NICEVILLE, FLA – Eastern Illinois raced to a 24-1 lead and never looked back en route to a 54-43 victory past Southern in a consolation game of the Emerald Coast Classic Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers, who snapped a four-game losing streak, moved to 2-5 entering a Wednesday home game with Ball State.
Southern opened the game by missing its first 12 shots from the floor, going 11 minutes 59 seconds without a basket before Chris Thomas ended the drought with a three-point basket. The Jaguars, who suffered their fifth straight loss, fell to 1-6 overall.
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