OVC Ball Statbox
|0-1 (0-0 OVC)|
|1-0 (0-0 MVC)|
|21/51 (41.2%)||Field Goals||20/43 (46.5%)|
|6/17 (35.3%)||3-Point FG||6/12 (50.0%)|
|5/5 (100.0%)||Free Throws||18/25 (72.0%)|
|28 (9/19)||Rebounds (O/D)||27 (8/19)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Eastern Illinois offense
Missouri State offense
|Points:||Olivier (16)||Marshall (38)|
|Rebounds:||Olivier, L. Piotrowski (5)||Boone (9)|
|Assists:||Chapman, Smith (3)||Williams (4)|
|Steals:||Chapman, Smith (1)||Kendrix (2)|
Eastern Illinois had a scoring drought of more than eight minutes in the second half, leaving the Panthers with a sour 64-53 loss in their season opener at Missouri State.
EIU held the lead throughout the first half, and into the last seven minutes of the game, until Christian Kirk gave the Bears their first lead with a bank shot, capping a 10-0 run Missouri State run.
After Reggie Smith put EIU back in front with a pair of free throws, Missouri State’s Marcus Marshall hit one of his six three’s, putting the Bears up for good. Marshall finished the game with 38 points, on 12-16 shooting from the field, and 6-7 shooting from three.
EIU jumped out a 14-5 lead in the game’s first eight minutes. Chris Olivier was a big part of the Panthers good start, scoring 14 first half points. The Panthers defense was solid until the 3:49 mark of the first half, as they had limited Missouri State to 4-18 shooting. Marshall then caught fire, scoring 12 straight Bears points to cut EIU’s lead to 29-27 at the half.
The Bears scored on their first three possessions of the second half, but EIU would rally back. Josh Piper hit his second 3-pointer of the second half, pushing the Panthers lead to seven with 15:04 remaining. EIU would lead by nine with 11:11 to play — but Missouri State would dominate from there on.
EIU shot 41-percent from the field the game. MSU was red hot in the second half — finishing the night shooting 47 from the field after a rough first 20 minutes.
Piper had six points as did Smith, Cornell Johnston and Trae Anderson for EIU. Kirk added eight for Missouri State.
EIU returns to action on Monday night hosting Eureka College at 7 p.m. in the home opener at Lantz Arena.