Oakland rolls over Western Illinois, 86-46

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ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP)—Keith Benson scored a career-high 24 points to power Oakland to an 86-46 win over Western Illinois on Saturday night.

Benson, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, went 9-for-12 from the field and snared 12 rebounds. His previous career high was a 23-point effort on Dec. 20 against Michigan.

Erik Kangas led the Golden Grizzlies (13-9, 6-3 Summit League) with 27 points.

David DuBois and David Nurse each scored 12 points for Western Illinois (6-14, 2-7).

Oakland hit its first six shots for an early 14-3 lead, then used a Benson dunk and a Drew Maynard 3-pointer to build a 19-point edge with 4:45 left in the first half. Kangas tossed in a layup high off the glass to give Oakland a 43-20 halftime lead.

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 Western Ill.
David Nurse David Nurse
4-5,  12 Pts
3 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Oakland
Keith Benson Keith Benson
9-12,  24 Pts
12 Rebs, 1 Assists

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