It was the Western Illinois men's basketball team's first Summit League contest of the 2012-13 campaign, and Ceola Clark III's last second heroic efforts were what lifted the Fighting Leathernecks to a 73-71 league victory and 1-0 start to their conference schedule.
In the first half, Western led by as much as 14 points and entered the break with a 12-point advantage.
Two minutes into the second half Western again found themselves up 14 points and in control of the game. That quickly changed when South Dakota went on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes of basketball and cut the Leathernecks' lead to two.
WIU again built its lead up to double-digits, a 61-51 advantage, with 2:26 to play after senior Don McAvoy III tallied two points via a slam dunk.
South Dakota once again stormed back into the contest, and after USD senior Juevol Myles drained a three-pointer with just seven seconds to play, the two teams found themselves knotted up, 71-71.
The ball was quickly in-bounded to Clark from freshman Jordan Foster. Clark took the ball coast-to-coast, drove down the middle of the lane, let a floater go from just inside the free throw line, and scored the Leathernecks' game-winner as the clock hit 00:00.
"It all happened so fast, I made a play got to the basket and it was a move I worked on everyday," said Clark. "The hesitation and the floater. It got us off to a winning note."
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