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Eastern Illinois picked up it’s first win of the season Wednesday night over Loyola(IL), to improve to 1-1 on the season. Loyola falls to 0-3 on the season. Alfonzo McKinnie led EIU with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 blocks. Jeremy Granger added 10 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.

The game remained close throughout, with the biggest lead of 7 belonging to EIU at halftime. EIU played a physical game to challenge the size of Loyola’s frontcourt of Walt Gibler and Ben Averkamp by forcing 14 turnovers.

Freshman Joey Miller was fouled and scored on a layup with 51 seconds remaining, then made the free throw to put EIU up for good.

Other notes:

James Hollowell did not start for the second straight game, coming off the bench scoring 8 points. He’s been battling a bad back.

Freshman forward Josh Piper played 25 minutes, scoring 4 points and recording a block. Along with Nick McFarlin, Piper is the only legitimate big man on EIU.

Attendance in Charleston: 1,233

  1. Anonymous:
    Piper had a couple of assists. He played a very solid game, especially for a freshman. Looking forward to seeing Heron contribute more and curious to see what Jonathon Miller can do. Good win against Loyola.
  2. EIU Panthers:
    Coach Miller seems to be playing a lot of the bench to see who is going to be in the season rotation. Austin Akers and Malcolm Herron seem to be the others who have real potential.
OVC Ball
Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24