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.