It was the second game of the Gilden Classic for WMU, and Western stayed close for the full 40 minutes, with five ties and two lead changes. The Broncos took an early 6-3 lead in the first half, but the Miners followed that with a 12-2 run to take a lead they would not relinquish.
WMU tied the game at 12:58 of the second stanza and came within two at the 6:23 using a 10-0 run.
Four players scored . . .
For the Miners, Dominic Artis finished an assist shy of a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Matt Willms scored a game-high 22 points.
The Miners were hot all game long, finishing with a 58.7-percent field goal percentage. They shot 66.7-percent in the second half and went 8-for-19 from 3-point range. WMU was out-rebounded, 37-29 but committed eight less turnovers than UTEP.
Western Michigan (1-3) will face the loser of Mississippi State/Boise State on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN3 in the seventh place game to finish out the tournament.