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W. Illinois 79, E. Illinois 78

December 3, 1996

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) _ Clint Ford and Brandon Creason scored 22 points each to lead Western Illinois to a 79-78 victory over Eastern Illinois on Monday night.

Creason made two free throws to give the Leathernecks (2-1) a 78-72 lead with a little over 1 minute left. But the Panthers’ Rick Kaye hit a layup and a foul wit 34 seconds left to make the score 78-75.

Mark Gagle made one foul shot with four seconds left to put Western Illinois up 79-75, and Kaye hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for the final score.

Western Illinois held a 33-29 lead at the break, and never trailed in the second half.

Chad Peckinpaugh scored 17 points, Rick Kaye added 16 and Rahsaan Johnson had 15 for Eastern Illinois (1-2)

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