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Eastern Illinois tops UT Martin in OT in OVC opener

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) Josiah Wallace poured in 27 points and Rade Kukobat sank a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to help Eastern Illinois hold on for a 92-87 victory over Tennessee-Martin in an Ohio Valley Conference opener on Thursday night.

Neither team scored in the extra period until Mack Smith sank a 3-pointer to give Eastern Illinois (8-6) an 85-82 lead with 3:09 left. Quintin Dove's layup pulled the Skyhawks (5-7) within a point with 2:35 to go. Kukobat kept a Panthers' possession alive when he rebounded a Wallace miss and later took a pass from Shareef Smith and nailed the crucial 3-pointer for an 88-84 lead. Ben Harvey and Smith each hit two free throws in the final 17 seconds to wrap up the win.

Wallace hit 9 of 19 shots but just 2 of 9 from distance for the Panthers. He added six rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. Smith pitched in with 16 points and six assists and Kukobat finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Mack Smith scored 12 on 4-of-11 shooting from 3-point range.

Preston Parks came off the bench to hit five 3s and score 21 for UT Martin. Fellow reserves Delfincko Bogan and Fatodd Lewis scored 15 and 14, respectively. Bogan added seven boards and four assists, while Lewis snagged nine rebounds. The three subs accounted for 50 of the Skyhawks' 87 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
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away team logo UT Martin 5-7 3745587
home team logo E. Illinois 8-6 38441092
Team Stats
away team logo UT Martin 5-7 76.0 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo E. Illinois 8-6 71.8 PPG 38.3 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
4
C. Randall II 16.3 PPG 3.6 RPG 2.5 APG 43.6 FG%
22
J. Wallace 15.5 PPG 3.9 RPG 2.9 APG 41.1 FG%
Top Scorers
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0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
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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
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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