Murray St. 55, E. Illinois 51

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.