E. Kentucky 63, E. Illinois 49

Joshua Jones scored 16 points as Eastern Kentucky breezed past

Eastern Illinois 63-49 on Thursday night.

Josh Daniel added 14 points and Justin Stommes 11 for the

Colonels (8-9, 3-4 Ohio Valley), who shot 48.0 percent (24 of 50)

in notching their first conference road victory.

Jeremy Granger was the only player to reach double figures for

the Panthers (6-10, 2-4). He scored 15 points, including 4 of 6

from 3-point territory, as Eastern Illinois shot only 41.3 percent

(19 of 46).

Eastern Kentucky took advantage defensively with five blocked

shots and eight steals to just one block and three steals for the

Panthers.

Daniel’s 3-pointer put Eastern Kentucky ahead 10-2, and the

Colonels pushed the lead to 19-8 before Taylor Jones nailed a

3-pointer that got Eastern Illinois into double figures with 9:51

to play.

But the Colonels led 32-20 at halftime and were not seriously

threatened thereafter.