Jackson, Benton with career nights, SIUE tops Tennessee St
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) Brandon Jackson led the way with a career-high 19 points, Justin Benton scored a career-high 17 points and Daniel Kinchen also scored 17 as Southern Illinois-Edwardsville rallied past Tennessee State 82-79 Saturday night.
Tennessee State took a 67-65 lead on a Kamar McKnight layup and Darreon Reddick's 3-pointer made it 72-67 with just over five minutes left.
From there, however, the Tigers hit just two of their last six shots. SIUE (6-10, 2-3 Ohio Valley Conference) scored 15 points down the stretch, pulling ahead for good when Benton scored and was fouled, the 3-point play creating a 79-77 lead with a minute to go.
The Cougars shot 59 percent (28 of 47) with nine 3-pointers and converted 17 of 22 at the line. The tense contest was tied seven times and had 14 lead changes.
Updated January 13, 2018