Eastern Illinois women's and men's basketball again earned a split in an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader as they hosted Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night at Lantz Arena. The EIU women picked up a 70-61 win as they moved into a first place tie for the OVC lead. The EIU men lost 63-49 to fall to eighth in the OVC men's race. The top eight teams in the OVC make the tournament in Nashville. Jacksonville State and UT Martin on the men's side are both win less right now.
WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE GAME
Our selection was Jordyne Crunk who scored a career high 12 points coming off the bench. Crunk knocked down both of her 3-point attempts and has now made four in a row from beyond the arc after a long stretch of not making any. On a night where head coach Brady Sallee really shortened the bench, Crunk provided much needed offense.
WOMEN'S WHAT WE LEARNED
1.) - EIU rallied for win its first game of the season in which it trailed at halftime. The Panthers had been 0-6 in previous contests they trailed at the half. The last come from behind win was Feb. 20, 2010 against Murray State.
2.) - Sydney Mitchell nearly collected her first career double-double falling short with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
3.) - The Panthers have some additional scoring punch coming to the line-up, the problem is it will not be available until after the fall 2011 semester. Katlyn Payne, a former All-State selection in Florida and Illinois, has transferred into the EIU program.
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jeremy Granger was our selection based mainly on the fact that he accounted for just under a third of the Panthers total offense with 15 points. EIU only scored 49 for the game. Granger knocked down a couple of 3's to show an extended range. His free throw streak did end at 18 straight with a second half miss.
MEN'S WHAT WE LEARNED
1.) EIU needs a second and third player to consistently step up and score points. Granger has taken over the role of top scorer with the loss of Tyler Laser but EIU needs another consistent threat or teams will just collapse on Granger for the remainder of the year.
2.) Freshman Alfonzo McKinnie should be a good player for EIU as he continues to develop. He is by far the most athletic player recruited in the Mike Miller era but needs to get a feel for the Panthers offensive system and he made easily develop into a double figure scorer on a routine basis.
3.) EIU needs someone to step up and decide they want to be the guy who gets all the rebounds. For the last four years Ousmane Cisse was that guy as he would battle for every ball in the middle.
WHERE WE ATE
Well since we had a home game this was not an option this go round. However Two Flowers in Charleston did provide the catering on the Panther Patio.