Laser leads Eastern Illinois to 83-80 OT win over Murray State

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP)—Freshman Tyler Laser had a career-high 27 points to lead Eastern Illinois to an 83-80 overtime win over Murray State on Thursday night.

Laser scored six points in overtime, including two free-throws with four seconds left that iced the game for Eastern Illinois (2-11).

Julio Anthony added 15 points and Bobby Catchings and Romain Martin each added 10 points for the Panthers, who snapped an eleven-game losing streak.

Laser hit two free-throws to give Eastern Illinois a 71-68 lead with five seconds left in regulation. But Murray State’s Tyler Holloway sank a 3-pointer as time expired to send the game into overtime.

Danero Thomas led Murray State (5-7) with 18 points and Holloway and Tony Easley added 15 points apiece.

Eastern Illinois led 31-25 at the half and never trailed in a game that had just two ties.

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 Murray St.
T. Easley T. Easley
5-8,  15 Pts
9 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Eastern Illinois
T. Laser T. Laser
8-10,  27 Pts
1 Rebs, 2 Assists

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