Scores

Final

E Illinois 59

(3-11, 0-1 OVC)

Tenn St 67

(7-7, 1-0 OVC)

    8:45 PM ET, December 29, 2012

    Gentry Center, Nashville, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    EIU 19 4059
    TNST 32 3567

    Top Performers

    Eastern Illinois: A. Austin 18 Pts, 2 Stl

    Tennessee St: P. Miller 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Tennessee St. 67, E. Illinois 59

    Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- 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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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    EIU
    TNST
    Points 59 67
    FG Made-Attempted 19-44 (.432) 22-40 (.550)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-21 (.333) 7-14 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-19 (.737) 16-24 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 17

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