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IPFW at Western Illinois

Records: IPFW 6-8 (0-1 Summit League), Western Illinois 9-3 (3-0)

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Western Hall, Macomb, Ill.

Radio: 1380 AM

IPFW leaders: Frank Gaines (19.8 ppg), Mario Hines (6 rpg), Pierre Bland (2.5 apg)

Western Illinois leaders: Terell Parks (13.9 ppg), Parks (9 rpg), Ceola Clark (4.1 apg)

Key matchup: Clark, a 6-foot-3 guard, ranks in the top 15 on the school’s career points list. Clark is also the team’s career steals leader. Gaines is coming off a 28-point, seven-rebound performance in the loss to IUPUI. Gaines scored 15 points in the second half.

The skinny: The Mastodons look to bounce back after losing their Summit League opener 88-74 Thursday to IUPUI at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. … Western Illinois has won six in a row including a 73-63 win Thursday over Oakland. … IPFW leads the all-time series 10-4, but Western Illinois swept the series last season.

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– LaMond Pope, The Journal Gazette

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