Semissouri 34 40 74
Eillinois 33 35 68
Date of game: 2/8/2014

Recap: Eastern Ill vs. SE Missouri St

Charleston, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Paced by 18 points from Darrian Gray, the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks held off the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 74-68, in Ohio Valley Conference play at Lantz Arena.

Tyler Stone added 16 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and two steals for the Redhawks (13-12. 4-7 OVC), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Jarekious Bradley notched a double-double for the hosts with 13 points and 10 boards, while Lucas Nutt handed out seven assists.

For the Panthers (9-15. 6-6), Sherman Blanford led all scorers with 20 points to go with nine rebounds. Reggie Smith put up 13 points, six rebounds and five assists and Alex Austin netted 12 points off the bench.

A tightly-contested first half ended with SEMO owning a slim 34-33 lead. The Redhawks shot 46.4 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, slightly better than the Panthers' 44.4 percent.

SEMO held firm to its advantage for the entire second half. EIU managed to bring its deficit to just one possession on several occasions, including to two, 69-67, with 37 seconds to play, but the Redhawks finished the game shooting 5-of-6 from the foul line to seal their fate.

SEMO earned a 35-32 rebounding advantage and outscored EIU in the paint, 36-22.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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