Western Illinois closes out Nebraska-Omaha 72-51
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) Obi Emegano scored 18 points Wednesday night, leading Western Illinois to a 72-51 victory over Nebraska-Omaha.
Mitch Albers scored 13 points in the season finale for the Mavericks (11-18), who are reclassifying to Division I and will join the Summit League next season.
Western Illinois won for the 1,200th time in program history and won its 16th game for the first time since 1998-99.
The Leathernecks led 23-20 before opening some space with an 8-0 run. Three-pointers by Houpt and Ceola Clark and a basket by Parks made it 31-20 with 2:01 left in the first half.
The Leathernecks' biggest lead was 24 points late in the second half.
Western Illinois also defeated the Mavericks 81-70 on Jan. 24.
Updated February 29, 2012