|Eastern Illinois head coach Mike Miller walks the sidelines during action in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Murray State, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in Murray, Ky. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)|
No. 11 Murray St beats Eastern Illinois 73-58
MURRAY, Ky.—Donte Poole and Isaiah Canaan each scored 18 points, and No. 11 Murray State remained the only unbeaten team in Division I with a 73-58 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday night.
Poole also had six assists and four rebounds while Ed Daniel grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Racers (21-0, 9-0 Ohio Valley Conference). Murray State tied the OVC record for longest winning streak set by Western Kentucky with 21 consecutive victories in 1953-54 and 1966-67.
Racers coach Steve Prohm matched Columbia's Lou Rossini (1950-51) for the third-best start to a season by a first-year coach.
Joey Miller had 17 points and four rebounds for the Panthers (9-11, 2-6).
The last time Eastern Illinois played in the CFSB Center it beat Murray State by one point. Since that game last January, the Racers are undefeated at home.
Ivan Aska, who broke his right hand Dec. 30 against Eastern Illinois, came off the bench to a standing ovation with 14 minutes remaining in the first half and hit a layup less than a minute later.
Murray State led by 11 at the break and within 5 minutes of the second half the Racers had extended it to a 53-29 advantage.
The Racers had a game-high lead of 26 with 12:46 to go and the crowd began chanting "Undefeated!" with more than a minute to play.
Both teams face Southeast Missouri State next. Eastern Illinois will take on the Redhawks on Monday, and Murray State plays them Thursday.