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E. Kentucky 83, Tennessee St. 74

February 23, 1997

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) _ Jared Carpenter had 15 points to lead six Eastern Kentucky players in double figures as the Colonels defeated Tennessee State 83-74 Saturday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

With the score tied at 17, Eastern went on a 10-2 run, capped by a Jared Carpenter 3-pointer, to take the lead for good at 27-19 with 7:30 left in the first half.

Eastern (8-18, 6-12) shot 47 percent in the first half and held Tennessee State (9-17, 7-11) to just 30 percent in taking a 42-31 lead at intermission.

Eastern led by as many as 71-55 with 6:18 left when Tennessee State mounted a comeback. Tennessee State cut the lead to 72-64 on a Keith Samuel layup with 2:25 left.

But Eastern hit eight of 10 free throws in the final minutes to seal the win.

Aaron Cecil added 14, Carlos Bess and Chris Fitzgerald 13, and Travis Inskeep and Daniel Sutton 10 for Eastern.

Jason Johnson led Tennessee State with 25 points. Kevin Samuel added 18 and Keith Samuel 16.

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