MACOMB, Ill. — Brandon Gilbeck scored a career-high 31 points and freshman Kobe Webster added 19 points, eight assists and four steals to help Western Illinois beat Division III St. Mary’s 109-68 on Saturday night.
Gilbeck shot 12 of 15 from the field and Webster was 8-of-12 shooting, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Dalan Ancrum had a career-best 21 points and seven rebounds for Western Illinois, which topped the 100-point plateau for the first time since Nov. 18, 2005.
Gilbeck scored 11 points, and Webster added nine with four assists, as Western Illinois (1-0) opened a 32-17 lead with 7:43 left in the first half and led the rest of the way. St. Mary’s rallied to within two points just before the break, but a layup by Gilbeck spurred a 17-0 run that spanned halftime and made it 62-43 when Gilbeck hit a jumper with 16:35 to play.
Webster hit a jumper and then a 3-pointer to spark a 15-0 spurt that made it a 31-point lead about five minutes later and Delo Bruster’s 3 gave the Leathernecks their biggest lead, 103-59, with three minutes remaining.
Freshman Kareem Anthony-Belle led St. Mary’s with 17 points and Jason Timm scored 12. The game served as an exhibition for the Cardinals.