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.
After a season that saw his shooting numbers slip, should Nigel Hayes return for his senior year at Wisconsin or take the gamble to put him name in this year's NBA draft?
Isaiah Taylor talks about his decision to declare for the NBA draft and what he will miss most about Texas.
Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster has received a one-year contract extension, the same day the school gave the men's coach a two-year extension.
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