W. Illinois 59, Savannah St. 52

Ceola Clark scored 22 points to lead Western Illinois past

Savannah State 59-52 on Sunday.

The Leathernecks (3-0) led by just two at halftime, 26-24,

before opening the second half on a 14-5 run. Clark, who scored 13

in the second half, had nine points during the run, which he capped

with a 3-pointer for a 40-29 lead with 15:39 remaining.

Western Illinois shot 60 percent from the field in the second

half (9 of 15) and finished with a 52.8 field goal percentage (19

of 36).

The Tigers (1-1) brought the score to 46-42 on Preston

Blackmon’s free throw with 5:06 left, but they wouldn’t get any

closer as Western Illinois scored six straight. Matt Lander’s layup

put the Leathernecks ahead 52-42 with 3:56 to go. Lander finished

with 15 points and was 6-for-8 shooting.

Jovonni Shuler led the Tigers with 22 points, 17 in the second

half, and Blackmon finished with 11.