NCAA: E. Illinois earns share of OVC Championship

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NCAA: E. Illinois earns share of OVC Championship

Eastern Illinois 39, SE Missouri St. 20
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) Erik Lora caught 15 passes for 178 yards, including a 43-yard score that gave Eastern Illinois the lead for good, and the Panthers went on to defeat Southeast Missouri 39-20 on Saturday for their fourth consecutive win.
The victory assures Eastern Illinois (7-3, 6-1) of at least a share of the Ohio Valley Conference championship. The Panthers finish their regular season next week at Central Arkansas.
The touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Lora with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter made it 23-20, and Taylor Duncan and Jake Walker scored on short TD runs in the fourth quarter for Eastern Illinois.
Walker finished with 132 yards on 23 carries for Eastern Illinois. Each team ran 75 plays, but the Panthers outgained the Redhawks 441-233.
Scott Lathrop ran 27 times for 103 yards, and Levi Terrell had 22 carries for 96 yards for Southeast Missouri (3-7, 2-5).
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Youngstown St. 31, Western Illinois 7
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) Jamaine Cook rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns and Youngstown State held Western Illinois to 142 yards of offense en route to a 31-7 victory Saturday.
Cook eclipsed 100 yards for the 19th time in his career, and his two short touchdown runs gave him 38 career rushing TDs.
The Penguins (6-4, 3-4 Missouri Valley) also got rushing touchdowns from Kurt Hess and Torrian Pace while piling up 225 yards on the ground.
Western Illinois (3-7, 1-6), which lost its fifth straight, got its only points on a 1-yard run by Hayden Northern in the first quarter. That play was set up by a David McDaniel interception that put the ball on the Penguins' 17-yard-line.
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Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Can the Bulls get one on the Bucks? The Bulls are 0-3 against the Bucks so far this season and it hasn't been pretty. The Bucks have won the previous three meetings all by double digits and by an average of 19 points. The youth and athleticism of the Bucks has been a tough matchup for the Bulls so far.

2. Containing Giannis. There may be no stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bulls can at least try to contain him. Antetokounmpo is averaging 23 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. In three games against the Bulls this year he has averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest. If the Bulls are to stay in the game, they will need to keep him to numbers lower than that.

3. Playoff implications. The Bulls playoff hopes are still alive with nine games remaining, but things are looking a bit bleak. The Bulls are a game and a half out of the eighth playoff spot, but only 3.5 games behind two teams tied for the No. 5 seed, the Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have won three in a row to improve their position.

4. Mirotic on a roll. Streaky play is nothing new to Nikola Mirotic, but he's on a good run currently. After scoring a season-high 28 points on Wednesday against the Pistons, Mirotic followed that up with 15 points against the 76ers. Since missing three straight games earlier this month, Mirotic has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games and is averaging 15.6 points during that stretch.

5. Beginning of a tough stretch. The Bulls' playoff hopes could be made or broken in the next three games. After taking on the Bucks, which occupy a playoff spot, the Bulls host two more Eastern Conference playoff teams in Cleveland and Atlanta. The Bulls need to string some wins together and this is not an easy stretch to do so against.

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