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|Western Illinois Tips Oral Roberts 54-53
|SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Terell Parks' jumper with 26 seconds left boosted Western Illinois to a 54-53 upset of top-seeded Oral Roberts in the Summit League tournament semifinals Monday night.
Western Illinois (18-13) earned its first trip to the conference championship game in 15 years.
Parks led the fourth-seeded Leathernecks with 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Ceola Clark scored 11 points, and he and Jack Houpt sank three 3-pointers apiece.
Dominique Morrison's 23 points paced the Golden Eagles (27-6). Warren Niles scored 11 points, and Michael Craion had 11 rebounds.
Oral Roberts was up 49-41 with 8:03 left. But after Morrison made two free throws for a 53-48 lead with 4:03 to go, the Golden Eagles went scoreless the rest of the way.
Obi Emegano's basket and two free throws cut Western Illinois' deficit to 53-52 with 1:22 left, setting the stage for Parks' winner.
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