S. Dakota St. downs W. Illinois 81-75

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BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP)—South Dakota State University built an eight-point halftime lead and held on to beat Western Illinois 81-75 Saturday in the Summit League.

Ben Beran scored 18 points and Kai Williams added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Jackrabbits (8-16, 3-10).

SDSU shot 62 percent from the field, including a 3-for-4 effort from 3-point range, to take a 42-39 lead at halftime. Western Illinois (11-13, 6-7) shot 56 percent in the second half, while holding SDSU to 31 percent. But the Jackrabbits made 23 of 32 free throws in the second half to hold off the Leathernecks.

SDSU was 30-fo4-43 from the line, while WIU was 18-for-26.

Clint Sargent chipped in 12 points and Michael Loney had 10 for the Jackrabbits.

David DuBois had 19 points to lead WIU. David Jackson added 17 points and David Nurse added 12.

SDSU led all the way.

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 Western Ill.
David Jackson David Jackson
6-11,  17 Pts
2 Rebs, 4 Assists
 South Dakota St.
Ben Beran Ben Beran
5-8,  18 Pts
3 Rebs, 1 Assists

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