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Recap: Eastern Illinois , E Kentucky
Date: January 14, 2010 7:30 PM EDT
  

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -Papa Oppong scored 18 points and Eastern Kentucky beat Eastern Illinois 67-59 on Thursday night, extending the Colonels' home winning streak to 17 games.

Josh Taylor had 12 points and Dayvon Ellis added 11 for Eastern Kentucky (12-6, 5-2 Ohio Valley Conference), which has the ninth longest winning streak in the nation.

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The Colonels also tied the school's longest home court winning streak in McBrayer Arena, which had been accomplished on two other occasions - 1987-88 and 1990-91.

The Panthers (10-7, 4-3), who had their three-game winning streak snapped, were led by Tyler Laser's 21 points.

Eastern Kentucky trailed only twice, pushing its lead to 18 points on Ellis' 3-pointer with 1:36 left in the first half.

The Colonels shot 56.3 percent from the floor (27-for-48) for the game. The Panthers shot 41.5 percent from field (22-for-53).

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