Western Illinois 55, SIU Edwardsville 38
MACOMB, Ill. (goleathernecks.com) - Western Illinois defeated SIU-Edwardsville 55-38 Saturday evening (Dec. 8) inside Western Hall, increasing the team's winning streak to four games.
The Cougars (2-5) were within single digits early in the second half, but a Western (7-3) run of 14-2 gave the Leathernecks a lead SIU-E couldn't surmount.
Adam Link led all scorers with 14 points, while Terell Parks (11) and Don McAvoy III (11) each finished in double figures for Western. To go along with his game-high 14 points, Link also had five rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Parks pulled down a team-best nine rebounds, had two steals and two assists to go along with his 11 points.
Ceola Clark III finished the game with nine points, a game-high five assists, two steals, and a rebound.
Jack Houpt also had five assists in the game, and six points via a pair of triples.
Ball State 62, South Dakota 51
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Jauwan Scaife scored 14 points, Majok Majok continued to dominate the glass and Ball State rallied past South Dakota for a 62-51 victory Saturday.
Marcus Posley added 12 points off the bench for the Cardinals (4-4), and Chris Bond had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Majok, a junior-college transfer coming off a career-high 17 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Holy Cross, grabbed 16 boards and added nine points.
Steve Tecker had 15 points and Trevor Gruis 14 for the Coyotes (4-6), who tied the back-and-forth game at 39 on Brandon Bos' 3-pointer with 12 minutes to play. But a 15-5 Ball State run, capped by Scaife's 3-pointer with 5:53 left, put the Cardinals up 54-44. South Dakota later pulled within 54-51 but didn't score again.
Ball State shot 43 percent from the field, but that was better than South Dakota's 34 percent -- including 4 of 25 on 3-pointers.
Drake 74, Fort Wayne 64
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Chris Hines scored 19 points and Ben Simons added 15, leading Drake to a 74-64 victory over Fort Wayne on Saturday night in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Hines and Simon hit three 3-pointers apiece. Jordan Clarke added nine points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-4), who went ahead for good, 31-29, on Richard Carter's layup 2:20 before halftime and led by as many as 16 in the second half.
Frank Gaines, who came in averaging 19.2 points per game, had a game-high 27 on 8-of-17 shooting for the Mastodons (5-6), and Michael Kibiloski chipped in 10 points off the bench. Fort Wayne shot just 36 percent from the floor and committed 21 turnovers.
Drake never trailed, but Fort Wayne tied it at 29 late in the first half. The Bulldogs, though, closed the half on a 10-0 run before Clarke's layup just after halftime made it 41-29.
Ohio 78, Oakland 61
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Walter Offutt scored 14 points and D.J. Cooper recorded his 18th career double-double as Ohio overpowered Oakland 78-61 Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak.
Nick Kellogg added 12 points while Reggie Keely and D.J. Cooper chipped in 10 apiece. Cooper also pulled down five boards and dished out 13 assists for Ohio (7-2), which had 21 assists as a team.
Ohio held Oakland (3-7) to 38.5 percent (10 of 26) shooting and scored 16 points off 11 Golden Grizzlies' turnovers en route to a 39-29 halftime lead. The Bobcats shot 55.2 percent (16 of 29) in the second half and forced nine more turnovers to seal the win.
Oakland outrebounded Ohio 32-31 but the Bobcats outscored the Golden Grizzlies 40-20 in the paint.
Travis Bader, Oakland's leading scorer on the season, scored 29 points but the Golden Grizzlies' second-leading scorer Duke Mondy was held to 1-of-5 shooting.
Western Kentucky 77, IUPUI 57
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Jamal Crook had 25 points and nine assists to lead Western Kentucky over IUPUI 77-57 for a nonconference victory Saturday.
The win was the sixth straight for the Hilltoppers (8-2), who are off to their best start since beginning 2006-07 8-2.
Crook was 11 of 17 from the field and also had a pair of steals. George Fant added 13 points for the Hilltoppers, and Brandon Harris had nine points on three 3-pointers and eight rebounds as Western Kentucky outrebounded the Jaguars (3-8) 35-28.
Ian Chiles and Jordan Shanklin led IUPUI with 13 points each, with Shanklin hitting 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
The Jaguars shot 36.4 percent (20 of 55) from the field against Western Kentucky, which entered leading the Sun Belt in defensive shooting percentage at 39.2.
The Hilltoppers shot 55.8 percent (29 of 52) from the field and 38.1 percent (8 of 21) from 3.
No. 5 Louisville 99, Kansas City 47
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Russ Smith scored a career-high 31 points as No. 5 Louisville defeated Kansas City 99-47.
Smith was 12 of 18 from the field and 3 of 5 from 3-point range in surpassing his previous high of 30. He led Louisville (8-1) in scoring for the sixth time in nine games.
Luke Hancock added 15 points and six rebounds, and Montrezl Harrell a career-high 14 points with seven rebounds for the Cardinals, who shot 56 percent in winning their third in a row. All but two players scored for Louisville, which posted its highest point total this season.
Louisville's defense stifled Kansas City (4-5). Besides forcing 24 turnovers leading to 35 points, the Cardinals held the Kangaroos to 27 percent shooting, including four of 27 in the second half.
Louisville also outrebounded Kansas City 47-33.
"They do different things," UMKC coach Matt Brown said of Louisville's defense. "Sometimes it's man-to-man, sometimes it's zone, sometimes there is a guy on the ball, and sometimes there is a guy off the ball. They give you so many different looks."
Nelson Kirksey and Trinity Hall led the Kangaroos with nine points each.