Spencer scores winner as Tennessee St. bumps off Belmont - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Spencer scores winner as Tennessee St. bumps off Belmont

Posted: Updated:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Delano Spencer scored the go-ahead basket and Tennessee State made seven of eight free throws over the final two minutes for a closing 9-0 run to knock off Ohio Valley Conference leader Belmont 64-56 Thursday night.

The win was the fifth in a row for Tennessee State (13-11, 8-5), which has climbed into a tie for third place. Belmont (19-7, 11-2), which had won its previous eight, finds itself in a tie for first with Murray State.

Belmont, which was held to 45-percent shooting, battled back from as many as 13 down to wrest a 56-55 lead with four minutes to go when Dylan Windler scored on an alley-oop, capping a 7-2 run.

The lead didn't last long as Spencer hit a fadeaway jumper on Tennessee State's next possession and the Tigers held Belmont scoreless over the last 3:54, the Bruins missing their last five shots.

Spencer finished with 14 points, Christian Mekowulu scored 18. Tigers made 21 of 26 free throws while Belmont, converting 6 of 9, didn't get to the line in the final 20 minutes.

Amanze Egekeze led Belmont with 16 points.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly