Murray St. 85, E. Illinois 67
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP)—Chris Shumate scored 20 points as Murray State beat Eastern Illinois 85-67 Thursday night.
Murray State (18-4, 8-1 Ohio Valley Conference) ran away to a 51-22 lead at the half, shooting 20-of-32 from the field while the Panthers were 9-of-30.
Eastern Illinois outscored Murray State by 11 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.
Murray State outscored the Panthers inside 44-26 and 28-20 off turnovers. They converted 15-of-26 from the foul line while the Panthers were 5-of-8.
Murray State got help from Shawn Witherspoon and Kevin Paschel with 14 points and Andi Hornig had 13.
Eastern Illinois (3-16, 1-8) was led by Jake Sinclair with 16 points, Aaron Patterson had 15 and Josh Gomes added 12. Jesse Mackinson had a game-high 11 rebounds.