points off 18 Tennessee State turnovers in winning their second straight after a five-game losing streak.
Tennessee State cruises past SIU Edwardsville 76-56
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Wayne Martin had 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds and all five starters scored in double figures as Tennessee State cruised past SIU Edwardsville 76-56 on Wednesday night.
Darreon Reddick and Delano Spencer each added another 14 points for the Tigers (13-8, 4-4 Ohio Valley Conference) who snapped a three-game skid. Christian Mekowulu scored 12 points and Tahjere McCall had 11 points and a career-best 12 assists.
Jacksonville State cruises to 86-79 win over Tennessee State
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Malcolm Drumwright scored 20 points and Jacksonville State beat Tennessee State 86-79 on Saturday night.
Drumwright was 5 of 8 from the field and made four 3-pointers. Christian Cunningham, Norbertas Giga and Greg Tucker added 13 points apiece for Jacksonville State (13-9, 5-2 Ohio Valley), which bounced back from a 77-60 loss at Belmont on Thursday that snapped a three-game win streak.
Williams’ layup sends Morehead St. past Tennessee St. 87-85
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — DeJuan Marrero scored 22 points with 16 rebounds, and Treshaad Williams' layup with six seconds remaining carried Morehead State to an 87-85 win against Tennessee State on Saturday night.
Just a minute before Williams' game winner, Tahjere McCall buried a 3 for Tennessee State tying the score at 85. Miguel Dicent scored 19 points and Lamontray Harris finished with 15 points for the Eagles.
Tennessee State beats Eastern Kentucky 63-49
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Wayne Martin had 14 points and 17 rebounds to help Tennessee State win its third straight with a 63-49 win over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night.
Delano Spencer added four 3-pointers and 12 points and Tahjere McCall had 10 points and seven assists for the Tigers (12-5, 3-1 Ohio Valley).
Spencer, McCall lead Tennessee State past UT Martin 76-65
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delano Spencer scored 19 points and made five 3-pointers to lead Tennessee State to a 76-65 victory over UT Martin on Saturday night.
Spencer was 6 of 9 from the floor. Tahjere McCall added 17 points for Tennessee State (11-5, 2-1 Ohio Valley), and has 1,013 for his career. He also matched a career-best with eight assists.
Wayne Martin chipped in 17 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for the Tigers. Darreon Reddick chipped in 11 points.
McCall’s late jumper puts Tennessee St. over Lipscomb 72-71
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tahjere McCall sank a jumper in the final seconds to put Tennessee State up 72-71 over Lipscomb Saturday.
McCall's winning bucket came with nine seconds to play after the Tigers (7-1) had fallen behind by one with 1:06 remaining. Delano Spencer got the rebound after Lipscomb's Eli Pepper missed a jump shot with 23 seconds left, setting up McCall's jumper.
Spencer hits 5 treys, Tennessee St. dominates NAIA Reinhardt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delano Spencer drilled 5 of 7 from beyond the arc for 18 points as Tennessee State overwhelmed NAIA Reinhardt 96-64 in the Tigers first home game of the year.
Tennessee State (6-0) opened the season with five straight road victories before heading home.