OVC college basketball action brings us the Eastern Illinois Panthers hosting the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars.
The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars kicked off their conference slate with a 94-88 victory against Southeast Missouri State on Thursday. SIU-Edwardsville took control early with a 45-30 lead at the break behind 58.3% shooting.
Cameron Williams led the Cougars scoring spree with a contest high 27 points followed by David McFarland with 22 points and four helpers.
SIUE received 17 points and eight rebounds from Brandon Jackson with Christian Ellis adding 13 points, five boards and four assists.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers turned to their offense to log a 92-87 OT victory against Tennessee-Martin in their conference opener. Eastern Illinois held a 48.4%-44.8% shooting advantage with a decisive 21-12 edge at the stripe.
Josiah Wallace was key to the Panthers win with 27 points, six boards and four assists with Shareef Smith adding 16 points, four pulls and six helpers.
Rade Kukobat gave EIU 14 points and seven rebounds followed by Mack Smith and Ben Harvey with 12 points and nine points respectively.
SIUE Cougars are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Ohio Valley and SIUE Cougars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and SIUE Cougars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Eastern Illinois Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and Eastern Illinois Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. SIUE Cougars are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Eastern Illinois.
The Cougars can sneak up on you but Eastern Illinois can not let their guard down…