COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Jud Dillard scored 20 points and Tennessee Tech held off Missouri-Kansas City 68-62 Saturday night in a nonconference game.
The Golden Eagles (11-16) led by nine in the second half, but the Kangaroos kept bouncing back to tie it five times.
Knotted at 58-58 with 3:48 left, Tennessee Tech closed the game on a 10-4 run, sparked by five straight points by Jeremiah Samarrippas.
Tennessee Tech made 17 of 22 free throws, including 10 of 12 in the second half, while the UMKC was 11 of 19 from the line.
Led by Fred Chatmon's 10 boards, the Kangaroos (7-22), of the Summit League, had a 37-32 rebounding advantage.
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Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
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