South Dakota Coyotes 21 40 61
Willinois 33 46 79
Date of game: 1/23/2014

Recap: Western Ill vs. South Dakota

Macomb, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Garret Covington scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds as the Western Illinois Leathernecks came away with a 79-61 win over the South Dakota Coyotes in a Summit League showdown at Western Hall.

Also scoring in double figures for the Leathernecks (8-11, 2-2 Summit) were Jabari Sandifer with 13 points and both Michael Ochereobia and Tate Stensgaard with 10 as the team snapped a two-game slide.

The Coyotes (8-10, 3-1) were led by Tyler Flack with 11 points, while Brandon Bos and Adam Thoseby both dropped in 10. With the setback South Dakota had a five-game win streak come to an end.

Western Illinois scored the first points of the contest and never looked back, shooting 54.2 percent from the floor in the first half, en route to a 33-21 advantage at the break. South Dakota knocked down a total of just eight field goals through the first 20 minutes of action.

The Leathernecks exploded for an astounding 71.4 percent accuracy from the field following intermission, not to mention 14-of-16 at the free-throw line in order to capture the 18-point home win.

WIU survived 15 turnovers, by converting 62.2 percent from the field, including 7-of-10 behind the 3-point line on the night.

Game Notes

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