Tennessee Tech holds off SIUE 64-63

Associated PressJanuary 11, 2014 

— Dennis Ogbe scored 16 points and Jeremiah Samarrippas added 11 as Tennessee Tech held off SIU-Edwardsville 64-63 Saturday night.

The Golden Eagles (10-9, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference) led by 10 at halftime and opened the second half on a 15-4 run after a trio of 3-pointers from Samarrippas to make it 47-26.

SIU-Edwardsville (4-13, 1-3) wouldn't go down easily, storming back to pull within two after a Keaton Jackson dunk with 1:08 remaining.

After Jordan Johnson split a pair of free throws, Donivine Stewart hit a layup to cut the Cougar deficit to one with 20 seconds left.

Following two missed free throws by Shirmane Thomas, Stewart couldn't hit a layup and Ray Lester missed the putback as time expired.

Tennessee Tech shot 49 percent from the field and had a 36-30 advantage in rebounding.

Kris Davis led the Cougars with 17 points and Jackson added 11.

SIUE Women

Tennessee Teach 72, SIUE 66

Despite a game-high 19 points from CoCo Moore, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's basketball fell to Tennessee Tech at the Eblen Center.

Tennessee Tech, 5-11 and 2-1 in Ohio Valley Conference play, opened the game with a 17-3 run and held on for the win.

"It was all Tennessee Tech's tempo in the first half," said SIUE coach Paula Buscher. "We're right in there if we could get mentally and physically tougher."

Moore shot 7 of 15 from the field and added a team-best four assists for the Cougars, 4-12 and 1-3 in the OVC. Jessie Wendt and Micah Jones joined Moore in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Diamond Henderson finished as TTU's leading scorer with 13 points. She was one of five players who scored in double figures for the Golden Eagles. Candace Parson and Mariah Dean both had double figures in points and rebounds for Tennessee Tech.

The Golden Eagles also won the battle of the boards 53-36. That included 26 offensive rebounds for the Golden Eagles.

"You can't give up 26 offensive boards and win a game," Buscher said.

After battling back to a 42-30 deficit at halftime, SIUE went on an 11-4 run of its own midway through the second half. Tierny Austin cut the lead to four points (54-50) on a pair of free throws with 6:07 to play.

SIUE made it a one-possession game with 1:01 left to play after Moore hit a layup after a pass from Miranda Brandt. But that was the closest SIUE would get down the stretch. The Eagles would hit eight free throws in the final minute to push back the Cougars.

"We've got to take care of the little things," said Buscher. "We're putting ourselves in position to win games, but we've got to show another level of physical and mental toughness as well as compete on a higher level for 40 minutes."

The road trip for the Cougars continues Monday with a 7 p.m. matchup at Jacksonville State.

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