Stewart, Avants net 21, N Dakota tops W Illinois 71-65

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) Marlon Stewart and Conner Avants had 21 points apiece and North Dakota pulled out a 71-65 win over Western Illinois on Saturday.

The Fighting Hawks (8-10, 2-3 Summit League) used a 10-0 run to take the lead for good, 51-47, with 12:55 to play. The Leathernecks (6-12, 1-4) missed 10 straight shots.

North Dakota added a 9-0 run inside the six-minute mark to push the lead to 10 with 2:03 to go as Western Illinois was missing three shots with three turnovers.

But the Fighting Hawks missed four straight free throws and the Leathernecks got close, hitting four free throws sandwiched around a Kobe Webster 3-pointer, to close within three inside the final minute. With 13.5 seconds left, Cortez Seales beat the shot clock with a game-clinching 3-pointer from the left corner.

Isaac Johnson had 16 points, Webster 15 and Brandon Gilbeck 14 for Western Illinois.

Copyright 2019 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Our Latest Stories