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Former DeKalb star Rourke part of historic North Central College season

Rourke played in all 32 games for Cardinals, who went 28-4.

Former DeKalb basketball player Pat Rourke helped North Central College to the best season in school history this year.

Rourke played in all 32 games, averaging 3.3 points per game for the Cardinals, who went 28-4 to establish a new school record for wins.

North Central won its second consecutive College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four for the first time.

Rourke, who helped lead DeKalb to the Class 3A Hampshire Sectional final as a high school senior in 2010, scored a career-high 15 points on March 16 in a 83-73 victory over CCIW rival Illinois Wesleyan University in the Sweet 16.

Rourke is one of three starters returning to next year's team.

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