CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Ben Harvey got to the basket for a layup with 37 seconds left in overtime to take the lead and Western Illinois missed two attempts for the go-ahead bucket as Eastern Illinois held on to take a 68-66 win Saturday.
Shareef Smith hit two free throws and Rade Kukobat's layup pulled the Panthers within one, 66-65 with 1:20 to play. Isaac Johnson missed two free throw attempts to extend the Western Illinois lead in the final minute before Kukobat missed a jumper and Harvey grabbed the offensive rebound and scored.
Duff put the Leathernecks ahead by three with 1:10 left in regulation by hitting two free throws. Josiah Wallace cut the lead to one with a layup and Harvey hit the second of two free throws with :15 left to tie the game and force overtime.
Wallace led the Panthers (1-2) with 13 points. Smith added 12 and Harvey 11.
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