NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kellen Thornton had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Patrick Miller and Robert Covington scored 17 each to lead Tennessee State to an 84-65 victory over Tennessee Tech in Ohio Valley Conference play Thursday night.
Jud Dillard had 20 points and eight rebounds, Dennis Ogbe scored 17 with 12 rebounds, and Jeremia Samarrippas added 12 points for the Golden Eagles (8-13, 2-7), who have lost nine of their past 11 games.
Tennessee Tech committed 24 turnovers, which led to 32 points for Tennessee State.
The Tigers led 24-7 midway through the first half and cruised to the victory.
Tennessee State shot 42.6 percent from the field (26 of 61), while Tennessee Tech shot 32.8 percent (19 of 58).
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
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