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Kukobat's FTs push Eastern Illinois past Gardner-Webb 79-78

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Rade Kukobat made a pair of free throws with three seconds left to push Eastern Illinois past Gardner-Webb 79-78 on Friday.

Gardner-Webb trailed 77-74 with 52 seconds left when Christian Turner made a pair of free throws to pull the Bulldogs to 77-76. Turner then forced a turnover, and following Bulldogs' timeout, Gardner-Webb took a 78-77 lead on David Efianayi's jumper with eight seconds to go. But Nate Johnson fouled Kukobat following timeouts from both teams.

Josiah Wallace made four 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead Eastern Illinois (2-2). Mack Smith added 13 points, Kukobat finished with 12 and Kashawn Charles chipped in with 11.

Efianayi was 6 of 10 from the floor and made seven free throws to lead Gardner-Webb (1-4) with 20 points. Johnson added 10 points for the Bulldogs.

The Panthers opened the second half on a 16-6 run and led 51-44, but Gardner-Webb tied it at 53 then neither team led by more than four points.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Gardner-Webb 1-4 384078
home team logo E. Illinois 2-2 374279
Team Stats
away team logo Gardner-Webb 1-4 78.3 PPG 37.5 RPG 14.5 APG
home team logo E. Illinois 2-2 71.8 PPG 38.3 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
11
D. Efianayi 18.4 PPG 3.7 RPG 2.9 APG 49.0 FG%
22
J. Wallace 15.5 PPG 3.9 RPG 2.9 APG 41.1 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB