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Murray State Defeats Eastern Illinois 70-66 - Recap

Murray State earned a 70-66 victory over Eastern Illinois on Thursday, getting 21 points from Cameron Payne at Lantz Arena.

Murray State won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 5.5-point spread.

T.J. Sapp had 20 points for Murray State and Jeffery Moss chipped in with 9 points. Jeffery Moss had 3 assists for them, while Jonathan Fairell was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 14 boards.

Eastern Illinois got a 27-point performance from Reggie Smith, who was supported by 17 points from Sherman Blanford. Dylan Chatman had 3 assists in a losing cause for Eastern Illinois, while Sherman Blanford grabbed 14 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Eastern Illinois were victorious, as the score was 36-28 at the break.

Eastern Illinois won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 45-40.