With 8:25 left in the second half of tonight's Eastern Illinois men's game against Austin Peay all seemed to be going the Panthers way.
EIU was on the verge of a four-game sweep of Ohio Valley Conference games which would have put the EIU men and EIU women on top of the early OVC standings with a 2-0 record.
Then the proverbial wheels came off as the Panthers could not execute an inbounds pass on several occasions and eventually fell in overtime to the Governors to stand at 1-1.
EIU's men had to battle through a tough game on Thursday to win by one point against Tennessee State. But still a 1-1 conference mark is still a good start as EIU now preps for a second game against Ball State on Wednesday.
The Panther women on the other hand seemed to cruise to a pair of OVC wins and definitely looked like the defending champions on both nights.
Mariah King is playing lights out right now with eight straight games in double figures while other players are contributing at crucial points. The team is learning it doesn't need Ta'Kenya Nixon to do it all and they only makes them that much more dangerous.
Wins over Tennessee State and Austin Peay have put the Panthers in first place in the OVC after one week. Now a regional battle with Indiana State on Wednesday as the Panthers have won three straight heading into the contest.
Following one weekend of OVC action for the Panthers we think these players are stars in the making for the Panthers.
Alfonzo McKinnie for the EIU men and Mariah King for the EIU women (we know we already mentioned her, but trust me she will compete for OVC first team honors for the next couple of years). McKinnie brings a raw energy that has not been seen in Lantz in a few years witnessed by his one step, one handed jam against Austin Peay on Saturday.
Next up a pair of Wednesday games and then a home Saturday doubleheader.
We leave you with It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (as snow was on the ground in Charleston on Saturday night).