E. Illinois 77, E. Kentucky 54

Tyler Laser scored 17 points and James Hollowell had 16 points

and a game-high nine rebounds to pace Eastern Illinois over Eastern

Kentucky 77-54 on Saturday night.

The Panthers (14-11, 8-7 Ohio Valley) dominated the Colonels

(18-9, 10-5), outshooting them 54.7 percent to 35.0 and

outrebounding them 43-26.

Josh Taylor, who led the Colonels with 11 points, gave them

their last lead at 13-11. Then the Panthers embarked on a 10-0 run

featuring four points by Shaun Pratl and led 21-13.

Spencer Perrin broke Eastern Kentucky’s 5:39 scoring drought to

trim it to 21-15. But Perrin, who hit two more baskets, was the

only Colonel to score until 44 seconds remained in the half, when

Dayvon Ellis cut the gap to 34-21.

Jeremy Granger raised the Panthers’ lead to 45-25 early in the

second half. It was never close again in Eastern Illinois’ third

straight win.