NASHVILLE — Marland Smith hit six three-pointers and had a double-double to lead Southeast Missouri State past Eastern Kentucky 65-49 Wednesday night in the first round of the men's Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
Smith finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Redhawks (10-21), who will take on No. 3-seeded Austin Peay in Thursday night's quarterfinal round at Municipal Auditorium.
Leon Powell added 12 points and Marcus Brister scored 11 for Southeast Missouri, which went on a 19-2 run in the second half to lead 52-38. Lucas Nutt, son of head coach Dickey Nutt and nephew of Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt, added 10 points.
Joshua Jones led EKU (15-16) with 15 points, Justin Stommes had 11, and Spencer Perrin 10. Stommes hit a 30-footer to pull the Colonels within one, 29-28, at the halftime buzzer and another three to stop a 7½ -minute scoring drought with 7:49 to play.
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Tennessee Martin 68, Tennessee St. 64: Terence Smith scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half to help eighth-seeded Tennessee-Martin upend No. 5 seed Tennessee State in the first round.
Mike Liabo made a four-point play with 4:31 left to give the Skyhawks the lead, 60-59, for the first time since 2-0.
Smith then scored Tennessee-Martin's next seven points to give the Skyhawks their largest lead, 65-61, with 42 seconds left.
Austin Peay 71, Murray State 64: The Lady Govs survived a long second-half drought before downing Murray State in an OVC Tournament opener.
Fifth-seeded Austin Peay (14-17) built a 19-point lead, 48-29, with 18:30 remaining in the second half. But eighth-seeded Murray State (9-21) whittled away at APSU's lead over the next five minutes, trimming it to 12 points, 52-40, with 13:53 left.
The Lady Govs finally stemmed the rush and pushed the lead back to five points.
Murray State tied the game again, 61-61, with 2:34 left but could not find the basket that would give it the lead. A layup with 2:05 left kept APSU ahead and the Lady Govs made eight of their 11 free throws in the final 2:05 to secure the victory.
Jacksonville State 57, Tennessee State 55: Brittany Wiley's basket with five seconds left pushed Jacksonville State past Tennessee State.
Wiley, who scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, drove the lane with time winding down and knocked down the basket.