OXFORD, Ohio -- Reggie Jones scored a career-high 26 points Tuesday to lead Western Michigan past Miami 72-55 at Millett Hall.
The Broncos led by four at halftime and were in front 33-35 following a Michael Weathers basket for MU at 13:37 of the final period. Weathers, however, was whistled for his third foul at the other end, and Thomas Wilder made all three free throws.
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Both teams entered the evening sorely needing a victory.
Western Michigan owned one win in its last six outings. It also was fresh off Saturday’s dramatic loss to rival Central Michigan – a game decided by national scoring leader Marcus Keene hittinh a long trey in the closing seconds.
Miami, meanwhile, had registered one win over its last nine contests. The victory against Buffalo was MU’s only win since it opened MAC play by edging Northern Illinois.
Neither WMU nor Miami shot all that well in Tuesday’s contest, both finishing at roughly 38 percent overall. The Broncos, however, did manage to make 6 of 17 from beyond the arc. Five of those makes came after intermission as the visitors pulled away.
Joining Jones in double figures for Western were Wilder (18) and Seth Dugan (13). Miami had just one player in double figures. Marcus Weathers came off the bench for 13 points. His 7 of 10 performance at the free throw line accounted for almost half of Miami’s points at the line.
Miami led for 7:35 minutes – all in the first half. Western Michigan moved in front for good following a Jones layup at 6:18 to make the score 20-18. The Broncos’ lead got as high as six points before two Marcus Weathers free throws reduced the halftime margin to four points.