MACOMB, Ill. - The Fighting Leatherneck fans showed up in full force Thursday evening (Jan. 17) inside Western Hall, but South Dakota State played spoiler, pulling away during the final three minutes of the contest on its way to a 59-53 win over Western Illinois.
The official attendance for the game was 4,163, the program's highest since the 2005-06 season.
Western's win streak comes to an end after 11 straight, while the Leathernecks fall to 14-4 overall and 6-1 in Summit League play. The Jackrabbits earn their third straight, improve to 14-6 overall and 5-2 in conference play.
The two teams battled throughout the entire matchup, with SDSU holding a slight edge for the majority of the time. There were a total of eight ties and 13 lead changes in the game. SDSU's Chad White gave the Jackrabbits the advantage when he hit a three with 3:02 left in regulation to put the Jackrabbits up 53-50, a lead South Dakota State wouldn't surrender.
Terell Parks led the way for Western, picking up his fourth straight double-double, and seventh of the year. The senior forward scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Parks also had two assists, a block, a steal, and no turnovers.
Jack Houpt tallied a team-best 16 points on the evening, including four three-pointers. Houpt also had two assists and two steals.
The only other Leatherneck to score in double figures was Adam Link who finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Ceola Clark III finished with a team-high six assists, two steals, and knocked down his 216th career triple, moving him into a tie for first in program history.
SDSU out-shot the Leathernecks 51.2% - 42.3%. The Leathernecks also struggled from the free throw line, connecting on only 30.8% (4-of-13) of them, and beyond the arc, shooting just 27.8% (5-of-18).
Both teams totaled less than 10 turnovers, as Western committed six, and SDSU had nine.
Nate Wolters led all scorers with 22 and dished out six helpers.
Western looks to start another win streak Saturday when the North Dakota State Bison, who sit in first in The Summit League standings, visit Western Hall. The game is slated to tip off at 7 p.m.