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WIU Basketball: Leathernecks ride momentum into critical stretch

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Western Illinois looks to extend its winning streak to 12 games when South Dakota State invades Western Hall on Thursday night. Western Illinois looks to extend its winning streak to 12 games when South Dakota State invades Western Hall on Thursday night.

MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -- To say the next few nights are critically important in Western Illinois' hopes of winning the Summit League title would be a major under statement.

The winners of their last 11 games consecutively, the Leathernecks first play host to South Dakota State on Thursday in pursuit of revenge after the Jackrabbits ended Western's dream of its first NCAA Tournament appearance in the Summit League championship last season.

Head coach Jim Molinari hopes his team continues riding the momentum they've gained over the last month.

"If you don't stay humble or you don't stay working, it can switch on a dime. Enjoy it but we've got to keep working and I think we have maturity," Molinari said. 

"Ceola (Clark) gets it, Terell Parks gets it, and Jack Houpt understands it, and I think they want to fight to keep this space. I tell them it's a little different now, you have a little bit of an 'X' on your back, and it's not the opposite when nobody cared when they played us.

Now they're ready for us, so we have to be sharp."

Saturday night should especially be worth your hard earned dollar.

Both Western and North Dakota State enter the week 6-0 and are tied atop the conference standings.

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