Broncos Fall in 2 OT

The Western Michigan University men's basketball team couldn't take advantage of several opportunities down the stretch at Ohio and as a result dropped a 79-72 double overtime decision to the Bobcats.

The Broncos were led by junior Anthony Kann and senior Robby Collum, who both chipped in 25 points. Kann collected a game-best 14 boards for the double-double and also had four steals. Collum became the program's 30th player to score 1,000 career points and also broke Booker James' career steals record of 185.

Unfortunately for WMU, Kann and Collum didn't get much help. Western Michigan shot just 35.8 percent from the floor as a team and 60.7 percent from the charity stripe. Despite these struggles, the Broncos led by two points in the closing moments of regulation.

OU's Jeff Halbert took the inbounds pass with five seconds left and let a free-throw line jumper fly with WMU's Bobby Madison in his face. The shot bounced off the rim, but Thomas Stephens didn't get blocked out and laid in the rebound as time expired. Stephens had begun the play near midcourt as the inbounder and ran untouched to the left block where he was able to force overtime at 60-60. The Broncos could have been up three points at that point, but Kann missed the second of two free throws. WMU was just 3-of-6 from the line in the second half.

Western Michigan led 67-63 in the first overtime session, but Stephens closed the gap with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. WMU's Ben Reed was fouled on an offensive rebound, but could only make 1-of-2 charity tosses with 48 seconds remaining. With the ball loose on the floor at the other end, Ohio's Zach Kiekow was able to shovel a pass to Halbert on the right wing. With his right foot barely on the 3-point line, Halbert drained his jumper and the score was knotted at 68-68.

WMU had the final possession in the first OT. Kann received the ball on the left block, faught his way through three defenders, but couldn't get his short jumper to fall and five more minutes of action were needed.

Tied at 70-70, OU's Brandon Hunter made four-straight free throws and Western Michigan would get no closer than three points the rest of the way. The Broncos shot just 2-of-11 from the field in the two extra sessions and 7-of-13 from the free throw line.

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