Broncos Clip the Cardinals

In a typical game among two competitive basketball teams in the Mid-American Conference the Western Michigan University Broncos men's basketball team with stood a late game come back by the Ball State Cardinals to get back on track with a 70-66 win at University Arena. The win increased the Broncos home winning streak to 12 games and allowed the Broncos to keep pace with the Toledo Rockets who are 7-1 heading into their game with Kent State.

In front of a season high 5,064 fans the Broncos struggled to start the game allowing Ball State to take a 12-4 lead before Mike Williams started to warm up. On the defensive end Williams recorded his first of three blocked shots and went down the floor to record his first basket of the game in which he scored a total of 14 points. Williams' 3 blocks was a game high.

A little over two and a half minutes later the Broncos took their first lead of the game When Reggie Berry came off the bench and hit his first of four three-point baskets. The Broncos and Cardinals then traded leads twice more before the teams went into the locker rooms with the Broncos leading 35-32 at the half.

In the second half the Cardinals changed up their defensive approach after the Broncos had built up a 13-point lead when Williams drained back-to-back lay-ups. With the Broncos leading 50-37 Ball State called a 30-second timeout and changed up their defensive approach and began chipping away at the Broncos lead.

It was at that point when Dennis Trammell started heating up for the Cardinals. Trammell recorded 9 points in the first half but his 11-point second half performance sparked the Cardinals second half comeback attempt which ended when a Trammell lay-up gave the Cardinals a 64-62 lead with 55 seconds remaining in the game.

Following Trammell's lay-up Williams made one of his own and was sent to the free throw line on the play when Terrance Chapman fouled him as he was going up for the shot. Williams converted the three-point play to give the Broncos the lead again at 65-64.

But on this day the player to come up big for the Broncos wasn't an Anthony Kann or a Ben Reed or a Mike Williams but junior Levi Rost. Rost came in off the bench for Anthony Kann and did something he had been struggling with all season long, he converted three straight free throws to give the Broncos a 68-64 lead. Along with the Rost's free throw shooting and the crowd fully involved the Broncos were able to come up big on defense over Ball State's last few possessions.

Western Michigan shot 44.8% from the field in the first half but cooled of to shooting 32.4% in the second half and 38.1% for the game. Ball State however warmed up from shooting 38.9% in the first half to shooting 51.9% in the second half and 44.4% for the game. Trammell led all shooters with a game high 20 points. Berry had a game high 4 three-point baskets, he shot 4-5 from behind the arc. As a team the Broncos shot 32% from 3-point range while the Cardinals shot 41.2%.

Anthony Kann finished with another double-double scoring 17 points for a team high and recording 10 rebounds another team high. Brian Snider only scored 2 points on the afternoon but contributed with a game high 8 assists and he added 1 steal and 4 rebounds.

The Broncos (13-2, 6-1 MAC) continue their three game home stand on Wednesday night when they host the Ohio Bobcats at University Arena, tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm. The Cardinals (8-7, 5-2 MAC) look to get back to their winning ways when they travel to Toledo to take on the Rockets in a 7:00pm contest.

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