Griesel carries North Dakota St. past W. Illinois 76-73
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sam Griesel had a season-high 20 points as North Dakota State narrowly defeated Western Illinois 76-73 in the semifinals of the Summit League Conference Tourney on Monday...
W. Illinois, NDSU meet in Summit League semis
No. 8 seed Western Illinois (10-20, 5-12) vs. No. 4 seed North Dakota State (16-15, 10-7)
Summit League Conference Tourney Semifinals, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, South...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Keshon Montague made his only points on the night as he calmly sank two free throws in the waning seconds to assure Western Illinois' upset of South Dakota State 79-76 in...
SD State faces W. Illinois in Summit League quarters
No. 8 seed Western Illinois (9-20, 4-12) vs. No. 1 seed South Dakota State (24-7, 14-2)
Summit League Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, South...
Flatten carries S. Dakota St. past W. Illinois 86-66
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Skyler Flatten had 31 points as South Dakota State easily beat Western Illinois 86-66 on Saturday.
Flatten shot 6 for 9 on 3-pointers. He added six...
SD State looks to extend streak vs W. Illinois
Western Illinois (9-19, 4-11) vs. South Dakota State (23-7, 13-2)
Frost Arena, Brookings, South Dakota; Saturday, 5:15 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: South Dakota State looks for its sixth...
DENVER (AP) — David Nzekwesi had 20 points as Denver snapped its seven-game losing streak, easily defeating Western Illinois 74-46 on Thursday night.
Denver looks to end streak vs W. Illinois
Western Illinois (9-18, 4-10) vs. Denver (7-21, 2-12)
Magness Arena, Denver; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Western Illinois looks to extend Denver's conference losing streak to...
Webster, Young lift W. Illinois past Oral Roberts 75-66
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster had 13 points to lead five Western Illinois players in double figures as the Leathernecks defeated Oral Roberts 75-66 on Saturday night. Zion Young added 12 points...
W. Illinois looks to end streak vs Oral Roberts
Oral Roberts (10-19, 6-8) vs. Western Illinois (8-18, 3-10)
Western Hall, Macomb, Illinois; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Oral Roberts looks to extend Western Illinois's conference...
Jackson scores 21 to lift Omaha over W. Illinois 77-63
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Zach Jackson had 21 points as Omaha topped Western Illinois 77-63 on Wednesday night.
KJ Robinson had 17 points for Omaha (17-9, 11-2 Summit League), which won its fifth...
Burch-Manning carries South Dakota past W. Illinois 80-67
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Trey Burch-Manning had 20 points as South Dakota beat Western Illinois 80-67 on Saturday.
Stanley Umude had 17 points and seven rebounds for South Dakota (10-15, 4-8 Summit League), which broke its four-game losing streak. Triston Simpson added 13 points. Tyler Peterson had 11 points and six rebounds for the visiting team.
Godfrey perfect for Mastodons who withstand triple-double
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Jarred Godfrey scored 17 points on a perfect shooting night and Purdue Fort Wayne defeated Western Illinois 79-64 on Thursday despite Brandon Gilbeck's triple-double that featured 10 blocks.
Gilbeck's triple-double for the Leathernecks (8-16, 3-8) was the first in the Summit League since Nov. 30, 1991 with his 10 blocks tying for the most in a Division I game this season. He scored 10 points with 16 rebounds.
Geu with 22 leads North Dakota St. past W. Illinois 78-76
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Deng Geu scored 22 points off the bench and North Dakota State edged Western Illinois 78-76 on Saturday night.
Geu was 8 of 12 from the field including three from distance for the Bison (11-12, 5-4 Summit League). Vinnie Shahid added 15 points and Tyree Eady and Cameron Hunter chipped in 10 apiece.
Stewart’s free throws win it for North Dakota
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Marlon Stewart made two free throws with 1.6 seconds left to lift North Dakota to a 74-73 victory over Western Illinois on Friday.
Stewart was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He made the first free throw, missed the second and made the third. A half-court heave by Western Illinois wasn't close.
The Leathernecks trailed by 10 with 10:38 to play but grabbed their first lead since 8:03 of the first half on Kobe Webster's 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining.
