Eastern Kentucky beats Tennessee State 79-71

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RICHMOND, Ky. (AP)—Spencer Perrin scored 14 points and had two steals in a key run to help Eastern Kentucky defeat Tennessee State 79-71 on Saturday night.

The Colonels (9-5, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference) trailed 63-61 with 3:24 left and Perrin made a three-point play with 3:04 remaining to put the Colonels ahead 64-63.

The Tigers (3-11, 0-3) answered with a jumper by Josh Sain to tie it with 2:37 left, but then turned the ball over twice to help East Kentucky pull away.

After Justin Stommes’ free throw, Perrin had a steal and made two free throws, then grabbed another steal leading to a three-point play by Papa Oppong for a 70-65 Colonels’ lead with 1:35 to play.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Colonels as Josh Taylor had 17 points, Stommes 16, Oppong 14 and Joshua Jones had 13.

Sain led the Tigers with 13 points in their third-straight loss.

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 Tennessee St.
Robert Covington Robert Covington
5-9,  12 Pts
7 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Eastern Kentucky
Josh Taylor Josh Taylor
7-9,  17 Pts
6 Rebs, 0 Assists

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