Scores

Final 3OT

E Illinois 83

(4-2, 1-0 OVC)

Tennessee St 81

(1-7, 0-1 OVC)

    8:30 PM ET, December 3, 2009

    Gentry Center, Nashville, Tennessee

    1 2 OT 2OT 3OT T
    EIU 28 23 6 18 883
    TNST 24 27 6 18 681

    Top Performers

    Eastern Illinois: E. Suljic 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Stl

    Tennessee St: J. Crutcher 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    E. Illinois 83, Tennessee St. 81

    Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tyler Laser scored 15 points and hit big shots in the second and third overtimes to help Eastern Illinois to an 83-81 win over Tennesse State on Thursday night.

    Laser hit a jumper with 5 seconds left in the second overtime as the Panthers (4-2, 1-0 Ohio Valley Conference) overcame a 67-58 deficit with just over 1:30 left.

    In the final overtime, Eastern Illinois trailed 77-75 before going on an 8-2 run.

    Jeremy Granger put the Panthers ahead 77-75 with 4:26 left, T.J. Marion hit a layup, Laser sank a free throw and Marion hit another layup for an 83-79 lead with 18 seconds left.

    Edin Suljic scored 25 for Eastern Illinois, which played its second longest game since a 126-121, four overtime loss at Northern Iowa on Jan. 30, 1988.

    Jeremiah Crutcher led the Tigers (1-7, 0-1) with 21 points and Robert Covington added 17.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    EIU
    TNST
    Points 83 81
    FG Made-Attempted 32-67 (.478) 26-68 (.382)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-16 (.188) 13-31 (.419)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-24 (.667) 16-19 (.842)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 0

    2009-10 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    » Dec 3, 2009 EIU 83, @TNST 81Recap
    Feb 27, 2010 @EIU 66, TNST 61Recap