Wallace helps Eastern Illinois edge Jacksonville St 70-69
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Josiah Wallace scored 20 points and Eastern Illinois held off Jacksonville State 70-69 on Thursday night.
Wallace sank 7 of 13 shots from the floor for the Panthers (8-9, 1-4 Ohio Valley Conference) and added five rebounds and four assists. Mack Smith had 14 points and six boards, while George Dixon scored 11.
Jacara Cross topped Jacksonville State with 18 points off the bench on 8-of-10 shooting. Kayne Henry notched 16 points and a career-best 14 rebounds for his first career double-double. Elias Harden added 11 points but made just 3 of 10 shots.
The Panthers shot 50% from the floor and 37.5% from 3-point range (6 of 16). The Gamecocks shot just 43% overall and made only 3 of 14 from distance (21%).