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Clark propels Western Illinois over UMKC 64-59

Feb 21, 2010 - 3:25 AM MACOMB, Ill.(AP) -- Ceola Clark scored 21 points to lead Western Illinois to a 64-59 victory over UMKC on Saturday night.

Clark also led the Leathernecks (13-14, 6-10 Summit League) with five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Quenton Kirby added 12 points for Western Illinois, which shot 52.5 percent (21 of 40) in winning its fourth in a row.

LaTreze Mushatt and Jay Couisnard scored 15 apiece to lead the Kangaroos (11-16, 5-11), who clinched the final league tournament spot when Southern Utah lost at IUPUI. The Kangaroos outrebounded Western Illinois 35-25 and committed just nine turnovers but were done in by 32.8 percent shooting.

Western Illinois led 39-24 with 16:34 left. But UMKC ran off eight straight points to trim it to 39-31.

The Leathernecks still led 55-44 with 3:25 to play before UMKC's 9-1 run trimmed it to 56-53 with 1:54 to go. But the Kangaroos got no closer.