The Broncos, who defeated NBC Thunder 109-76 on Wednesday night, open the 2002-03 regular season Friday afternoon versus Princeton at the Sooner Invitational. Tipoff it set for 5:45 p.m. ET.
Five WMU players finished with double figures in points, led by junior forward Bobby Madison's 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor. Classmate Mike Williams chipped in 14 points and junior Anthony Kann and sophomore Ben Reed each had 13 points.
GTE's Carlos Briggs opened the game with a 3-pointer, but baskets by senior Nick Evola and Williams gave WMU a lead it would never relinquish. Briggs is the head coach at Schoolcraft College in Detroit and mentored both Evola and Williams prior to their arrival in Kalamazoo.
Although the Broncos missed 10 of their first 14 shots, the team was able to move out to an early 10-3 lead thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Madison. WMU also forced eight turnovers in the opening minutes and held a 14-2 advantage in shot attempts.
Leading 20-9 with 12 minutes remaining in the opening half, Western Michigan used a 38-18 run to close the half and entered the locker room with a 58-27 advantage. Madison had 12 of his points in the opening 20 minutes and Reed chipped in 10 points in just nine minutes of action.
Western Michigan shot 53.1 percent (43-of-81) from the field as a team and 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from behind the 3-point line. All of the active players on the roster saw action and the reserves created a stir at the end of the contest by finishing several hustle plays. Sophomore Jeff Bronson benefitted the most, finishing with eight points on four dunks.
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