E. Illinois 73, Jacksonville St. 59

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP)—Bobby Catchings scored 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting as Eastern Illinois beat Jacksonville State 73-59 Thursday night.

Jake Byrne added 14 points for the Panthers (7-16, 3-11 Ohio Valley), who held a slim 28-27 advantage at halftime but shot just better than 59 percent after the break to pull away. They led by as many as 18 points in the second half.

Jacksonville State (6-17, 4-10) got a game-high 24 points from Harold Crow and another 12 from Courtney Bradley. Crow was 10-of-19 overall and 4-of-7 from the free throw line for the Gamecocks, who finished at 38 percent shooting for the game.

Romain Martin chipped in 12 points and Justin Brock had 10 for the Panthers. Ousmane Cisse grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

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 Jacksonville St.
H. Crow H. Crow
10-19,  24 Pts
6 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Eastern Illinois
J. Byrne J. Byrne
6-10,  14 Pts
6 Rebs, 2 Assists

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