Tennessee State forced three turnovers in the final 12 seconds and Kenny Moore and Jordan Cyphers combined to make three free throws as the Tigers held on and upset Murray State 72-68 on Thursday at Murray, Ky.
Murray State (23-1, 11-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference) was the last undefeated team in Division I and was ranked ninth in the latest Associated Press poll.
TSU (16-10, 9-4) went ahead to stay when Robert Covington’s 3-pointer broke a 62-62 tie with 4:12 remaining. The Tigers led by as many as five after that but were up by one, 69-68, after Murray’s Isaiah Canaan was fouled on a layup and made the accompanying free throw with 41 seconds to go.
Covington led TSU with 17 points and eight rebounds but missed two free throws with 11.2 seconds to play after Patrick Miller stole an inbound pass.
Murray failed to attempt another shot, though. Canaan committed a turnover and a foul that sent Moore to the line with 3.5 seconds left, and Cyphers was fouled after another turnover. Moore made both of his foul shots, and Cyphers made the first of two.
Moore added 16 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Tigers, who trailed by seven at halftime but extended their current road win streak to four games. Miller finished with 12 points, four assists and three steals, and Miller chipped in 10 points.
Canaan made 10 of Murray State’s 23 field goals and led all scorers with 31 points. Donte Poole, with 10 points, was the only other Racers player in double figures.
The teams will play again Feb. 23 at the Gentry Center on TSU’s campus. That game will be televised by ESPNU.