Mack Smith scores 31, Eastern Illinois beats Tennessee Tech
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Mack Smith had a career-high 31 points, Montell Goodwin added 23 and Eastern Illinois made 11 of 17 from 3-point range to beat Tennessee Tech 79-71 on Saturday.
Smith, a freshman, was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and 12 of 17 overall from the field. Goodwin made 4 of 5 3-point attempts and 7 of 9 foul shots while grabbing six boards and handing out six assists.
Smith’s 3-pointer with 3:21 left in the game capped a 9-3 run and made it 66-53 for the Panthers (8-15, 4-8 Ohio Valley), who ended a four-game skid.
The Golden Eagles (16-9, 8-4) got as close as four on Kajon Mack’s 3-pointer that made it 73-69 with 31 seconds left, but Goodwin made all six of his foul shots from there to secure it for Eastern Illinois.
Shaq Calhoun had 23 points to lead Tennessee Tech, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Mack added 13 and Courtney Alexander II and Mason Ramsey added 10 each.