Need To Know
After a two year absence, Eastern Illinois is back in the OVC Tournament. They will be the seven-seed and face six-seed Southeast Missouri in the late game on Wednesday. SIU Edwardsville will not make the OVC Tournament, and finishes the season at 9-18, 5-11 in conference play.
|FG (%)||18-46 (39.1%)||23-48 (47.9%)|
|3FG (%)||2-9 (22.2%)||6-15 (40.0%)|
|FT (%)||8-14 (57.1%)||9-14 (64.3%)|
|REB (O/D)||31 (8/23)||28 (5/23)|
Points: Morris Woods – 13
Rebounds: Sherman Blandford – 6
Assists: Austin Akers – 8
Points: Mark Yelovich – 16
Rebounds: Mark Yelovich – 6
Assists: Mark Yelovich – 3
Provided by Eastern Illinois Athletics
Eastern Illinois jumped out to a commanding 40-16 halftime lead as the Panthers advanced to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time since 2010 with a 61-46 win over SIU Edwardsville on Saturday.
EIU improved to 11-20 overall, 6-10 in the OVC. The Panthers will play as the No. 7 seed against Southeast Missouri on Wednesday night with a scheduled 8 p.m. start at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. SIUE ends the season at 9-18 overall, 5-11 in the OVC.
The Panthers opened the game with a 13-2 run in the first 5:41 of the game with a balanced scoring attack. Morris Woods hit a lay-up with 14:19 to play in the half as he led EIU with 13 points off the bench.
EIU extended the lead to 16 points when Woods hit a pair of free throws with 6:31 left, pushing EIU’s lead to 27-11. Alex Austin hit a transition three followed up by a dunk with 2:45 left to give EIU a 37-13 lead. The Panthers finished the half with an Austin Akers 3-pointer. Akers had eight points and eight assists. EIU shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half passing out nine assists with no turnovers.
SIUE chipped away at the EIU lead in the second half hitting 4-of-5 shots to open the half. Michael Messer’s 3-pointer with 15:50 to play cut EIU’s lead to 42-25. Josh Piper answered with a 3-pointer for EIU as the Panthers ended the night 6-of-15 from 3-point range.
Woods hit lay-up with 11:33 to play giving EIU a 49-25 lead. The Panthers would then go cold from the field failing to hit a field goal for the next eight-plus minutes as SIUE cut the margin to 13 at 51-38 as Mark Yelovich converted a lay-up. Yelovich led SIUE with 16 points, the only Cougar player in double figures.
EIU them slammed the door on the come back as Sherman Blanford had a dunk in transition followed by a Woods lay-up on the next play after Taylor Jones picked up a steal in the paint. EIU closed the game at the free throw line.
Blanford had 10 points. Jones had nine points and three steals.
What You’re Saying
Don’t laugh, don’t laugh, don’t laugh…darn.
someone must have told the cougars, before the game, that if they lose they could go out and drink more often on the weekends
— Eric Callison (@ECal15) March 2, 2013
There are a lot of tweets like these. Some with much harsher language. The wound will heal with time.
This may be the most unprepared I have ever seen this SIUe team in their biggest game all year. What a waste of talent.
— Jonathan Shank (@jonathanshank) March 2, 2013