Peterson scores 24 points in Samford win over Eastern Illinois

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Travis Peterson scored a season-high 24 points in leading Samford to a 65-52 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

With the win, Samford (11-12, 8-7 Ohio Valley Conference) earned back-to-back victories for the first time since Dec. 15.

Eastern Illinois (4-18, 3-11) had its own two-game winning streak snapped with the loss.

Peterson, who became the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000-points, all players in points scored Saturday while Joe Ross Merritt followed with 12 and Trey Montgomery added 10.

After a slow first half, Samford ended up shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs also finished with 89.5-percent in free-throw shooting, after going 17-of-19.

Jon’Tee Willhite led the Panthers with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Julio Anthony followed with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.

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 Eastern Illinois
Jon'Tee Willhite Jon'Tee Willhite
8-13,  18 Pts
3 Rebs, 2 Assists
Travis Peterson Travis Peterson
7-12,  24 Pts
5 Rebs, 3 Assists

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