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Evansville 80, E. Illinois 76

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Jason Holsinger scored 31 points and Evansville defeated Eastern Illinois 80-76 on Wednesday night.

Holsinger made 6 of 12 3-pointers and all seven of his free throws. Shy Ely scored 15 points and James Haarsma added 10 for the Purple Aces (6-1).

T.J. Marion scored 27 points and Romain Martin added 26 for Eastern Illinois. They combined to shoot 20-for-32 from the field for the Panthers (2-6).

Eastern Illinois shot 50 percent from the field in the game, but Evansville outscored the Panthers 23-11 from the free-throw line.

Evansville jumped out to a 12-2 advantage and led by as many as 14 points in the first half before settling for a 45-37 edge at the break.

Eastern Illinois cut its deficit to 53-51 on a 3-pointer by Billy Parrish with just over 14 minutes to play, but the Panthers got no closer.