NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Robert Covington scored 29 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Tennessee State to a 92-53 win over NAIA opponent Fisk on Monday night.
Covington made 10 of 14 shots while Kellen Thornton made 11 of 13 en route to 22 points for the Tigers. Jordan Cyphers came off the bench for 14 points, as Tennessee State's bench outscored Fisk's 29-13.
Tennessee State (2-5) held Fisk to 20 percent (6 of 30) in the first half and led 39-20 at the break. The Tigers shot 68 percent (17 of 25) in the second half to pull away.
The Tigers outrebounded Fisk 45-28 and outscored the Bulldogs 48-28 in the paint.
Tennessee State scored 24 points off those turnovers and knocked down 22 of 27 free throws.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
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