Men's Teams Win Both Tuesday Games (Dec. 18)

Western Illinois' Terell Parks (photo by Dennis Hubbard)
Western Illinois' Terell Parks (photo by Dennis Hubbard)

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Western Illinois 70, Illinois-Chicago 54
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) - Terrell Parks had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Ceola Clark added 14 points and eight assists to lead Western Illinois to a 70-54 victory against Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday night.

Jack Houpt scored 12 points for the Leathernecks (8-3), who took permanent control with a 12-0 run over a 4:17 stretch in the second half.

Joey Miller had 15 points and Josh Crittle 14 for the Flames (9-2), whose eight-game winning streak was snapped.

Five points by Parks and a 3-pointer by Ceola highlighted the 12 consecutive points Western Illinois used to pull away. Illinois-Chicago trailed by just two points before going scoreless in a stretch of 6:24 in which it went 0 for 5 from the floor with two turnovers.

A free throw by Parks made the score 48-34 with 9:49 remaining, and the Flames got no closer than nine the rest of the way.

Omaha 74, Benedictine (Kan.) 70
OMAHA ( - Omaha played its first game at home in over five weeks on Tuesday evening, rallying for a 74-70 victory over Benedictine.

Justin Simmons paced the Mavericks (3-10) with a double-double on a career-high 32 points and 11 rebounds. The Milwaukee native shot 12-of-18 from the floor and added four assists and a steal. Junior center John Karhoff chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds, finishing 11-of-14 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard CJ Carter also had a double-figure effort, totaling 10 points.

Benedictine (8-4) was led by two players who scored in double figures – Charlie Wallrapp (18 points) and Jonathan Anaekwe (12). Wallrapp also pulled down a team-best seven boards.

As a team, Omaha shot 42 percent (25-of-59) from the floor, while Benedictine ended at a 44 percent clip (28-of-64).

In a game with 16 lead changes and 11 ties, Benedictine led much of the second half. With the score knotted at 67-67, Wallrapp hit a free throw to put the Ravens up by one. It proved to be their last lead, as junior guard Caleb Steffensmeier knocked in a three to put the Mavs up 70-68 with two minutes to go. A Simmons jumper then pushed it to a four-point UNO lead, and a Wallrapp layup cut it to two. Simmons banked in two final free throws with one second left on the clock, sealing the Omaha win at 74-70.