NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kellen Thorton recorded career-highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead Tennessee State past Southeast Missouri 81-69 Saturday night in an Ohio Valley conference game.
The Tigers shot 64 percent (16 for 25) in the first half and held the Redhawks to 38.5 percent (10 for 26) in the period. Tennessee State led at halftime 43-29.
Southern Missouri (10-9, 2-3) cut the lead to nine, 58-49, early in the second half, but Tennessee State went back up by double figures when Cyphers answered with a 3-pointer to make it 61-49.
The Tigers led by as many as 17 points and converted 14 free throws in the period while Southern Missouri made only six for the game.
Corey Wilford led the Redhawks with 15 points.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.
College basketball fans should be excited about next season's Jimmy V Classic, an event that will feature Duke's heralded freshman class.
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