Western Michigan had to battle back from a 46-41 halftime deficit and outscored Drake 50-29 in the second half. The Bulldogs almost couldn’t miss from behind the arc in the first half, burying nine consecutive 3’s before finally missing on their 10th long range attempt. With its 9-for-10 performance from behind the arc, Drake shot 70.8 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
For the game, Western Michigan outscored Drake 24-6 off of turnovers and 40-18 in the paint.
WMU placed five players in double figures, led by sophomore Tucker Haymond’s career-high 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Junior Connar Tava finished with 20 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Defensively, Tava was matched up down low against Drake’s 7-foot center Jacob Enevold, helping to hold Enevold to eight points.
Also reaching double digits for Western Michigan was David Brown with 14 points, as well as Austin Richie and Kellen McCormick, each with 11.
Western Michigan’s 3-0 start is the best for the program since the Broncos opened the 1997-98 season with four straight wins.
After playing two of its first three games as home, Western Michigan heads out for a seven-game road trip, beginning in Southern California at the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy Tournament, taking on San Diego, Long Beach State and others in the four-game tournament, Nov. 24-30. The three bracketed games of the tournament, starting with Long Beach, will be available on ESPN2, ESPNU, or online on ESPN3.
The Broncos’ next home game is exactly a month away when the team hosts Alabama A&M on Dec. 22.