CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Sherman Blanford tipped in a Luke Piotrowski miss with 16 seconds on the clock as Eastern Illinois defeated Austin Peay 67-64 in a see-saw contest Saturday that saw 18 lead changes and 11 ties.
Reggie Smith led the Panthers (6-12, 3-4 Ohio Valley Conference) with 15 points. Piotrowski scored a season-high 12 and Blanford 11 with eight rebounds.
Austin Peay cut the gap to 60-59 when Betran hit a jumper with 2:27 left. The Panthers called time and Smith came out of the huddle to hit two baskets -- including his third 3-pointer -- boosting the lead to 65-61.
Betran made it close again with a 3, but Blanford's put back on the other end made the difference, and Austin Peay missed a 3 at the buzzer.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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