Chris Olivier scores 16 points as Eastern Illinois beats Belmont 84-73



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    CHARLESTON, Illinois — Chris Olivier scored 16 points off the bench to lead five players in double digits as Eastern Illinois beat Belmont 84-73 on Saturday.

    Reggie Smith added 15 points for the Panthers (10-6, 4-0 Ohio Valley Conference). Trae Anderson and LeTrell Viser had 13 points apiece and Luke Norman chipped in 10.

    Smith hit two jumpers, two layups and a free throw in the final three minutes of the first period, helping to take the Panthers from a six-point lead to a 39-26 advantage at the break.

    Belmont trailed by double digits through most of the second half, closing to within seven points, 80-73, on an Evan Bradds dunk with a minute remaining. The Panthers sealed it with Smith, Cornell Johnston and Josh Piper going 6 of 6 from the line to finish.

    Bradds had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bruins (10-6, 2-1).

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