Crossland scores 18 points and Eastern Illinois wins 68-56 (Feb 24, 2018)
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) Ray Crossland made three 3-pointers and scored 18 points and Eastern Illinois defeated SIU-Edwardsville 68-56 on Saturday in a regular-season finale.
Eastern Illinois (11-18, 7-11) will go into the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament as the seventh seed while the Cougars (9-20, 5-13) will go as the eighth seed, which they secured before the game when Eastern Kentucky lost to Morehead State. SIUE hasn't been to the OVC Tournament since the 2014-15 season. EIU last played in the tournament in 2016.
Jalen Henry had three 3-pointers and scored 20 points for the Cougars with Keenan Simmons adding 12 points and 11 rebounds and Christian Ellis 10 points.
A 14-0 run, with six points from Crossland, gave EIU a 63-50 lead with a minute to go.