MACOMB, Ill. - Men's basketball used a come-from-behind victory and overtime to defeat the IUPUI Jaguars Saturday evening (Jan. 5) inside Western Hall, 57-53, improving to 12-3 overall, the program's best start since the 1957-58 season.
The Fighting Leathernecks' victory over IUPUI (6-13 overall, 1-4 conference) also marked the ninth consecutive for Western, something the program has not seen since the 1997-98 season.
Ceola Clark III led all scorers Saturday with 16 points. Clark also four rebounds and two assists.
Jack Houpt pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds in the win to go along with his five points and two assists.
Both teams took care of the ball, each committing just eight turnovers.
Both teams also struggled shooting the ball with Western barely edging out the Jaguars, 37.9%-37%. The Leathernecks, though, shot much better from the free throw line than IUPUI, 87.5%-41.7%.
IUPUI was led by three players that finished with more than 10 points in John Hart (14), Sean Esposito (11) and Greg Rice (10).
The Leathernecks were able to take a very early lead, 7-4, but after a 13-0 run from the Jaguars, Western found themselves down 17-7 midway through the first half.
Thanks to good shooting, 50% from the field, and a better percentage from three (63.6%), the Jaguars were able to head into halftime with a 12-point advantage, 28-16.
The Leathernecks shot just 28% from the floor, and 16% from beyond the arc in the first half.
Western came out firing in the second, a 7-0 run, eventually taking the lead thanks to a Ceola Clark three at the 10:02 mark of the period.
From that point on, the two teams would go back-and-forth until the end of regulation, eventually heading to overtime.
The Leathernecks play host to Greenville College next Wednesday (Jan. 9) inside Western Hall.