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Eastern Illinois hit a season high 10 threes, but struggle mightily from inside in a 66-52 loss to Stony Brook. The result is another poor shooting night for the Panthers, who finish just 34% from the field.

The Panthers did shoot 86% from the line, which proves to be less impressive when you realize they were just 6-7 from the charity stripe, drawing only 9 fouls all night. Stony Brook finished 16-17 from the line.

Despite the struggles, Eastern Illinois was within one with under 6 minutes to play, but a 16-3 Seawolves run shut the door on the Panthers comeback. A similar 8-0 run to end the first half broke open a one point game as well.

Josh Piper led the way again for the Panthers, finishing with a team-high 14 points. Sherman Blanford added 8 points and 5 rebounds, and guard Malcolm Herron led the way on the boards, pulling down a career high 8 rebounds.

“Stony Brook is a good team and a good rebounding team.  Today we out rebounded them on the offensive glass,” said EIU head coach Jay Spoonhour.  “We had a hard time creating shots and were not able to get to the free throw line.”

The Panthers had another good night on the defensive end, holding Stony Brook to 41% shooting, but allowing the Seawolves 10 threes. Marcus Rouse led the way in the win with 16 points.

The loss keeps Eastern Illinois winless in true roads games on the season.

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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