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Eastern Illinois Panthers Dismiss Leading Scorer Morris Woods

Morris Woods will not return to the Panthers for his senior season, after being dismissed by the University


Morris Woods, last season's leading scorer at Eastern Illinois, has been dismissed from the university. No reason for his dismissal was given.

"I really like Morris and the year he had last year," head coach Jay Spoonhour told the Journal Gazette and Times Courier, "and I hope for nothing but the best for him."

After a sophomore season that saw the junior-college transfer play mostly limited minutes, Woods exploded late in his junior campaign. After a 25-point performance against Tennessee Tech on Jan. 7, Woods scored in double figures in nine of the team's last 11 contests, finishing the season averaging a team-high 11 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Woods was just one of three double-digit scorers for the slow-paced Panthers. The other two, Josh Piper and Sherman Blanford will return.

Eastern Illinois had an up-and-down first season under their new head coach, making a late charge to qualify for the OVC Tournament. The Panthers expected to return their top four scorers for this season: Woods, Blanford, Piper and Alex Austin.