Tahjere McCall scored 22 points as Tennessee State held on in the final seconds to edge Eastern Kentucky 79-78 on Saturday.
The Tigers (18-7, 9-3 Ohio Valley) led by three with six seconds remaining when Eastern Kentucky's Jarelle Reischel made a tip shot to make it 79-78. A steal by Eastern Kentucky's Isaac McGlone at the other end gave the Colonels (14-14, 5-8) one more chance to score but Reischel missed two consecutive shots as time expired.
Keron Deshields had 18 points with seven assists and three steals for the Tigers. Xavier Richards added 11 points and four rebounds.
Tennessee State trailed 41-37 at the break but McCall hit a 3-pointer midway through the second half and then sank five free throws to help put the Tigers on top 61-58 with 8:52 to play.
Ja'Mill Powell scored 25 points for the Colonels. Reischel finished with 13.