Pyle leads Western Illinois to 65-59 win over South Dakota
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Ben Pyle scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Western Illinois to a 65-59 win over South Dakota on Saturday afternoon.
Kobe Webster added 13 points and four rebounds for the Leathernecks (8-13, 3-5 Summit League). C.J. Duff had 11 points and Brandon Gilbeck chipped in 10 points with six rebounds and three blocks.
Duff scores 30; Western Illinois beats Purdue Fort Wayne
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — C.J. Duff hit eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points —both career highs — and Kobe Webster added 16 points and seven assists to help Western Illinois beat Purdue Fort Wayne 87-58 Saturday night.
Omaha takes down W. Illinois behind 22 pts from Jackson
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Zach Jackson scored 22 points and KJ Robinson scored 18 and Omaha won its third straight in beating Western Illinois 80-71 on Thursday night.
Brett Barney's 3-pointer capped a 20-10 run to give the Mavericks (10-8, 4-1 Summit League) a 40-28 lead with 2:19 before halftime. Omaha led 45-33 at the break and held on to its double-digit lead until Isaac Johnson's layup provided the game's final margin.
Stewart, Avants net 21, N Dakota tops W Illinois 71-65
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Marlon Stewart and Conner Avants had 21 points apiece and North Dakota pulled out a 71-65 win over Western Illinois on Saturday.
The Fighting Hawks (8-10, 2-3 Summit League) used a 10-0 run to take the lead for good, 51-47, with 12:55 to play. The Leathernecks (6-12, 1-4) missed 10 straight shots.
North Dakota added a 9-0 run inside the six-minute mark to push the lead to 10 with 2:03 to go as Western Illinois was missing three shots with three turnovers.
Ward’s double-double leads NDSU past Western Illinois
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Tyson Ward had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead six North Dakota State players in double figures as the Bison beat Western Illinois 85-69 on Thursday night.
Deng Geu added 14 points for the Bison (8-10, 2-2 Summit League). Sam Griesel scored 12 while Rocky Kreuser and Vinnie Shahid scored 13 apiece.
Kobe Webster had 17 points and Isaac Johnson added 15 points for the Leathernecks (6-11, 1-3).
Obanor, Malone spark Oral Roberts off the bench
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Reserves Kevin Obanor, with 19 points, and Kaelen Malone, with 11 assists, sparked Oral Roberts to an 82-63 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday night.
Webster scores 22 as W. Illinois wins Summit opener 78-60.
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster scored 22 points with four assists, leading five players into double-digit scoring and Western Illinois won its Summit League opener, toppling Denver 78-60 on Sunday.
Ben Pyle scored 15 points for Western Illinois (6-9, 1-0). C.J. Duff and Jordan Hughes 11 each and Isaac Johnson 10. Hughes also pulled down 11 rebounds for his first career double-double.
Western Illinois snaps four-game losing streak
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — C.J. Duff had season highs of five 3-pointers and 17 points, Brandon Gilbeck posted a double-double and added six blocks to his nation-leading total and Western Illinois rolled past Chicago State 81-52 on Thursday.
Duff made 5 of 7 from the arc with the Leathernecks (5-8) shooting 42 percent (10 of 24) from distance and 51 percent overall in snapping a four-game losing streak.
Eastern Illinois roars back to beat Western Illinois, 76-65
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Josiah Wallace scored 18 points and Eastern Illinois came from nine points down at halftime to beat Western Illinois for the second time this season, 76-65 on Saturday night.
Eastern Illinois now has won back-to-back games after a three-game losing streak.
Webster, Johnson combine for 42, W. Illinois cruises 83-58
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster and Isaac Johnson combined for 42 points, Brandon Gilbeck added 10 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots and Western Illinois led all the way, defeating SIU-Edwardsville 83-58 Wednesday night.
Western Illinois (3-4) shot 58 percent from the floor, making 29 of 50 shots with 12 3-pointers and 15 assists. The Leathernecks offense was especially potent after halftime, with 15-of-24 shooting (62.5 percent), and 64 percent from distance, 7 of 11.
Gilbeck leads Western Illinois in 95-56 win over Dominican
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Seven-footer Brandon Gilbeck scored 19 points and blocked four shots, Isaac Johnson added 18 points and Western Illinois never trailed in beating Division III Dominican (Ill.) 95-56 on Wednesday night.
