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PEORIA — Milwaukee recruit C.J. Wilbourn scored 30 points as the Normal Community High School basketball team survived a scare at Richwoods and pulled out a 56-54 Big 12 Conference overtime win on Friday.

"Richwoods played a great game tonight on their Senior Night," said NCHS coach Dave Witzig. "We just gutted it out and ground it out and made enough free throws to win."

The Ironmen (22-3, 7-1 Big 12) overcame a slow start to grab a 36-32 lead heading into the final period. Prior to that, they trailed 15-9 after one quarter and went into the locker room down 27-24 at halftime.

"We didn't play well in the first half, but were only down by three," Witzig said. 

Richwoods (14-9, 4-5) sent the game into overtime at 46-46 with a layup in the closing seconds.

Wilbourn scored on a layin to open the extra period. NCHS never trailed after that.

Daylen Boddie added 11 points for the Ironmen.

Contact Randy Sharer at (309) 820-3405. Follow him on Twitter: @PG_sharer



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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