Leatherneck Menís Basketball Falls to SDSU on the Road Thursday
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Friday 02/23/2012
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BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Western Illinois men's basketball team dropped a 74-57 contest to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits Thursday evening in Brookings, falling to 14-13 overall and 8-9 in league action after the loss. SDSU, who will be the second-seed in next weekend's Summit League tournament, improves to 23-7 overall and 14-3 conference play.

Senior guard Tommie Tyler (15), freshman forward
Obi Emegano (14), and junior forward Terell Parks (12) each finished in double figures for the Leathernecks, and Parks led the team with seven rebounds.

South Dakota State finished the game having shot 52% from the floor and 60% (9-of-15) from three, while the Leathernecks connected on 45.8% of their shots, and made only 18.8% (3-of-16) from beyond the arch.

Jordan Dykstra led the Jackrabbits with 23 points, going 5-for-5 from downtown, and grabbed eight rebounds.

SDSU came out firing, winning the tip and connecting on its first three baskets to take a 7-0 lead after two minutes of play. A drive and layup at the 16:24 mark from Tyler ended the Leathernecks scoring drought and put Western on the board making it 7-2.

The Leathernecks then used an 8-0 run to take their first and only lead of the game. The run was highlighted by junior forward Don McAvoy III connecting on a long two, hitting Parks on a nice pass under the basket, and then capping off the run with a layup called good due to goaltending with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first.

A 14-2 run from South Dakota State bettered Western's run to make it 22-12 in favor of the Jackrabbits. Tyler was able to put an end to SDSU's run with gritty three-point play, but the hot shooting from the Jackrabbits continued for the rest of the half (50% from the field, 66.7 from three), and South Dakota State took a 34-23 lead into the break.

Hot shooting from SDSU continued into the second, and midway through the frame the Jackrabbits maintained their double-digit lead through the rest of the game, capping off a 74-57 victory.

A trip to Fargo Saturday to face the North Dakota State Bison will conclude Summit League play for the Leathernecks. The two teams are scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m.

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