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Late free throws give UND 74-73 win over WIU

MACOMB, Ill.—The UND men's basketball trip to Western Illinois wasn't easy. After the team couldn't fly to Macomb on Wednesday due to brutal cold temperatures, the Fighting Hawks hopped on a bus.

And they stopped to practice at Iowa's Carver Hawkeye Arena on Thursday.

Those travel hassles didn't seem to bother UND as the Fighting Hawks downed Western Illinois 74-73 on Friday as Marlon Stewart hit two of three free-throw attempts with 1.6 seconds to play.

A desperation shot by Western Illinois at the buzzer was off the mark. UND improved to 3-6 in the Summit League and 9-13 overall while Western Illinois dropped to 3-6 and 8-14. UND, however, swept the season series against the Leathernecks, which could be helpful for Summit League postseason play.

UND led for 38 minutes but Western Illinois' Kobe Webster hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds to go, giving the Leathernecks a 73-72 advantage.

Stewart launched a shot from the corner with roughly six seconds to but it was off the mark. Neither team controlled the rebound but the ball went out of bounds off of a Western Illinois player.

Stewart took another 3-point attempt with just under two seconds to go from the win. However, he was fouled by Isaac Johnson with 1.6 seconds left. Stewart made his first attempt, missed the second before dropping in the game-winner.

UND was led by Kienan Walter's 18 points. Cortez Seales added 17, while Filip Rebraca and Stewart each finished with 11. UND shot 49.2 percent and outrebounded Western 43-36.

The Hawks will play at Omaha on Sunday.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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