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Eastern Illinois vs Tennessee State

Tennessee St. 67, E. Illinois 59

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Patrick Miller had a career-high 28 points and a near-perfect shooting night as Tennessee State held off Eastern Illinois 67-59 Saturday night in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams.

Miller, whose previous high was 15, shot 7 of 8 from the field, making all three of his 3-point attempts, and was 11 of 11 from the free-throw line.

The Tigers (7-7), who got to .500 for the first time this season by winning their second consecutive game, led 32-19 at halftime and by 19 with 16:30 left. But the Panthers (3-11) chipped away, trimming the deficit to six, at 54-48 with 3:47 remaining.

After Tennessee State pushed the lead back into double figures, Eastern Illinois closed to 63-59 on Josh Piper's 3-pointer with 25 seconds left.

Miller made four free throws to send the Panthers to their seventh straight loss.

Alex Austin scored 18 to lead Eastern Illinois.

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Eastern Illinois Panthers
J. Piper, F291-50-05343
S. Blanford, F242-61-24325
T. Jones, G345-100-040214
A. Akers, G272-50-04634
C. Harvey, G232-51-13006
A. Austin256-95-600318
M. Woods181-35-64157
K. Anderson100-01-20011
A. Lubsey100-11-20001
Totals 19-4414-1924132059
 43.2%73.7% 
Tennessee State Tigers
K. Thornton, F328-120-2101116
M. Rhett, F232-21-38045
P. Miller, G357-811-1142328
J. Cyphers, G334-122-321114
T. Fredrick, G220-20-02200
D. Dockery251-22-51444
M. Green190-10-02010
J. Gaither60-10-00030
A. Millsap50-00-01000
Totals 22-4016-2431101767
 55%66.7% 
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Tenn. St.2-135-25346
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Murray St.15-025-474
UT Martin10-518-10164
Eastern Ill.9-716-13181
SIUE8-812-15273
SE Miss. St.6-912-16274
Austin Peay3-128-21314
 
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