ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The men's basketball team competed against Eureka in the semifinals of the SLIAC tournament on Friday at Webster and came up short 163-146 to end their season.
Greenville opened the game by scoring the first seven points before Eureka went on a 9-2 run to tie the game. A three-pointer by Barry Nixon broke the Panther scoring drought, and GU held an 18-16 lead at the first media timeout.
The Panthers eventually felt the loss of senior guard Johari Dix who went to the bench with his third foul with 13:07 to go in the first half, but it took a while to see the impact as Greenville managed to open up a 33-26 lead with 11:01 on the first period clock.
Greenville led 33-31 at the second media time out, and Eureka grabbed their first lead of the game with 8:50 to go in the first half.
The score was tied at 44-all at the third media timeout, and the Panthers went ahead 47-44 on a three-pointer by Anthony Zataray. Greenville led 49-48 at the third media timeout with 4:49 on the clock.
Eureka outscored Greenville 25-18 over the last 4:49 to lead 73-67 at the half.
Rakim Murphy picked up the Panthers with 12 points in the first half.
In the second half, Eureka extended their lead to 10, 95-85, with 14:47 left in the half. Johari Dix returned to the floor with eight points in a little over five minutes.
The Panthers forced Eureka to call a timeout with 13 minutes left in the second half as they were trailing 99-91. The Panthers eventually cut the deficit to four at 99-95.
Eric Williams tied the score at 110-all on a three-point play with 9:59 left in the second half, and he gave the Panthers a 115-114 lead on a three-pointer with 9:13 to go. That was Greenville's final lead of the game.
The Panthers reduced the deficit to one with 5:04 to play but couldn't get any closer the rest of the way.
Eric Williams ended the game as Greenville's leading scorer with 27 points and produced a double-double with 12 rebounds.
Dix ended his career with 22 points in his final game, and his four assists gave him possession of GU's all-time assists record at 506. He passed Brian Patton, currently Greenville's cross country and track and field coach, who played from 1984-88 and held the record for 30 years.
Isiah Price concluded his career with a 19 point game, and Murphy had 17 points.
Following the game, the SLIAC recognized members of the all-conference team.
Greenville's Dix was selected to the second team, and Williams received third team honors.
Dix was also named to the all-defensive team. Price was Greenville's honoree on the all-sportsmanship team.
The Panthers concluded their season with an overall record of 17-9.