CHARLESTON, Illinois — Chris Olivier scored a career-high 22 points and Dylan Chatman hit a pair of free throws with 2 seconds left to help Eastern Illinois rally to beat Tennessee Tech 61-59 in the Ohio Valley opener for both teams on Thursday.
Reggie Smith hit a 3 with 2:13 left to give Eastern Illinois (7-6) a 55-52 lead. Charles Jackson's free throws with 17 seconds to play capped a 7-0 run by Tennessee Tech (8-6) and made it 59-55.
Smith hit another 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining and, after a Tennessee Tech turnover, Olivier made the first of two free throws, tying the game at 59.
Chatman was fouled after grabbing the offensive rebound on the second free throw and made the clinching free throws.
Josiah Moore missed a desperation heave as time expired.
Smith and LeTrell Viser scored 11 apiece for the Panthers.
Torrance Rowe led Tennessee Tech with 16 points.