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Eastern Illinois upsets Tennessee State in OVC opener, 73-71

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Ray Crossland missed one chance to clinch Eastern Illinois' first-round upset of Tennessee State in a first-round Ohio Valley Conference tournament game, but he redeemed himself by blocking a 3-point try by Delano Spencer with a second left to preserve a 73-71 win Wednesday night.

The No. 7 seed, Eastern Illinois advances to face No. 3 Austin Peay in a quarterfinal battle Thursday.

After hitting 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute, Crossland stepped to the line with four seconds left with the chance to turn a two-point lead into a two-possession advantage. But he missed both free throws. The Tigers got the ball to Spencer, who hit two layups and a 3-pointer in the final :21 seconds to get Tennessee State within two points, but Crossland got a hand on his 3-point try.

Eastern Illinois held an 11-point advantage with just over five minutes to play after Montell Goodwin hit a jumper. Darreon Reddick hit a 3-pointer, Spencer turned a 3-point play, Armani Chaney and Stokley Chaffee Jr. both hit 3s and Tennessee State, the No. 6 seed, had cut its deficit to just three, 65-62.

Mack Smith answered with a 3 with 1:04 left and Crossland hit the first of two free throws to push the lead to 69-62 with :43 left. Spenser was fouled behind the arc and hit 2 of 3 from the line to make it 69-64, but DeVantae' Price added a free throw with :34 left.

Crossland finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Goodwin finished with 20 points to lead the Panthers (12-18) and Mack Smith added 15 points.

Spencer had 17 points to lead Tennessee State (15-15). Christian Mekowulu scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Chaney added 15 points.

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Key Players
T. Lewis
2 G
A. Chaney
29.1 Min. Per Game 29.1
7.6 Pts. Per Game 7.6
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
36.5 Field Goal % 36.9
38.3 Three Point % 30.2
66.7 Free Throw % 72.4
  Defensive rebound by Mack Smith 0.0
  Delano Spencer missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Ray Crossland 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Christian Mekowulu 4.0
  Ray Crossland missed 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
  Ray Crossland missed 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Delano Spencer 4.0
+ 2 Delano Spencer made layup 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Stokley Chaffee Jr. 10.0
  Montell Goodwin missed 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
  Montell Goodwin missed 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Stokley Chaffee Jr. 10.0
Team Stats
Points 73 71
Field Goals 23-49 (46.9%) 23-50 (46.0%)
3-Pointers 9-22 (40.9%) 9-22 (40.9%)
Free Throws 18-31 (58.1%) 16-22 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 34 31
Offensive 7 3
Defensive 25 25
Team 2 3
Assists 14 12
Steals 9 6
Blocks 3 2
Turnovers 14 15
Fouls 20 21
Technicals 0 1
20 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 5 REB
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away team logo Eastern Ill. 12-18 244973
home team logo Tenn. St. 15-15 224971
Team Stats
away team logo Eastern Ill. 12-18 71.8 PPG 38.3 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo Tenn. St. 15-15 72.7 PPG 37 RPG 11.4 APG
Key Players
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M. Goodwin G PPG RPG APG FG%
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D. Spencer G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Goodwin G 20 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
D. Spencer G 17 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
46.9 FG% 46.0
40.9 3PT FG% 40.9
58.1 FT% 72.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Goodwin 20 2 2 8/15 2/6 2/5 3 38 2 1 3 0 2
M. Smith 15 5 1 5/11 3/7 2/3 3 37 3 0 2 0 5
R. Crossland 11 7 4 3/10 2/5 3/6 3 40 2 2 4 4 3
M. Dama 8 1 2 3/5 0/0 2/2 5 17 1 0 3 0 1
L. Jones 2 2 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 19 1 0 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Goodwin 20 2 2 8/15 2/6 2/5 3 38 2 1 3 0 2
M. Smith 15 5 1 5/11 3/7 2/3 3 37 3 0 2 0 5
R. Crossland 11 7 4 3/10 2/5 3/6 3 40 2 2 4 4 3
M. Dama 8 1 2 3/5 0/0 2/2 5 17 1 0 3 0 1
L. Jones 2 2 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 19 1 0 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Starks 8 3 0 2/4 2/3 2/2 0 13 0 0 1 0 3
D. Price 6 7 3 0/1 0/0 6/10 1 14 0 0 1 1 6
A. Diallo 3 5 1 1/1 0/0 1/2 4 21 0 0 0 1 4
D. Jackson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Lewis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Koch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Chavers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 32 14 23/49 9/22 18/31 20 200 9 3 14 7 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Spencer 17 5 0 6/12 2/6 3/6 1 38 0 0 4 0 5
C. Mekowulu 15 12 1 5/8 0/0 5/5 1 37 0 1 1 1 11
A. Chaney 15 2 6 4/12 3/6 4/5 5 27 0 0 5 0 2
S. Chaffee Jr. 9 6 0 4/5 1/1 0/0 3 28 4 1 1 1 5
D. Reddick 6 1 4 1/5 1/4 3/4 3 38 2 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Spencer 17 5 0 6/12 2/6 3/6 1 38 0 0 4 0 5
C. Mekowulu 15 12 1 5/8 0/0 5/5 1 37 0 1 1 1 11
A. Chaney 15 2 6 4/12 3/6 4/5 5 27 0 0 5 0 2
S. Chaffee Jr. 9 6 0 4/5 1/1 0/0 3 28 4 1 1 1 5
D. Reddick 6 1 4 1/5 1/4 3/4 3 38 2 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. McKnight 9 1 1 3/8 2/5 1/2 4 17 0 0 3 0 1
T. Davis 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Oyediran 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 1 0
D. Cummings 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Duke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ahlin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Henderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 28 12 23/50 9/22 16/22 21 200 6 2 15 3 25