MACOMB, Ill. -- Garrett Covington scored 17 points Saturday night, including six free throws in overtime, and Western Illinois rallied to beat Nebraska-Omaha 79-69 in their Summit League opener.
The lead changed hands six times in the first half and Omaha (10-6, 0-1) led 20-19 at halftime. The Mavericks led 61-59 with 11 seconds to play in regulation when Remy Roberts-Burnett hit a jumper to tie it at 61.
The Leathernecks scored six quick points in overtime, and then sank 10 free throws to lead 79-67 with 8 seconds to play. Devin Patterson scored a layup and 3-pointer and time expired.
Western Illinois outshot Omaha 48.2 percent to 38.8 percent and outrebounded them 44-32.
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.