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E. Illinois 77, W. Illinois 53

February 25, 1996

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) _ Eric Frankford scored 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Eastern Illinois to a Mid-Continent Conference victory over Western Illinois Saturday night.

The lead changed hands six times in the first half with the score 30-29 at the intermission. But the Panthers (11-13, 8-8) scored the first 14 points of the second half to break open a close game. Eastern Illinois never trailed again.

The Leathernecks (13-11 10-6) not only were outscored, but were outrebounded 36-24 as well.

Eastern Illinois’ Andre Rodriguez led all scorers with 19 points, while Rick Kaye added 15.

Mark Gagle led the Leathernecks with 14 and George Milsap had 12.

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