Eastern Illinois beats Eastern Kentucky 58-48

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP)—Romain Martin and Billy Parrish each scored 15 points to lead Eastern Illinois to a 58-48 win over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night.

Ousmane Cisse added 12 points and 14 rebounds and Tyler Laser had 10 points for Eastern Illinois (7-9, 4-2 Ohio Valley), which led 26-25 at halftime.

The teams traded the lead throughout the second half. A Parrish layup put the Panthers ahead 50-48 with 2:20 left. Eastern Illinois sank eight consecutive free throws to put the game away.

Eastern Illinois withstood an onslaught of 3-point attempts by Eastern Kentucky (9-8, 3-4). The Colonels were 11-for-36 from beyond the arc. The Panthers outrebounded the Colonels 44-24.

Mike Rose had a game-high 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, for Eastern Kentucky. Josh Taylor fouled out of the game.

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