Freshman Ben Pyle and Zion Young scored 12 points apiece and Kobe Webster had 11 for the Leathernecks (2-1), who forced 22 turnovers and shot 55.9 percent from the field to the Stars' 38.2 percent.
Western Illinois beats Div.-III North Park 84-56
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster scored 21 points with eight rebounds and four assists and Western Illinois beat Division-III North Park University 84-56 on Saturday.
Webster was 8 of 18 from the field including three 3-pointers for the Leathernecks (1-1). Isaac Johnson added 14 points a led the team with nine rebounds. C. J. Duff also had 14 points with four rebounds and three steals and Ben Pyle and James Claar each had 11 points.
Denver finishes strong, routs Western Illinois 89-52
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Joe Rosga knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 27 points to help spark Denver to an 89-52 win over Western Illinois in the Summit League regular season finale Saturday night.
Denver ended its regular season on a four-game win streak. The Pioneers entered Saturday's game tied with Fort Wayne for third, but the Mastodons lost to South Dakota State, 97-90 to fall to fourth.
Johnson and Webster put up double-doubles in WIU win
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Isaac Johnson had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Kobe Webster had 15 and 10 to lead Western Illinois to an 82-74 win over North Dakota State on Thursday night.
Delvin Ancrum scored 23 for the Leathernecks (12-14, 3-10 Summit League), who led wire-to-wire, including jumping out to a 10-0 lead to open the game.
Fort Wayne rolls past Western Illinois 90-74
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Kason Harrell scored 20 points and Fort Wayne rolled past Western Illinois 90-74 on Wednesday night.
Harrell was 8 of 15 from the field, including three from distance, and had five steals for the Mastodons (17-12, 6-6 Summit League), who are third in the conference standings. John Konchar added 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five blocks. Bryson Scott also scored 19, Xzavier Taylor had 11 points and nine rebounds and Jordon King added 10 points.
Jackson floater, block help Omaha top Western Illinois 71-68
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Zach Jackson scored 25 points, including the go-ahead bucket, and KJ Robinson added 18 points as Omaha came back to take down Western Illinois 71-68 on Thursday night.
Jackson's floater gave the Mavericks (8-17, 3-6 Summit League) a 69-68 lead with 28.9 seconds left. Jackson then went down the floor and blocked a Dalan Ancrum jumper before Mitch Hahn hit two free throws to ice it.
Ancrum leads Western Illinois’ 82-56 romp over Oral Roberts
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Dalan Ancrum scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Western Illinois snapped a four-game losing streak by thumping Oral Roberts, 82-56 in a Summit League contest Saturday afternoon.
Ancrum's jumper put the Leathernecks in front for good, 10-9, four minutes into the game and drilled a 3 midway through the half for a 22-12 advantage.
Hagedorn leads South Dakota past Western Illinois 80-54
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Tyler Hagedorn scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds, Matt Mooney added 12 points and eight boards and South Dakota cruised to an 80-54 win at Western Illinois on Thursday night.
South Dakota took a 4-2 lead on a Hagedorn layup before the game was two minutes old, stretched it to as many as 31 four times and sent all 14 players into the game.
4 starters in double figures as Denver beats WIU 70-58
DENVER (AP) — Jake Pemberton scored 13 points to lead four Denver starters in double figures and the Pioneers beat Western Illinois 70-58 on Thursday night.
Joe Rosga and Daniel Amigo scored 12 points each and Ade Murkey 10 for the Pioneers (9-12, 3-4 Summit League), who shot 56 percent, making 8 of 12 3-point attempts, and won their second straight.
South Dakota State routs Western Illinois 98-70
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — David Jenkins Jr. scored 27 points to lead seven in double-figure scoring as South Dakota State remained undefeated in the Summit League with a 98-70 rout of Western Illinois on Saturday night.
South Dakota State (17-5, 5-0) has won eight straight and 10 of its last 11 games.
Webster’s jumper in OT lifts W Illinois over Fort Wayne
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster scored 24 points with four 3-pointers and hit the winning basket with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and Western Illinois rallied from 10 points down to beat Fort Wayne 75-74 on Wednesday night.
