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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, December 29, 2016 7:26 pm

IPFW loses Summit League opener

ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

Garret Covington scored 25 points Thursday night and Western Illinois made a program-record 18 3-pointers to open Summit League play with a 93-91 win over IPFW.

The Leathernecks (4-8, 1-0) made 18 of 37 3-point attempts led by C.J. Duff who made 7 of 9 from distance and finished with 21 points.

Western Illinois took the lead for good at 79-76 on Mike Miklusak's 3 with 5:04 left and held on despite leading by no more than five the rest of the way. Brandon Gilbeck's free throws made it 93-88 with 13 seconds left.

Miklusak added 17 points and 11 boards.

The Mastodons (10-4, 0-1) took their first lead late in the first half and extended to their largest lead after the break at 58-50 before the Leathernecks went on a 19-2 run and had their widest margin at 69-60 with 9:22 to go.

Mo Evans had 24 points for IPFW.