Hudson’s 29 leads Tennessee Martin to 69-63 win over Eastern Illinois
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP)—Lester Martin had a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead Tennessee Martin to a 69-63 win over Eastern Illinois on Thursday night.
Martin scored 20 points in the first 20 minutes as Tennessee Martin (8-9, 4-3 Ohio Valley) jumped to a 38-20 halftime lead. Joe Bailey added 15 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Skyhawks.
Eastern Illinois (2-14, 1-7) shot just 17 percent on 5-for-29 field-goal shooting in the first half.
The Panthers climbed back into the game after the break when Jon’Tee Willhite came off the bench to score 13 of his 16 points.
Willhite converted a 3-pointer and Julio Anthony hit two free-throws to chop the Skyhawks’ lead to 64-61 with 1:16 left. But Hudson’s two foul shots put the game out of reach.
Anthony added 16 points and Bobby Catchings had 14 points for Eastern Illinois.
The Panthers’ top scorer, Romain Martin, returned after a two-game absence due to a sore tendon in his foot and missed all 10 of his shots.