Scores

Final

E Illinois 68

(11-21, 6-10 OVC)

SE Missouri St 78

(17-15, 8-8 OVC)

    9:30 PM ET, March 6, 2013

    1 2 T
    EIU 29 3968
    SEMO 42 3678

    Top Performers

    Eastern Illinois: J. Piper 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    SE Missouri St: T. Stone 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    SE Missouri 78, E. Illinois 68

    Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tyler Stone scored 24 points off the bench, shooting 11 of 12 from the field, as Southeast Missouri won its third straight game by defeating Eastern Illinois 78-68 Wednesday night in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.

    The sixth-seeded Redhawks (17-15) shot 63 percent in the first half (17 of 27), including 6 of 12 3-pointers, to lead 42-29 at the break. The No. 7-seeded Panthers (11-21), who came in riding a three-game winning streak, could get no closer than 10 in the second half.

    Southeast Missouri opened OVC tournament play with a win three years in a row for the first time in school history and secured its first winning season since 2004-05.

    Corey Wilford and Marland Smith added 14 points apiece for the Redhawks and Lucas Nutt had a season-high 12 assists.

    Josh Piper scored 19 points and Alex Austin 17 for the Panthers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    EIU
    SEMO
    Points 68 78
    FG Made-Attempted 24-52 (.462) 30-55 (.545)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-18 (.389) 8-20 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-13 (1.000) 10-14 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 16

    2012-13 Season

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    Jan 26, 2013 @EIU 78, SEMO 72Recap
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