The victory was fueled by freshman center Drake LaMont and freshman point guard Thomas Wilder as the two combined to score 50 of the Broncos’ 80 points. Lamont dominated down low, totaling a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 12-for-15 from the floor. It was his second double-double of the season and his 10 boards also tied a career high.
Wilder pitched in 23 points, doing a majority of his work at the free throw line. Wilder was a perfect 16-for-16 from the stripe, setting a new school record for most free throws made in a single game without a miss.
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With LaMont controlling the paint on both ends, Eastern Michigan had to go to the outside to produce points. The Eagles made 24 shots in the game, and 12 of those were three-pointers.
Raven Lee hit five three’s and led four Eagles in double figures with 26 points. Mike Talley totaled 18 points, while Anali Koloji chipped in 13 and Karrington Ward added 10.
The Broncos shot 45.5 percent in the first half and led 35-28 at the break. The Broncos held as much as a 13-point advantage with 14:46 left in the first.
After closing the gap, Eastern Michigan briefly led by three with 9:31 left in the second half. Western Michigan pulled back in front with four straight points from Lamont.
The Eagles remained within a single possession over the next few minutes until a technical foul and an ejection of EMU head coach Rob Murphy sent Wilder to the line for four consecutive free throws with 3:31 remaining. The Broncos held a seven-point cushion, 66-59, after the Wilder free throws and managed the game to close out the win.
Western Michigan at Northern Illinois (Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET).
Eastern Michigan at Ball State (Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET)