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Eastern Kentucky beats Eastern Illinois 67-59

Jan 15, 2010 - 3:10 AM RICHMOND, Ky.(AP) -- Papa Oppong scored 18 points and Eastern Kentucky beat Eastern Illinois 67-59 on Thursday night, extending the Colonels' home winning streak to 17 games.

Josh Taylor had 12 points and Dayvon Ellis added 11 for Eastern Kentucky (12-6, 5-2 Ohio Valley Conference), which has the ninth longest winning streak in the nation.

The Colonels also tied the school's longest home court winning streak in McBrayer Arena, which had been accomplished on two other occasions - 1987-88 and 1990-91.

The Panthers (10-7, 4-3), who had their three-game winning streak snapped, were led by Tyler Laser's 21 points.

Eastern Kentucky trailed only twice, pushing its lead to 18 points on Ellis' 3-pointer with 1:36 left in the first half.

The Colonels shot 56.3 percent from the floor (27-for-48) for the game. The Panthers shot 41.5 percent from field (22-for-53).