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Covington scores 27 in 74-67 Tennessee State win

Feb 26, 2010 - 4:53 AM CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.(AP) -- Robert Covington had 27 points and 16 rebounds Thursday as Tennessee State held off Southeast Missouri State 74-67.

Covington was 13 for 13 from the free-throw line, hit both of his 3-point attempts and was 6 for 12 overall from the field as the Tigers (9-21, 6-11 Ohio Valley) sent the Redhawks (7-22, 3-14) to their seventh straight loss.

Anthony Allison led Southeast Missouri with 30 points.

Tennessee State led by as many as 18 in the first half and was up 43-29 at the break. But the Redhawks used a 10-0 run midway through the second half to tie the game at 52 with 9:13 remaining.

Southeast Missouri took its only lead of the game, 62-60, on a 3-pointer by Marland Smith with 5:14 left, but the Tigers answered with back-to-back 3-pointers from Jeremiah Crutcher and Wil Peters and held off the Redhawks the rest of the way.