Gilbeck, Webster lead Western Illinois in 107-45 romp
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Brandon Gilbeck and Kobe Webster each scored 18 points and five players reached double figures as Western Illinois rolled over Oak Hills Christian of the NCAAA 107-45 Saturday night.
The Leathernecks (9-7) made 45 of 75 shots, pulled down 59 rebounds and outscored Wolfpack 64-20 in the paint.
Gilbeck made 8 of 11 shots, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked three shots. Webster shot 8 of 12 as Western Illinois finished 42-75 (56 percent).
Omaha gets 1st Summit win, beats Western Illinois, 87-66
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Lamar Wofford-Humphrey and Zach Jackson each scored 18 points and Omaha won a battle of previously winless Summit League teams with an 87-66 win over Western Illinois on Thursday night.
Omaha had its five-game home win streak snapped by South Dakota State last week has now won three of its last five.
J.T. Gibson hit a 3 with 10:08 left in the first half to give Omaha a 10-point lead it pushed to as many as 15 before taking a 42-30 advantage into intermission.
Mooney leads South Dakota over Western Illinois 62-50
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Matt Mooney scored 11 of his 14 points in the final 4:16 to help South Dakota pull away and beat Western Illinois 62-50 on Wednesday night for its third straight win.
The Coyotes (14-4, 2-0 Summit League) have won seven of their last eight games since a 16-point loss to then-No. 1 Duke on Dec. 2. They have defeated Western Illinois (8-5, 0-1) in four straight and eight of the last nine games dating to the 2013-14 season.
Ancrum scores 17 as W. Illinois tops Lincoln Christian 91-57
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Dalan Ancrum scored 17 points with eight rebounds and six assists as five players reached double-digit scoring and Western Illinois cruised past NAIA member Lincoln Christian 91-57 on Sunday.
Kobe Webster hit a 3-pointer as Western Illinois (8-4) led from the opening tip. Lincoln Christian came as close as 9-7 before another Webster 3-pointer made it 20-9.
Western Illinois beats Milwaukee 90-69
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster made 5 of 8 from 3-point range and scored 21 on Saturday night to help Western Illinois beat Milwaukee 90-69.
Brandon Gilbeck had his third double-double of the season with 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks and the Leathernecks (7-2) led the entire way in winning their third in the last four.
Western Illinois drubs American 69-56
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Brandon Gilbeck scored 17 points with 13 rebounds for his third double-double this season and Western Illinois beat American University 69-56 on Wednesday night.
Kobe Webster added 15 points with six assists and C.J. Duff had 10 points. Western Illinois averaged 56.5 percent shooting from the floor compared to 36 percent for American and had a 37-25 rebounding edge.
Webster, Ancrum lead Western Illinois over IUPUI 90-77
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster scored 27 points, Dalan Ancrum added 19 and Western Illinois rolled to a 90-77 victory over IUPUI on Tuesday night.
Webster made 10 of 14 field goals, including 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, and had eight assists. Ancrum was 8 of 10 from the floor and made three 3-pointers. Jalen Morgan chipped in 13 points for Western Illinois (5-1), which bounced back from a 70-45 loss at Iowa State on Nov. 25, and are 4-0 at home.
Ancrum leads Western Illinois over Eastern Illinois 56-54
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Dalan Ancrum scored 21 points, including three 3-pointers in the final five minutes, and grabbed 11 boards to give Western Illinois a 56-54 victory over Eastern Illinois Wednesday night.
The Leathernecks (2-0) were down by seven with 4:53 to play when Ancrum sank three unanswered 3-pointers followed by a pair of free throws to put his team on top 56-52 with 55 seconds remaining.
Gilbeck, Webster lead W. Illinois past D-III St. Mary’s
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Brandon Gilbeck scored a career-high 31 points and freshman Kobe Webster added 19 points, eight assists and four steals to help Western Illinois beat Division III St. Mary's 109-68 on Saturday night.
Gilbeck shot 12 of 15 from the field and Webster was 8-of-12 shooting, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Dalan Ancrum had a career-best 21 points and seven rebounds for Western Illinois, which topped the 100-point plateau for the first time since Nov. 18, 2005.