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Tennessee State beats Alabama A&M 80-77

Dec 16, 2009 - 3:34 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.(AP) -- Jeremiah Crutcher scored 25 points and Tennessee State rallied to defeat Alabama A&M 80-77 on Tuesday night.

The Tigers (3-8) trailed 51-45 with 15:49 remaining before scoring eight straight. Jacquan Nobles put Tennessee State ahead for good at 53-51 on two free throws with 12:17 to play.

The Bulldogs (3-4) shot 55.6 percent from the field in the first half (15 of 27) and made just 29.4 percent (10 of 34) in the second.

The Tigers, who shot 55.2 percent in the second half (16 of 29), trailed by as much as 32-20 with 5:23 left in the first half.

Wil Peters added 17 points for Tennessee State and Jacquan Nobles chipped in 13.

Robert Covington had 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who outrebounded Alabama A&M 41-29.

Cornelius Hester scored 19 points and Bo Amusa added 12 for the Bulldogs. Jonathan Inman scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Alabama A&M.