RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) – Kajon Mack scored the final six points of the game – all at the free-throw line – and Tennessee Tech rallied for a 70-67 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night.
Mack scored 17 for the Golden Eagles (13-7, 5-2 Ohio Valley Conference) with four assists and two steals. He made just 3 of 16 shots from the floor, but made up for it with an 11-of-11 effort at the foul line. Curtis Phillips Jr. added 13 points, while Mason Ramsey and Corey Tillery each scored 10 and combined to pull down 11 rebounds.
DeAndre Dishman scored 18 on 9-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds and three steals for the Colonels (8-12, 2-5). A.J. Youngman and Dujuanta Weaver both added 14 points and Nick Mayo chipped in with 12 points and seven boards.
The Golden Eagles led 36-32 at halftime, but Youngman hit a 3-pointer in an 8-0 run to open the second half to put the Colonels on top 39-36. Eastern Kentucky used another Youngman 3 to take a 59-53 lead with 7:20 left to play. Micaiah Henry’s dunk capped an 8-2 run and Tennessee Tech led 63-61 with four minutes remaining. Eastern Kentucky regained the lead 67-64 on two Dishman buckets and two Mayo free throws with 1:46 left, but the Golden Eagles held the Colonels scoreless the rest of the way and Mack took care of business at the charity stripe.
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