Middle Tenn. 77, E. Illinois 55
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) _ Torre Moore scored 17 and Roni Bailey added 15 Saturday in leading Middle Tennessee State to a 77-55 win over Eastern Illinois.
Middle Tennessee never trailed in the Ohio Valley Conference game, which was tied twice early. The last tie was 6-6.
The Blue Raiders (17-10 overall, 10-6 OVC) built a 36-23 halftime lead. Their biggest lead was 23 points, 72-49, with 3:36 left.
The Panthers (11-12, 8-7) were paced by Chad Peckinpaugh’s 15 points and Rick Kaye had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Middle Tennessee outrebounded Eastern 47-33 and outshot them from the field 48 percent to 31 percent.
Moore was 5-of-8 from 3-point range, and he tied Bailey and Kaye with a game-high eight rebounds.