Charleston, IL (Sports Network) - Jud Dillard scored a game-high 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting, to lead the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles over the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 77-73, in an Ohio Valley Conference battle at Lantz Arena.
For the Golden Eagles, (7-9, 1-3 OVC), Dennis Ogbe added 11 points and Jeremiah Samarrippas dished out eight assists.
Morris Woods led the Panthers (3-14, 0-4) with 25 points, while Sherman Blanford finished with 16 points and six assists.
EIU came out of the gate on fire as the Panthers knocked down 65.4 percent of their field goals tries in the first half, including 3-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc, as they went into the break leading 44-40. TTU also shot the ball well, connecting on 56.5 percent from the field and drained 7-of-12 from 3-point range.
After halftime, both squads cooled off from the field. The Golden Eagles still made 48 percent of their field goal attempts, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range. The Panthers dropped to 42.9 percent from the field and just 2-of-6 from 3-point distance. Trailing 68-62 with four minutes to play, the Golden Eagles used an 11-3 run to take a two point lead with 53 seconds to play. The Panthers tied the game at 73-73 18 seconds later, but the Golden Eagles scored the final four points of the contest to complete their comeback victory and grab their first conference win of the season.
EIU had a 34-22 scoring advantage in the paint. TTU finished the game 12-of-22 from 3-point distance.