The Broncos are now 2-2 on the six game trek with two games remaining in Nice, France. The travel party returns Saturday night.
Senior point guard Robby Collum paced the team with 35 points. He shot 12-of-19 from the floor, which included a 5-of-7 effort from behind the 3-point line. Junior forward Anthony Kann collected 11 points in the first quarter and finished with a double-double (17 points, 13 rebounds) on the night.
"I couldn't be prouder of the way our guys fought back," head coach Robert McCullum said. "This is one of those performances a team can build on, which was one of the main reasons for the trip."
The Bronco offensive attack was working on all cylinders in the first quarter. WMU knocked down each of its first six shots and finished 11-of-16 in the first 10 minutes to own a 29-22 lead after the first intermission.
Although Friburg chipped into the lead, the Broncos didn't fall behind until midway through the third quarter at 55-52. The Broncos allowed 34 points during that frame and as a result fell behind by nearly 20 points.
Western Michigan responded by allowing just 13 points in the final 10 minutes to pull out the win. Collum took care of most of the offense, but Reggie Berry and Terrance Slater had some key buckets down the stretch.
"We played with poise down the stretch and were able to dig deep and call on something inside," McCullum said. "These types of experiences are extremely valuable."
The Broncos finished the contest 33-of-58 from the field, 8-of-16 from behind the 3-point line and 17-of-21 from the charity stripe.
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