Parks, Western Illinois Cruise to 77-64 Win Over North Dakota State
Release: February 25, 2012
FARGO, N.D. - Terell Parks scored a career-high 25 points and added 12 rebounds to lead Western Illinois to a 77-64 win over North Dakota State in Summit League men's basketball Saturday, Feb. 25, before a crowd of 3,528 at the Bison Sports Arena.
Parks tied a career high with five assists and blocked three shots for Western Illinois, which improved to 15-13 overall and tied for fourth in the league with a 9-9 record. NDSU dropped to 17-12 overall and 9-9 in the league.
The same two teams will meet again in the Summit League quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, S.D. Western Illinois, with two victories over North Dakota State, will be the No. 4 seed and NDSU is the No. 5 seed.
Parks, who had four highlight reel dunks in the game, went 11-for-18 from the floor. Ceola Clark added 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals for Western Illinois, and Tommie Tyler scored 12 points. It was the Leathernecks' first win in five trips to Fargo.
Mike Felt paced the Bison with 18 points, Taylor Braun scored 13, Eric Carlson had 12 points and a team-high six rebounds, and Lawrence Alexander scored 11 points. Felt was 4 of 8 from the 3-point line.
NDSU led by as many as eight points midway through the first half, but Western Illinois went on a 20-6 run over span of almost eight minutes to go up six points and the Fighting Leathernecks had a 37-31 lead at halftime.
Western Illinois scored the first seven points of the second half and kept a double digit lead almost all the way. NDSU got as close as 66-58 with 3:20 left in the game.
The Leathernecks outshot the Bison 54.9 to 47.2 percent from the field and had a 33-21 advantage in total rebounds. Parks had five of his 12 boards on the offensive end, and Western Illinois converted nine offensive rebounds for 12 second-chance points.
North Dakota State nearly slipped to the No. 6 seed, but league champion Oral Roberts was able to hold on for a 73-71 win at Southern Utah in the final game of the night, which sent the Thunderbirds to sixth place alone at 8-10 in the league. SUU would have been fourth with a victory.