EIU Men's Basketball Team Wins School Record Ninth Straight Game

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MOREHEAD, Ky.  (EIUPanthers.com) – Eastern Illinois won its ninth straight game coming from behind in the second half on Saturday afternoon at Morehead State for a 65-62 win.  The nine straight wins set the Panthers NCAA Division I record for consecutive wins.

EIU improved to 12-6 overall, 6-0 in the OVC as they swept the OVC East Division this year.  The Panthers host Murray State on Thursday night at 8 p.m. in Lantz Arena.  The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports.  Morehead State fell to 7-13, 2-3 in the OVC.

Eastern Illinois defense held Morehead State without a field goal until the 13:16 mark of the first half when the Eagles sank a 3-pointer by Corbin Collins.  The Eagles first four field goals of the game came from 3-point range as they led 15-14 following Brent Arrington's 3-pointer with 6:56 to play.

Cornell Johnston had three 3-pointers in the final 5:42 of the first half as the Panthers outscored MSU 11-2 to close out the half and lead 25-19 at the half.  Josh Piper scored the other two points on a pair of free throws.

Johnston scored 12 points in the first and finished the game with 22 points going 4-of-5 on 3-pointers. 

Morehead State opened the second half with a 19-5 run.  Billy Reader had the first two baskets in the low block as the Eagles hit six of eight shots to open the half.  Karam Mashour was big in the run scoring nine of his 12 points with three lay-ups and a 3-pointer.

Reggie Smith was able to slow the MSU run with a jumper at the baseline with just under 15 minutes to play after MSU had built the lead to 38-30.  Smith had 11 points for EIU.

After weathering the Morehead State run, EIU tied the game with 5 minutes left to play on a free throw by Trae Anderson.  A defensive stand led to a dunk by LeTrell Viser with 4:27 to play giving the Panthers a 53-51 lead.

Corban Collins tied the game for Morehead State with 3:25 to play following a steal and basket.  Johnston responded with a three point play for the Panthers and they were able to hold off the Eagles.

Collins had 12 points for MSU.  Reader and Brent Arrington led MSU with 16 points each as they shot 43 percent for the game after a 59 percent shooting effort in the second half.


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