Summit League Tournament 2012: Western Illinois Falls To South Dakota St. In Title Game

The Western Illinois Leathernecks were downed by South Dakota St. in the championship game of the Summit League Tournament.

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Summit League Tournament: South Dakota St. Downs Western Illinois In Overtime

The Western Illinois Leathernecks saw their season come to a disheartening end on Tuesday night with a 52-50 overtime loss to South Dakota St. in the Summit League Tournament championship game. The Jackrabbits improve to 27-7 overall and 15-3 in the conference with the win. Western Illinois drops to 18-14, 9-9 with the loss.

South Dakota St. was led by guard Nate Wolters, who finished with a team-high 14 points on 5-of-22 shooting. Teammate Griffan Callahan added 10 points in the win.

Guard Tommie Tyler scored 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting for Western Illinois. Big man Terell Parks added eight points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

The game was characterized by strong defensive play that caused low shooting percentages for both teams. The Jackrabbits shot just 19-of-54 (35 percent) from the floor in the win, while Western Illinois finished 21-of-52 (40.4 percent).

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more from around the world of college hoops, visit SB Nation's NCAA basketball news hub. A Summit League 2012 Tournament bracket can be found here. (pdf)

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Summit League Championship 2012, Western Illinois Vs. South Dakota State Preview

The Summit League men's basketball conference tournament title is on the line line when the No. 2 seed South Dakota State Jackrabbits take on the No. 4 Seed Western Illinois Leathernecks on Tuesday night. The automatic bid for the NCAA tournament is on the line, so the intensity will be extremely high in Sioux Falls. The two regular season matchups were won by South Dakota State, but this is an excellent chance for W. Illinois to get the last laugh in head-to-heads this season.

Back on Dec. 3, the Jackrabbits pulled out a nail-biter of a win and escaped 67-66 on the road, but the Leathernecks didn't really show up in the rematch on Feb. 23. In that game, South Dakota State got a comfortable 74-57 win behind 23 points, eight rebounds and 5-5 shooting beyond the arc from Jordan Dykstra. Tommie Tyler had 15 points and Obi Emegano added 14 more for the Leathernecks in the loss, but they will need to put together a better defensive effort -- they allowed the Jackrabbits to shoot 52 percent from the field in that Febuary loss -- if they want to make it March Madness.

Here is some information to help you find the game:

Summit League Championship Game

No. 2 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (26-7, 15-3 Summit) vs. No.4 Western Illinois Leathernecks (18-13, 9-9 Summit)

Game time: 8:00 PM CT, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Location: Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD

TV: ESPN2, ESPN3

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more from around the world of college hoops, visit SB Nation's NCAA basketball news hub. A Summit League 2012 Tournament bracket can be found here. (pdf)

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Summit League Tournament 2012 Bracket: Semifinals Set For Monday Night

Western Illinois picked up a 58-53 win in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Summit League Tournament on Sunday, and now the Leathernecks face the biggest hurdle between them and the tournament championship: No. 1 seed Oral Roberts. ORU won both regular season meetings with Western Illinois, but it took two overtimes for Oral Roberts to beat the Leathernecks back on Jan. 12.

Related: Summit League Tournament 2012: Western Illinois Advances To Semifinals With 58-53 Win Over North Dakota State

In the other semifinal matchup, No. 2 seed South Dakota State will face No. 6 seed Southern Utah. Here's the evening's schedule, with game times and television information:

Semifinal Game 1: (1) Oral Roberts vs. (4) Western Illinois, 6 p.m. CT (TV: Midco Sports Network // Fox College Sports)

Semifinal Game 2: (2) South Dakota State vs. (6) Southern Utah, 8:30 p.m. CT (TV: Midco Sports Network // Fox College Sports)

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more from around the world of college hoops, visit SB Nation's NCAA basketball news hub. A Summit League 2012 Tournament bracket can be found here. (pdf)

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Summit League Tournament 2012: Western Illinois Advances To Semifinals With 58-53 Win Over North Dakota State

Western Illinois kept its season alive with a 58-53 win over North Dakota State in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Summit League Tournament on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Leathernecks will play top-seeded Oral Roberts on Monday at 6:00 p.m .CT

Related: Summit League Tournament 2012: Western Illinois Needs A Run To Reach NCAAs

In Sunday's win, the Leathernecks shot 45.2% from the field compared to 39.1% for North Dakota St., which was crucial given that the Bison had edges in the turnover and rebounding categories. Obi Emegano led Western Illinois with 19 points on 6-11 shooting. Terell Parks recorded a double double for the Leathernecks with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Additonal tournament information can be found at the conference's website.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more from around the world of college hoops, visit SB Nation's NCAA basketball news hub. A Summit League 2012 Tournament bracket can be found here. (pdf)

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Summit League Tournament 2012: Western Illinois Needs A Run To Reach NCAAs

The 2012 Summit League Tournament begins on Saturday.

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