Russell shines in Southeast's last-second loss to Tennessee Tech, 62-60

Sophomore Nygal Russell led the scoring in Southeast's heartbreaking loss Saturday to visiting Tennessee Tech, 62-60.
Southeast Missouri State University

Three times in the past month, Southeast menís basketball dropped a game by a margin of a single bucket. The third time was particularly heartbreaking as the host Redhawks (5-20, 1-11, Ohio Valley Conference) fought back Saturday to tie Tennessee Tech with very late in the game Ė only to foul and lose the contest with 5.7 seconds left, 62-60.

In the Hall of Fame game, in which the newest inductees were recognized by the crowd of 1,486 at the Show Me Center, the Redhawks battled the Golden Eagles to a 60-60 tie after having fallen behind 37-26 at intermission.

The Redhawks never led but tied the game on three occasions. The last deadlock, with seconds to go, was broken as Tennessee Techís Dane Quest converted twice from the charity stripe to give Tennessee Tech (6-19, 3-9) the win.

Tennessee Tech put two players in double figures, Garrett Golday and Junior Clay, with 13 and 11 points respectively.

Southeastís Nygal Russell led all scorers with 21, including four from beyond the arc. Sage Tolbert had 12 in the losing effort.

Southeast shot 43.4 percent (23-for-53) from the field.

The host teamís other recent close losses were a 61-59 defeat at Eastern Illinois Jan. 25, and a 75-73 home loss to Tennessee State, Jan. 11.

The Redhawks entertain another OVC foe, UT-Martin (7-15, 3-8) Thursday at the Show Me Center.

Scoring

Tennessee Tech 37 25 Ė 62

Southeast 26 34 - 60

Tennessee Tech (62) - Garrett Golday 13, Junior Clay 11, Keishawn Davidson 8, Darius Allen 8, Hunter Vick 7, Tujautae Williams 5, Dane Quest 4, Cade Crossland 3, Reece Wilkinson 2, Amadou Sylla 1. FG 21, FT 12-16, F 19. (Three-pointers: Davidson 2, Allen 2, Vick, Crossland, Clay, Golday. Fouled out: none.)

Southeast (60) Ė Nygal Russell 21, Sage Tolbert 12, Alex Caldwell 6, Skyler Hogan 5, DQ Nicholas 5, Isaiah Gable 4, Quatarrius Wilson 2, Darrious Agnew 2, Evan Morrison 2, Jordan Love 1. (Three-pointers: Russell 4, Hogan, Nicholas. Fouled out: none.)

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