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MACOMB, Ill. — Matt Lander scored 20 points as Western Illinois won its third in a row, defeating Southern Utah 63-49 on Thursday night.
Tommie Tyler added 12 points and Ceola Clark 10 for the Leathernecks (12-14, 5-10 Summit League), who won just their second league game at home.
Dallin Bachynski went 7-for-10 and scored 20 points to lead the Thunderbirds (6-20, 2-13), who dropped their fifth in a row. Davis Baker grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Southern Utah, which fell to 0-8 in league road games, started both halves with long droughts. The Thunderbirds trailed 7-0 before Bachynski converted a three-point play after 7:59 had elapsed in the first half.
The Leathernecks also scored the first seven points of the second half and held Southern Utah scoreless for 4:22 until Ryan Brimley's jumper cut it to 42-25.
Western Illinois' lead peaked at 51-27 on Tyler's 3-pointer with 11:56 left
SOUTH DAKOTA 59, UTAH VALLEY 55: At Vermillion, S.D., the Wolverines battled toe-to-toe with Great West Conference leader South Dakota on Thursday night, but the Coyotes went on a 9-2 run midway through the second half to build a nine-point lead before holding off Utah Valley.
Utah Valley got within four points at 52-48 of the league-leading Coyotes on a 3-pointer by Jordan Swarbrick with 1:58 left and again at 54-50 on a layup by Shawn Deadwiler with less than a minute remaining.
After USD missed a pair of foul shots, UVU's Jourdain Scoubes knocked down a jumper to cut the lead to three with 19.1 seconds left, and Swarbrick drilled a 3-pointer with 10.2 remaining to trim the lead to two.
"I liked our energy and I thought there was consistency from the 10 guys that came on this trip. Everyone played with a lot of fight and vinegar," UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker said. "As our season winds down, I am encouraged."
With the loss, the Wolverines fall to 11-14 overall and 4-5 in league play, while the Coyotes improve to 15-9 overall and 6-1 in conference play.
Kevin Woods led the Wolverines with a season-high 11 points, while Eric Dearden had nine and Tyray Petty and Justin Baker had eight each.
USD's Roman Gentry led all scorers with 24 points.
The Wolverines are back in action Saturday night when they meet North Dakota at 2 p.m. (MT) in Grand Forks, N.D.
WESTMINSTER 60, ROCKY MOUNTAIN 48: At Billings, Mont., the Griffins lowered their magic number to clinching a second consecutive outright Frontier Conference championship to one after a win over Rocky Mountain College.
No. 7 Westminster is now 21-5 on the season and 11-1 in the conference.
Ben Walker led the Griffins attack with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Walker also collected seven rebounds. Blair Prowse added 13 points, and Jeramie Hopson finished with nine points and five assists. Michael Stockton and Tanner Gregory added eight points apiece off the bench, with Gregory grabbing a team-best eight rebounds.
SOUTH DAKOTA 68, UTAH VALLEY 39: At Vermillion, S.D., Utah Valley fell behind 15-0 in the first seven minutes of its Great West Conference contest with South Dakota on Thursday night and the Wolverines couldn't recover in suffering a lopsided loss.
Utah Valley finally got on the board at the 12:48 mark of the first half on a foul shot by Blake Reynolds, but the Wolverines didn't record their first field goal until the 7:32 mark when Kaycee Mansfield knocked down a 3-pointer.
The Wolverines shot just 20 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, and the red-hot Coyotes shot 53.3 percent, including 8-of-15 from the 3-point line in running out to a 41-14 halftime lead.
With the loss, the Wolverines drop to 5-21 overall and 1-8 in Great West Conference play, while the Coyotes improve to 11-12 and 4-3.
Utah Valley shot a little better in the second half (32 percent) but couldn't get any closer than 24 points.
Julie Smith, Jenna Johnson and Kayla Burningham scored six points each to lead the Wolverines and Mansfield had five.
USD's Amber Hegge led all scorers with 16 points.
Utah Valley is back in action Saturday at noon (MT) when the Wolverines battle North Dakota at Grand Forks, N.D.
IDAHO STATE 79, WEBER STATE 75 (OT): At Pocatello, Idaho, the Bengals rallied from a 15-point, second-half deficit to outlast the Wildcats in overtime in a Big Sky Conference clash Thursday night at Reed Gymnasium.
Weber State used a 16-0 run early in the first half to take a 19-4 lead with 11:24 remaining in the period. ISU whittled the lead down to five with 1:33 left in the half, but the 'Cats pushed it back to nine and took a 30-21 margin into the break.
WSU again led by 15 after Megan Patterson's 3-pointer with 10:37 left in the game. The Wildcats led by 15 as late as the 8:43 mark, but the Bengals refused to go away.
Idaho State put together a 13-2 run to cut the deficit to four points over the next 3:25, and trimmed the lead down to one with 1:07 left as Ashleigh Vella hit from behind the arc.
Andrea Videbeck scored on a layup with 29 seconds left in regulation, giving the Bengals their first lead of the game since holding a 4-3 advantage at the 18:07 mark of the first half. Following a Wildcat miss and a foul, Videbeck missed on the second free throw attempt that would have put Idaho State ahead by three. With eight seconds left, WSU's Caitlin Anderson hauled in a rebound and found Tonya Schnibbe, who scored a game-tying layup on the other end as time expired to give Weber State new life.
However, in the extra period, ISU jumped out with a 7-1 run to open the overtime and led 71-65 with 2:57 to play. Ali Thorderson hit from 3-point range, and Nicke Parks hit 3-of-4 free throws to fuel a 6-0 run for the Wildcats, tying the game at 71-all with 1:37 left. The Bengals pulled out to a four-point lead on a jumper by Oana Iacovita and a pair of free throws by Videbeck, and ISU's Chelsea Pickering iced the game with four-straight shots from the charity stripe over the final 13 seconds.
Anderson hit 11-of-13 shots from the floor for a season-high 27 points. She also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year. Sarah Conner added 15 points for the Wildcats, while Schnibbe also posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Patterson added eight points, while Parks recorded career-high's with eight points and eight rebounds.
Videbeck led the Bengals with 20 points, while Pickering and Vella added 17 and 15 points, respectively. Iacovita chipped in eight points and a team-high eight rebounds for ISU.
The Bengals improved to 12-14 overall and 7-6 in the Big Sky Conference. The Wildcats fell to 9-17 overall and 3-10 in league play and have been pushed to the brink of elimination in its chase for a berth in the conference tournament.