Scores

Final

W Illinois 53

(9-13, 2-9 Summit)

N Carolina Cent 50

(4-20, 4-3 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 2, 2010

    McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium, Durham, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    WIU 13 4053
    NCCU 22 2850

    Top Performers

    Western Illinois: D. Nurse 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    North Carolina Central: C. Wilkerson 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast

    W. Illinois 53, N.C. Central 50

    Associated Press

    DURHAM, N.C. -- David Nurse had 15 points and eight rebounds and Western Illinois rallied to beat North Carolina Central 53-50 on Tuesday night.

    Western Illinois (9-13) trailed by 13 in the first half after shooting 4-for-20 from the field. The Leathernecks improved to 64.7 percent in the second half (11-for-17) to snap a two-game skid.

    N.C. Central (4-20) led 33-20 with 12:46 left, then Western Illinois used a 16-2 run -- capped by a Nurse 3-pointer -- to pull ahead 36-35 with 7:34 to go. The Eagles briefly regained the lead, then Nurse hit another 3 to give the Leathernecks the lead for good.

    N.C. Central pulled within 51-50 on two C.J. Wilkerson free throws with 11 seconds left, but Ceola Clark made two foul shots with 9 seconds to go. Michael Glasker missed two free throws for the Eagles with 4 seconds left.

    Wilkerson led N.C. Central, which has lost five straight, with 20 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WIU
    NCCU
    Points 53 50
    FG Made-Attempted 15-37 (.405) 18-41 (.439)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-15 (.267) 4-13 (.308)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-27 (.704) 10-22 (.455)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 13

    2009-10 Season

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