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Western Illinois defeats South Dakota 61-59
Saturday, Mar 2, 2013

MACOMB, Ill. (AP)—Ceola Clark scored 27 points as Western Illinois held on for a 61-59 victory against South Dakota on Saturday night to set up a rematch in the Summit League tournament.

Jack Houpt added 15 points for the Leathernecks (21-7, 13-3), who are the No. 2 seed in the tournament and face the No. 7 seed Coyotes on March 9 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Trevor Gruis and Juevol Myles had 19 points each for South Dakota (10-19, 5-11), which nearly overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 49 seconds.

Myles’ 3-pointer made the score 60-59 with 18 seconds remaining, and after Adam Link missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Coyotes had the ball with a chance to go ahead. But Myles’ jumper with six seconds remaining missed, and South Dakota could not get a shot off after Remy Roberts-Burnett hit 1 of 2 free throws with two seconds to play.

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 Top Performers
 South Dakota
Trevor Gruis Trevor Gruis
6-7,  19 Pts
9 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Western Ill.
Ceola Clark III Ceola Clark III
10-15,  27 Pts
5 Rebs, 4 Assists

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