Tennessee Tech (12-9, 8-4 Ohio Valley Conference) led at the half 35-32, though the lead changed seven times in a close match that saw the score tied eight times.
Tennessee Tech's largest lead was by 9 points late in the second half. Tennessee State led by as much as eight in the early part of the first half.
The Golden Eagles earned 15 points from turnovers while Tennessee State (10-11, 6-5) grabbed 16. Tennessee Tech scored 26 points in the paint, easily beating out the Tigers' 16.
The Tigers' had five players with double-digit scores. Moraye Ivy and Clarence Matthews both earned 14 points while Courtney Bohannon contributed 13. Reiley Ervin and Ladarious Weaver both scored 11 points.