The Broncos, who defeated BSU 71-52 on Jan. 15, are now tied with the Cardinals for third place in the West Division at 8-8, but have the tiebreaker because of the pair of victories in head-to-head matchups. The victory also allowed WMU to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the campaign.
Senior guard Robby Collum led the Broncos with 18 points, one of four WMU players to finish with double figures in points. Junior Anthony Kann earned a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and senior Terrance Slater chipped in a season-high 15 points in 22 minutes of action.
Western Michigan shot 51.3 percent from the floor in the first half and led 49-34 at the intermission. The 49 points marked the highest first half total since WMU tallied 50 against the Cardinals at University Arena last season. Kann contributed 14 of his points in the opening frame and Slater added 10. The Broncos scored the game's first seven points and never trailed the entire afternoon.
While the team's shooting touch cooled in the second half, the Broncos were able to maintain a double-digit lead the entire second frame. With the team 8-of-14 from the line to that point, BSU's seventh team foul at the 16:40 mark put the Broncos in the bonus the rest of the way. Unfortunately, the team was dreadful from the charity stripe and finished the game 18-of-32 (56.3 percent) as a team.
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