The victory caps off a perfect week in Mid-American Conference play for the Eagles, taking two contests to improve to 14-7 (3-5 MAC) on the season.
The Eagles knocked down 21-of-25 free throws for an impressive 84 percent clip against WMU. Talley, meanwhile, finished his career best scoring day with 24 points and a career-best four three-pointers. He connected on 6-of-12 from the floor and 8-of-9 at the foul line.
Two other Eagles notched double-digit pointsm with Raven Lee recording 15, (including a perfect 7-of-7 from the stripe) and Brandon Nazione adding a career-high 11 to the Green and White scoring effort.
Eastern forced the Broncos into 12 turnovers and blocked four WMU shots. As a team, the Green and White shot 41.7 percent, improving the percentage by going 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) in the second half.
Western Michigan (13-8, 4-4 MAC) was paced by four Broncos in double figures as Tucker Haymond and David Brown tallied 14 points apiece. Connar Tava contributed with a double-double to the tune of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Drake Lamont scored 11. WMU went 19-of-44 from the field and also found success at the line by going 19-of-25.
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Both defenses tightened up as the two rivals went scoreless for nearly five minutes until Tim Bond drove the baseline for an easy deuce. The freshman guard added another swift move in the paint to make it a 20-13 contest in favor of the Green and White.
Once again, the 7-0 run was answered by an identical stretch for the Broncos. A three by Brown tied the game at 20, but it did not last long as Jerome Hunter converted a pair of free throws to push Eastern ahead. Four-straight points for the Broncos gave them their first lead since the opening bucket, but a Nazione dunk on the Eagles' next possession left the score at a standoff.
Continuing the trend, a Talley step-back three was answered by a Brown corner trey. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, each team knocked down two free throws to send the game to halftime, 31-31.
Talley reached double figures in the first 20 minutes of play with 11 points, while Nazione's nine first half points tied his career high in a complete game. As a team, the Green and White shot just 32 percent (8-of-25) from the field, sinking just 3-of-10 from long range. Keeping them in the tussle, the Eagles knocked down 12-of-13 from the line in the opening half.
Western shot 10-of-23 for a 43.5 percent clip, but also struggled from beyond the arc, going 3-for-11. Six different Broncos scored during the first half, led by eight from Brown. In the battle of the boards, rebounds stood at 17-17.
Leads continued to change hands to start the second half. With Eastern trailing by three, 43-40, Talley drilled a corner three-bomb while being fouled in the process. Coming out of the media timeout, the senior guard made his free throw for the rare four-point play, turning the game back in favor of EMU. On the very next possession and with a hand in his face, the Detroit, Mich. native drilled another triple, this time from the top of the key. He followed a WMU free throw with a bucket down low for his own 9-1 run against the Broncos, giving Eastern the 49-44 cushion with 9:54 left to play.
A rejection on the defensive side of the floor, accompanied with an old-fashioned three-point play -- all courtesy of Bond -- gave the Eagles a 61-52 lead. The margin later increased to double digits after a three from the wing by Lee. Following a WMU bucket and the shot clock winding down, Talley created space on the way to the hole for a driving layup that kept the difference in double figures while also giving him a new career-high scoring total. Western continued to fight, slicing the lead in half with 1:30 remaining, 66-61. The Eagles held onto the lead down the stretch to beat the rival Broncos by a 69-63 final.
EMU makes the short venture south to face the University of Toledo Rockets Wednesday. Tipoff from Savage Arena is set for 7 p.m. Western Michigan hosts Kent State Wednesday (7 p.m. ET).