Eastern Illinois vs Tennessee State

Tennessee St. 67, E. Illinois 59


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
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
Ohio Valley
EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Eastern Ky.11-521-12156
Morehead St.10-617-17201
Jax. State5-1112-19304
Tenn. Tech4-1212-18290
Tenn. St.2-145-26341
WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Murray St.16-029-663
UT Martin10-621-13177
Eastern Ill.9-718-15173
SE Miss. St.7-913-17289
Austin Peay3-138-22318
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WMU 68 Final
SACL 77 Final
UNLV 73 Final
UNC 79
AUB 79 Final
ILL 81
UK 77 Final
LOU 80
CHST 44 Final
AF 61 Final
FLA 78
CMICH 73 Final
AST 36 Final
SYR 57
UMKC 44 Final
KSU 52
AMER 57 Final
KAN 89
BUTL 68 Final
VAN 49
EVAN 70 Final