EIU Holds Off Late Rally For Win, College Roundup


Published on January 27 2014 12:50 pm
Last Updated on January 27 2014 12:50 pm
Written by Millie Lange

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.  – The Panther men’s basketball team held off a late Southeast Missouri rally, defeating the Redhawks, 77-74, on Saturday evening at the Show Me Center. EIU improves to 7-13 on the year and 4-5 in Ohio Valley Conference action.

Trailing 70-58 with 2:41 left in the game, the Redhawks (11-10, 3-5 OVC) rallied to get within three (75-72) with 16 seconds on the clock on a Jarekious Bradley three pointer. Josh Piper hit one of two free throws on the ensuing possession to seal the win before Lucas Nutt hit a layup as time expired for the 77-74 final ledger.

Trailing 19-18 with 10:24 left in the first half, the Panthers went on a 19-1 run over the next seven minutes to take their largest lead of the game, 37-20. SEMO responded by closing the first stanza on a 13-2 run to make the score 39-33 at intermission.

EIU shot 50 percent or better from the floor for the third consecutive game, going 28-for-56 from the floor. The Panthers also went 7-for-13 from behind the arc and 14-for-24 from the charity stripe.

Reggie Smith led EIU in scoring with a game-high 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Chris Olivier nearly missed a double-double with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Dylan Chatman added 13 points as the junior guard went 4-for-4 from behind the arc.

SIUE Earns First Road Win Of Season

MARTIN, Tenn. – Four SIUE players scored in double figures, and the Cougars combined to shoot 61.2 percent from the field en route to their first road win of the year, an 87-82 win over UT Martin in Ohio Valley Conference action at Skyhawk Arena.

"I am thrilled for our guys that they were able to pull one out tonight," SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester said. "It was a great team effort by every single one of them."

The win moves the Cougars to 4-4 in OVC play and 7-14 overall. UT Martin fell to 7-16 and 2-6 in the OVC.

Kris Davis scored a season-high 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting. He was 2 for 2 from three point range and 4 for 4 at the free throw line. The last two free throws came with less than two minutes to play, after the junior guard had sprained his ankle. He left the game immediately after making the shots.

"He was at the free throw line and the ankle was swelling up on him at the line," Forrester said. "He hung in there and made some tough plays for us."


EIU Women Drop Contest

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. - Southeast Missouri shot 58 percent from the floor in the second half as the Redhawks snapped a nine-game losing streak against Eastern Illinois beating the Panthers 66-49 on Saturday afternoon at the Show Me Center.  

EIU fell to 8-11 overall, 3-5 in the OVC.  The Panthers will play at UT Martin on Monday night at 7 p.m.  SEMO improved to 6-13, 2-4 in the OVC.

EIU opened the game with a 9-2 run and led 11-4 after SEMO made just one of its first twelve shots.  Sabina Oroszova had four early points for the Panthers as she led EIU with 12 points.  

SEMO took its first lead of the game at 12-11 on a 3-pointer by Allyson Bradshaw.  Morgan Palombizio's jumper at 6:19 put the Panthers back in front at 16-14 in what would be the final EIU lead of the game.  

Jordan Hunter drained a 3-pointer on the next Redhawks drive followed by a Kara Wright three point play on the next possession.  Katlyn Payne's 3-pointer tied the game with 30 seconds left before Hunter gave SEMO the halftime lead 24-22 with a lay-up with six seconds left to play in the half.  Hunter led all players with 22 points adding nine rebounds and eight assists.