CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Ben Harvey got to the basket for a layup with 37 seconds left in overtime to take the lead and Western Illinois missed two attempts for the go-ahead bucket as Eastern Illinois held on to take a 68-66 win Saturday.
C.J. Duff and Isaac Johnson each hit 3-pointers to give Western Illinois a 66-61 advantage in the extra period, but the Leathernecks did not score again over the final 3:30.
Shareef Smith hit two free throws and Rade Kukobat’s layup pulled the Panthers within one, 66-65 with 1:20 to play. Isaac Johnson missed two free throw attempts to extend the Western Illinois lead in the final minute before Kukobat missed a jumper and Harvey grabbed the offensive rebound and scored.
Duff put the Leathernecks ahead by three with 1:10 left in regulation by hitting two free throws. Josiah Wallace cut the lead to one with a layup and Harvey hit the second of two free throws with :15 left to tie the game and force overtime.