MACOMB, Ill. -- Terell Parks had 12 points and 16 rebounds and Western Illinois scored the first 20 points of the game en route to a 68-50 victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday night.
The Leathernecks (18-5, 10-2 Summit) hit 9 of 15 shots during the game-opening run and finished the half shooting 59 percent from the floor while taking a 35-15 lead into the break.
Omaha missed its first 14 shots and needed CJ Carter's half-court 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer just to pull within 20 points.
Adam Link added 12 points and Don McAvoy had 11 for Western Illinois, which increased its lead to as many as 33 points in the second half.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.