NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Neiko Hunter scored 19 points, making 11 of 13 free throws, as Middle Tennessee held on to defeat Tennessee State 74-66 Tuesday night.
Kerry Hammonds had 16 points, Shawn Jones added 14 and Reggie Upshaw had 10 for Middle Tennessee (10-5).
Middle Tennessee led 30-11 at the 6:30 mark of the first half and was ahead 39-28 at the break. Tennessee State closed to 54-52 with 8:42 remaining following two free throws by Jay Harris. Jones followed with two consecutive jump shots to stretch the lead to 58-52.
The Tigers came within three, 69-66, following a Kennedy Eubanks layup with 23 seconds remaining in the game. Hammonds then made three free throws and Hunter made two more in the final 19 seconds to seal the victory.