Recap: Eastern Ill vs. Tenn-Martin
Charleston, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Sherman Blanford notched 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Eastern Illinois Panthers outlasted the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, 91-79, in Ohio Valley Conference action at Lantz Arena.
Dylan Chatman contributed 17 points and nine rebounds in the win for Eastern Illinois (9-14, 6-5 OVC), and Josh Piper came off the bench to score 11 with a team-high five assists. Alex Austin also tallied 11 points for EIU, which has won three of its past four games.
Myles Taylor led the way with 17 points for UT Martin (7-18, 2-9). Terence Smith netted 14 points off the bench, and Marshun Newell chipped in 12. Dee Oldham rounded out the double-digit scorers for UT Martin with 10 points. The Skyhawks have lost three consecutive games.
Eastern Illinois connected on 44.4 percent of its shot attempts in the first half and trailed UT Martin by 10 points, 47-37, headed into the break. The Skyhawks shot an impressive 69.6 percent from the floor in the frame, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range.
The tide turned quickly in the second half, as the Panthers finished the period shooting 67.9 percent from the floor, and 14-of-18 from the free-throw line. UT Martin's shooting percentage dipped to a dismal 26.9 percent in the second frame, including 0-of-11 from 3-point distance.
Eastern Illinois had a large advantage in points in the paint, 38-20, and in points off turnovers, 19-12. UT Martin had the edge from the free-throw line, 26-20.Game Notes