COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Patrick Miller scored 21 points and Tennessee State won its third straight game, beating Tennessee Tech 72-66 Thursday night in Ohio Valley Conference play.
M.J. Rhett, who entered the game averaging just 3.1 points, posted a career-high 16 and Jordan Cyphers added 14 for the Tigers (8-7, 2-0), who have won six of their last eight games after losing five of their first seven.
Tennessee State was, again, without one of their biggest weapons, Robert Covington. Covington, who also missed the Tigers' previous two games, was averaging 17.4 points and 7.7 rebounds before tearing his meniscus in his right knee on Dec. 18.
NC State lands guard Markell Johnson, who has reclassified into the class of 2016 after being ranked No. 48 in the ESPN 100 in the class of 2017.
Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings, the son of University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Kevin Stallings, made his major league debut on Sunday night.
Iowa State lands transfer Ray Kasongo from Tennessee.
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