Leathernecks Play Host to Cleveland State in BracketBusters
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Monday 02/22/2013
Share |

The Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks play host to Cleveland State Saturday evening inside Western Hall...The nonconference tilt is a part of the ESPN BracketBusters event, which is in its final season...It also marks the second time the Leathernecks participated in the event, they faced Evansville on the road last year and lost, 68-45.

- To view highlights from the season so far, click HERE.

MARKETING NOTES: Western Illinois athletics is encouraging everyone to wear purple...The theme is 'Bust out your purple for the ESPN Bracket Buster Game'...Jimmy Johns is the game sponsor...500 free purple shirts will be given away compliments of Campus Students for Christ and Leatherneck Athletics...The students will attempt and film their own version of the Harlem Shake at halftime in the student section, the community is welcome to join in on the Harlem Shake, more the merrier...Purple Haze (student section) pre-game party in east arena at 6:30 p.m. before the game which includes free food and drinks...ROTC will present the flag before the game...The pep band will be in attendance and performing with its alumni.



WHO: Western Illinois Leathernecks (19-6) at Cleveland State Vikings (13-16)
Macomb, Ill.
•  Western Hall (5,139)
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
CSU leads 17-7


Radio/Live Audio:
The Dog (88.3 FM) & Classic 103 (102.7 FM)
Talent: Beau Spencer (play-by-play) & Aaron Viner (color)

Live Video:
Rocky Vision

Live Stats:



WIU Athletics

Preseason Information:
2012-13 Information Guide/Record Book
2012-13 Quick Facts

2012-13 Schedule
2012-13 Outlook
2012-13 Season Preview
2011-12 Highlights

MID-MAJOR TOP 25: The Leathernecks are #19 in the latest in the CollegeInsider Top 25 poll.
Previous appearances in the poll:
Jan. 7 -     #22
Jan. 14 -    #18
Jan. 21 -    #20

Jan. 28 -    #21
Feb. 4 -     #20
Feb. 11 -     #19
Feb. 18 -     #19

NCAA RPI: The Leathernecks are 102nd on the NCAA’s most recent RPI ratings.
Previous appearances in the RPI:
Jan. 7 -    163rd
Jan. 14 -     158th
Jan. 21 -     146th
Jan. 28 -     133rd
Feb. 4 -     134th
Feb. 11 -     135th
Feb. 18 -     102nd

DIVISION I OVERALL RECORD: With multiple games left in the season, the Leathernecks are tied for the third-most wins in a Western Illinois Division I single-season.
The Division I Top 5 list is below:
T1. 20-8 -    1994-95
T1. 20-11 -   1982-83
T3. 19-6 -     2012-13
T3. 19-10 -   1996-97
4. 18-15 -     2011-12

With two games left in the season, the Leathernecks are tied for the third-most conference wins in a Western Illinois Division I single-season.
The Division I Top 5 list is below:
1. 13-5 -     1994-95
2. 12-6 -     1995-96
T3. 11-3 -     2012-13
T3. 11-4 -     1996-97
T3. 11-5 -     1997-98

The Leathernecks are owners of a 11-3 Summit League record...Western is 5-1 at home in conference play, and 6-2 on the road in league action...Western kicked-off the season 6-0 in league play, only the second team to begin league play 6-0 in the program’s Division I era.

BEST START SINCE: Western is off to its best start in its NCAA Division I history...No Western Illinois team has started a season 19-6 or better since the 1957-58 season when the Leathernecks started 27-0.

LEAGUE LEADER: Terell Parks has earned 11 double-doubles this season, which ranks first in the Summit League...Parks also ranks first in 10-rebound games with 12, and Ceola Clark III ranks tied for second in 10-assist games with one.

WESTERN HALL: Western has lost only one game at home this season, owners of a 10-1 mark inside Western Hall...The Leathernecks are 5-1 at home in conference games, and 5-0 at home in nonconference action.

This season’s men’s basketball games are drawing in more fans than Western Hall has seen in years...The Leathernecks had 4,163 fans pack Western Hall on January 17th versus South Dakota State, and 3,973 on January 19th against North Dakota State...The last time that many people came to a home Leatherneck game was when Western played host to Indiana during the 2005-06 season.

A win would mark the 1,222nd victory in program history...A win would mark head coach Jim Molinari’s 67th victory at Western, and his 290th victory all-time as a head coach...A win would be Western’s eighth-ever over Cleveland State...A win would be Western’s second win over Cleveland State in the last seven meetings.

Ceola Clark III ranks in the top five of The Summit League’s active leaders in points and assists...He ranks second in assists (444) and fourth in scoring (1,392)...Terell Parks ranks fourth in rebounds (542).

CAREER GAMES PLAYED: Ceola Clark III sits first in career games played at Western with 119.


1. 119 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr
T2. 117 Joe Dykstra    1978-83
T2. 117 Cory Fosdyck    1997-02
4. 115 Todd Hutcheson    1980-84

1,000 POINT CLUB: Ceola Clark III ranks 11th overall in points scored in program history with 1,392 career points.

POINTS    Year

9. 1,448 Gardy McCollum    1957-60
10. 1,431 David Jackson    2004-08
11. 1,392 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr

#CC3: After connecting on his 217th and 218th career three-pointers at home versus North Dakota State (Jan. 19) earlier this season, Ceola Clark III sits first in career triples made at Western...Clark passed Bill Heisler who connected on 216 during his playing career at Western.


1. 234 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr
2. 216 Bill Heisler    1997-01
3. 181 Brandon Creason    1995-99

Ceola Clark III became the Western Illinois career steals leader last season, picking up his 168th swipe at Kansas City on January 19th, 2012...Clark passed Bill Heisler who finished his playing career with 167 steals.

1. 226 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr
2. 167 Bill Heisler    1997-01
3. 138 Andre Humphrey    1993-95

DISHIN’ THE ROCK: Ceola Clark III makes everyone else on the court around him better because of his ability to make great passes and ranks second in assists all-time in program history (1. Dwayne Banks - 506).

1. 506 Dwayne Banks    1977-80
2. 444 Ceola Clark III    2009-pr
3. 361 Daryl Reed    1982-86

SWAT TEAM: In his second season at Western, Terell Parks is tied for 2nd in blocks in program history.

BLOCKS    Year
1. 149 Shelby Thurmond    1992-93, 1994-95
2. 109 Terell Parks    2011-pr
3. 102 Janthony Joseph    1995-97

Terell Parks also ranks in the top 15 in career rebounds at Western.

13. 630 Paul Reuschel    1966-68
14. 586 Garrick Vicks    1993-96
15. 542 Terell Parks    2011-pr

UP NEXT: After the Fighting Leathernecks BracketBusters game versus Cleveland State, Western plays host to Summit League foes Kansas City and South Dakota to close the regular season.


Waste Management
WIU Basketball-Men's


Rocky Vision

BullDog Image