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Western Illinois Stops Bison in Quarterfinals

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Ceola Clark scored 13 second-half points including a key four-point play with 39 seconds left that lifted No. 4 seed Western Illinois to a 58-53 win over No. 5 seed North Dakota State in the Summit League men's basketball quarterfinals Sunday, March 4, at Sioux Falls Arena.

Obi Emegano added 19 points and Terell Parks had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Fighting Leathernecks (17-13), who advanced to face No. 1 seed Oral Roberts in the 6 p.m. semifinal Monday, March 5.

TrayVonn Wright scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in the second half for North Dakota State (17-13), which lost nine of its last 13 games and bowed out in the quarterfinals for the third straight season.

NDSU led by as many as six points late in the first half before a Jack Houpt 3-pointer and Parks' dunk with two seconds left cut the Bison lead to 23-22 at halftime.

North Dakota State held five one-point leads after halftime, the last at 51-50 on Marshall Bjorklund's tip-in putback with 51.5 seconds to go. Clark answered with a contested 3-pointer on the other end and made a foul shot to put the Leathernecks ahead for good, 54-51.

NDSU committed a turnover on the next possession and Emegano made both ends of a 1-and-1 free-throw situation to make it a five-point game with 16.5 seconds left. Lawrence Alexander scored for the Bison, but Clark iced it with two foul shots with 5.3 to go.

Alexander and Taylor Braun finished with 11 points apiece and Mike Felt scored 10 for the Bison. Bjorklund had seven points to round out the NDSU scoring. Braun grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and had four steals.

 NDSU shot 39.1 percent overall including 7-for-17 from the 3-point line, and the Bison were just 58.8 percent at the foul line (10-for-17). Western Illinois shot 45.2 percent overall and was 15-for-17 at the foul line.

It was just the second loss for NDSU in 14 games when leading at the half. The No. 5 seed had won the previous four quarterfinal games of the tournament.

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