EASTERN ILLINOIS (0-1) at Saint Louis (2-0)
Friday, Nov. 12 • 7 pm
St. Louis, Mo. • Chaifetz Arena
Eastern Illinois plays its second straight road game to open the season as the Panthers travel to Saint Louis on Friday evening. EIU lost its season opener on Tuesday night falling 80-56 at Big Ten Conference member Northwestern in the debut for first-year EIU head coach Marty Simmons. Saint Louis is off to a 2-0 start after the Billikens won home games on back-to-back nights on Tuesday and Wednesday. Last season SLU finished with a 14-7 record after opening the season ranked in the Top 25 during the early weeks of 2020-21 before being saddled with some COVID-19 stoppages in their schedule
HAMLIN WITH DOUBLE FIGURES IN DEBUT
Illinois transfer Jermaine Hamlin was the Panthers leading scorer in the season opener at Northwestern as the post player finished with a collegiate high ten points against Wildcats. Hamlin was the lone EIU player in double figures while finishing second on the team with seven rebounds. On the defensive end of the floor, he fell one block shy of tying the single game school record as he finished with five blocks. The last Panther to have five blocks in a game was Aboubacar Diallo in January 2019 against SIUE. Hamlin’s previous career high was eight points against Lindenwood (Mo.) in November of 2019.
BOLIS LEADS PANTHERS ON BOARDS
Freshman Rodolfo Bolis came off the bench and provided both scoring and rebounding for the Panthers. Bolis led Eastern Illinois with eight rebounds as EIU was only out-rebounded in the contest by a 40-38 margin. Bolis would knock down a pair of 3-pointers as he finished with eight points. Bolis came to EIU from the NBA Academy Latin America and has previous experience playing for U15, U16 and U17 National teams in Brazil.
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