Scores

Final

E Illinois 51

(19-12, 11-7 OVC)

Murray State 55

(29-4, 17-1 OVC)

    7:00 PM ET, March 5, 2010

    Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    EIU 22 2951
    MURR 23 3255

    Top Performers

    Eastern Illinois: J. Hollowell 8 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Murray State: T. Easley 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Murray St. 55, E. Illinois 51

    Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tony Easley scored 14 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots in the final 12 seconds to help Murray State defeat Eastern Illinois 55-51 Friday night in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.

    Top-seeded Murray State (29-4), which tied the school record for wins in a season, will play either Morehead State or Tennessee Tech in Saturday's championship.

    Isacc Miles, who finished with nine points, scooped up a long offensive rebound and hit his second 3-pointer of the half to give Murray State a 54-49 lead with 3:58 left.

    Eastern Illinois (19-12), the No. 4 seed, pulled within 54-51 on Tyler Laser's layup with 54.7 seconds left. But Easley blocked consecutive shots by Laser and Ousmane Cisse to seal it.

    Shaun Pratl scored nine and James Hollowell had five blocks and eight points for the Panthers, who snapped an eight-game winning streak.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    EIU
    MURR
    Points 51 55
    FG Made-Attempted 20-47 (.426) 19-59 (.322)
    3P Made-Attempted 0-2 (.000) 5-16 (.313)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-18 (.611) 12-20 (.600)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 6

    2009-10 Season

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    Jan 11, 2010 @MURR 75, EIU 59Recap
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