Lander’s 22 leads WIllinois over St. Francis 83-47

Matt Lander had a career-high 22 points to lead four Western

Illinois players in double figures Friday as the hot-shooting

Leathernecks routed St. Francis, Ill., 83-47 to open their

season.

Western Illinois (1-0) led 34-24 at halftime, but hit 15 of 20

shots in the final 20 minutes to blow the game open. St. Francis

turned the ball over 26 times and shot only 33 percent from the

field.

Lander had just five points at halftime, but hit 5 of 7 shots

and 7 of 8 free throws in the second half. Ceola Clark III finished

with 11 points, a career-high 10 assists and a team-high four

steals.

Lukas Zebrauskas scored 13 points to lead the Fighting Saints

(4-1).