Carius carries W. Illinois over Omaha 85-77

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Will Carius had 21 points as Western Illinois defeated Omaha 85-77 on Friday night. Anthony Jones added 20 points for the Leathernecks. Jones also had seven rebounds.

Colton Sandage had 13 points for Western Illinois (4-12, 2-7 Summit League). Tamell Pearson added seven rebounds.

Ayo Akinwole scored a career-high 27 points for the Mavericks (2-15, 0-7). Nick Ferrarini added 11 points. Marlon Ruffin had 10 points.

Omaha has lost 11 consecutive games, the ninth-longest active streak of its kind. Denver — also a member of the Summit League — has dropped 13 straight (t-fifth)

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