MACOMB – The Western Illinois men's basketball team achieved their very first victory over Central Christian Bible College on Saturday night with a score of 113-62.
This will be one for the history books as Western beat CCB by a 51 point deficit. Western’s offense was ignited by Sophomore Dre’Shawn Allen led all scorers with 17 points and 5 assists. During the first half of the game, Western was able to capitalize on 58 points while CCB only had 28 points. CCB wasn't prepared for Westerns high powered defense as they forced them to have 20 total turnovers throughout the game. They were also out-rebounded by the Leathernecks 51-32.
Right from the start, the Leathernecks controlled the game as Freshman Ben Pyle led the 11-3 run to start the game by making four three-pointers in the first half. Pyle’s effort gave the Leathernecks the edge they needed to expand. Every Leatherneck that touched the court contributed to the 58-26 lead advantage by the end of the first half.
Impressive game for the Leathernecks as they shot efficient from the field with 54% and 44% from 3-point range. Allen wasn't the only Leatherneck to finish in double digits. C.J Duff finished with 15 points along with, Ben Pyle’s 14, Anthony Jones’s 12, Jaden King’s 12, James Claar’s 11, and Zion Young’s 11 points.
Western Illinois will now open up a three-game road stretch starting with Ball State on Tuesday, Nov. 26.