Western Michigan has won its home opener in each of its last five seasons, dating back to 2011-12. The Broncos also have not lost a regular season home game on their home floor since Nov. 20, 2013, a span over seven-straight wins.
(CLICK READ MORE TO CONTINUE . . . )
All 11 players that saw the floor contributed to the offense, resulting in a balanced WMU attack. Four others joined Haymond and Wilder with at least seven points. Forwards Anthony Avery Jr. and Drake Lamont each totaled nine points in the post. Avery scored all nine of his points in the second half.
BRONCOS BANG THE BOARDS
Avery also came up big on the boards, leading the game with a career-high 12 rebounds. Drake and Taylor Perry each pulled in eight rebounds and freshman big man Seth Dugan had six.
Rebounding was one area of the game Western Michigan dominated, particularly in the second half. The Broncos outrebounded San Diego 45-26 overall and by 18 (28-10) in the second half.
TREYS KEY SAN DIEGO RALLY
Western Michigan opened the evening with a 15-7 lead, but six three-pointers helped San Diego’s offense find its footing in the first half. The Toreros closed out the half outscoring WMU 27-13 and held a 34-28 advantage at the break.
San Diego’s Duda Sandaze knocked down a three to start the second half and give the Torero’s their largest lead of nine. Western Michigan tied the game at 38-38 with 14:32 remaining and although the score would be deadlocked on two other occasions, WMU never trailed again in the game.
The score was 47-all with 9:02 remaining when a layup by freshman Bryce Moore set off a run that helped Western Michigan pull away. WMU went on to outscore San Diego 17-7 over the next five minutes. The backbreaking plays during the run were provided by a pair of Bronco freshman. Josh Davis buried a big three that pushed WMU’s lead from four to seven. The next trip down the floor Moore drove the lane and was fouled for a three-point play to give WMU a 10-point, 64-54 lead with 4:20 to go.
Western Michigan’s defense also stepped up in the second half, holding San Diego to 33.3 percent after the Toreros hit 50 percent in the first half.
Marcus Harris led San Diego (0-2 record) with 13 points, while Brandon Perry and Brett Bailey each had 12 and Sandaze tallied 10.
Western Michigan is on the road for its next contest, traveling to UNC-Wilmington for a 7 p.m. contest this Saturday, Nov. 21. The Broncos are back at home against Rochester College two days later on Monday, Nov. 23, also a 7 p.m. tipoff from University Arena.