Clarksville, TN (Sports Network) - Sherman Blanford registered a double-double
of 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Eastern Illinois Panthers pick up a
77-67 victory over the Austin Peay Governors in an Ohio Valley Conference
matchup at the Dunn Center.
Blanford also dealt out six assists and swiped four steals for EIU (4-16, 1-6
OVC) as it picked up its first conference win of the season. Josh Piper netted
a team-best 20 points and Taylor Jones chimed in with 14 points on 3-of-6
shooting from the field.
Will Triggs and Travis Betran scored 14 points apiece for Austin Peay (5-15,
1-5) as it suffered its third consecutive setback.
The Panthers took a 37-25 lead into the intermission after they knocked down
54.2 percent of their field goal attempts including 4-of-8 from beyond the
arc. Austin Peay trailed after it hit on just 38.9 percent of its shots from
the floor before the break.
The Governors heated up to a red-hot 58.3 percent shooting from the field
after the intermission, but EIU converted 16-of-18 at the charity stripe to
protect its lead. The Panthers were in front for the entirety of the second
Austin Peay was unable to overcome its 15 turnovers or its 33-21 loss in the
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