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Redhawks Storm Back to Take Down Tennessee Tech, 83-74
Paul McRoberts came off the bench to score a season-high 16 points against Tennessee Tech

Redhawks Storm Back to Take Down Tennessee Tech, 83-74

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn.Tyler Stone had a double-double 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Paul McRoberts and Jamaal Calvin each scored double figures off the bench to help Southeast Missouri (10-9, 2-4) snap a five-game road losing streak in a 83-74 victory over Tennessee Tech (10-10, 3-2) Saturday night.
 
Southeast, which won away from home for the first time since beating Southeastern Louisiana, 74-73, on Dec. 7, took down TTU in Cookeville for the second time under head coach Dickey Nutt. The Golden Eagles won 11 of the last 12 meetings against the Redhawks at the Eblen Center prior to tonight. The Redhawks handed TTU just its second loss at home this season.

"We had to try to find a way to win on the road and I thought our guys played magnificently tonight," said Nutt. "We really did some good things offensively and defensively, and never gave up."

The Redhawks missed 10 of their first 11 shots and fell behind 13-0 in the first five minutes of the game. Southeast turned the ball over five times in the first 4:29 and Jordan Johnson buried a pair of three-pointers to help TTU grab the early double-digit lead.

Southeast, which could have very easily folded, never hung its head and stormed back to stymie the Golden Eagles.

After Anthony Morse's free throw pushed TTU's lead to 18-3 with 12:07 left to play in the first half, the Redhawks recovered with a 31-11 run to take a 34-29 lead at the intermission.

Stone, who missed his first four field goals of the game, regrouped to lead the way with 10 points and nine rebounds in the first half. Equally important was the big lift the Redhawks got from their reserves.

Paul McRoberts and Jamaal Calvin combined for 14 points off the bench to help key the big run. Calvin knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game at 26-26 with 3:23 left to play.
 
McRoberts then made a layup to tie the game at 28-28 and gave Southeast its first lead with a jumper at the 1:25 mark. All nine of McRoberts' first-half points came in a span of 3:36.

Southeast rode its momentum into the second half where it opened with a 14-4 run in the first 3:32. McRoberts nailed a three-pointer to get things started and scored the layup that widened the Redhawks lead to 48-33 with 16:28 on the clock. Calvin contributed five more points during that jaunt, as well.

Stone did not miss in the game's final 20 minutes, going 5-of-5 from the field. His layup gave Southeast its biggest lead at 50-33 with 15:36 left.

The Redhawks did not let their lead dip below double-digits until the final three minutes of the game. Johnson's three-pointer pulled the Golden Eagles within eight (81-73) with 33 seconds remaining, but that was as close as they would get.

Stone shot 8-of-12 from the field and 7-of-9 at the free throw line to lead five players in double figures. The double-double marked Stone's team-high seventh this season.

McRoberts followed with a season-high 16 points on 7-of-12 field goals. He also made two threes, pulled down five rebounds and had two blocks in 29 minutes.

Calvin and Jarekious Bradley each had 12 points and Nino Johnson chipped in 10.

"Paul and Jamaal were the difference in this game," said Nutt. "They really gave us a lot of energy."

Southeast shot just under 50 percent (49.1) on the night, making 57.7 percent (15-of-26) of its field goals in the second half. In addition, the Redhawks shot 87.5 percent (21-of-24) at the free throw line after shooting just over 50 percent two days earlier at Morehead State.

Not to mention, Southeast held a commanding +17 advantage on the boards, outrebounding TTU, 49-32.

Johnson led the Golden Eagles with 13 points.

Southeast's 83 points were the most scored against TTU in conference play this season. The Golden Eagles entered tonight's contest giving up 69 points per game.

The Redhawks return to Cape Girardeau for a three-game homestand beginning Thursday when they host SIU Edwardsville. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., CT, at the Show Me Center.
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