Eillinois 54
EKentucky 35 30 65
Date of game: 1/3/2013

Recap: Eastern Ky vs. Eastern Ill

Richmond, KY (Sports Network) - Tarius Johnson tied a team-high 13 points as the Eastern Kentucky Colonels defeated the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 65-54, in Ohio Valley Conference play at McBrayer Arena.

Johnson was 6-of-8 shooting from the floor including one made 3-pointer for the Colonels (11-3, 1-0 OVC). Mike DiNunno also tied the team-high with 13 points. Marcus Lewis chipped in 11 points as the Colonels remained perfect (8-0) at home.

For the Panthers (3-12, 0-2), Morris Woods scored a game-high 15 points off the bench. Josh Piper scored 10 points and pulled down five boards.

Eastern Kentucky shot 52 percent from the floor and went on a 16-2 run late in the first half, eventually claiming a 35-18 advantage at the break

Eastern Illinois fought back shooting 53.9 percent from the floor in the second half, but Eastern Kentucky would make 5-of-12 from beyond the arc to earn the 11-point victory.

Both teams shot 45.7 percent from the floor, but Eastern Kentucky's nine 3-pointers and 14 made free-throws gave the Colonels the win.

Game Notes

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