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Eastern Illinois turns back Eastern Kentucky 77-54

Feb 14, 2010 - 2:49 AM CHARLESTON, Ill.(AP) -- Tyler Laser scored 17 points and James Hollowell had 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds to pace Eastern Illinois over Eastern Kentucky 77-54 on Saturday night.

The Panthers (14-11, 8-7 Ohio Valley) dominated the Colonels (18-9, 10-5), outshooting them 54.7 percent to 35.0 and outrebounding them 43-26.

Josh Taylor, who led the Colonels with 11 points, gave them their last lead at 13-11. Then the Panthers embarked on a 10-0 run featuring four points by Shaun Pratl and led 21-13.

Spencer Perrin broke Eastern Kentucky's 5:39 scoring drought to trim it to 21-15. But Perrin, who hit two more baskets, was the only Colonel to score until 44 seconds remained in the half, when Dayvon Ellis cut the gap to 34-21.

Jeremy Granger raised the Panthers' lead to 45-25 early in the second half. It was never close again in Eastern Illinois' third straight win.