Western Michigan Blows by Northwood
KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Western Michigan men's basketball outscored Northwood, 54-18 in the paint on Saturday afternoon inside University Arena en route to a convincing 88-59 victory. The win gives the Broncos their 60th non-conference home win under head coach Steve Hawkins and eighth straight victory at home overall.
It was a total team effort for the Broncos as 12 of the 13 players that found the court scored. WMU shot a season-high 54.7 percent (35-of-64) from the floor while going 12-of-14 from the free-throw line. The brown and gold connected on a season-low four three-pointers but dominated the Timberwolves in the paint, 54-18.
Senior center Drake LaMont had his best performance of the season with 14 points while shooting a staggering 78 percent (7-of-9) from the field. LaMont scored the first six points of the game for the Broncos and had 10 points at halftime. Being inserted into the starting line-up for the first time this season, the Plantation, Fla., native also corralled six rebounds and had one assist.
Fellow senior Thomas Wilder poured in a team-high 15 points along with four rebounds and four assists. Wilder has led the Broncos in scoring in every contest this season. Off the bench, sophomore Reggie Jones nearly had a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds. It's the sixth straight game in which WMU has had a least three score in double figures.
Defensively, WMU recorded a season-high seven blocks with junior Josh Davis tying a career-high with three. The Broncos outrebounded the Timberwolves, 44-28 and held Northwood to just 32.8 percent shooting from the field. Northwood guard Alec Marty led all scorers with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
It was a back and forth affair during the early stages of the first half as Northwood trailed by just two at the ten-minute mark of the first half. The Broncos responded the final seven minutes however, embarking on a 22-7 run to take a commanding 43-27 lead into halftime. During the final seven minutes of play, the Broncos went 7-of-9 from the field while forcing Northwood to commit seven turnovers.
In the second half, the Broncos extended their lead to 34 after a 17-4 run put WMU up 69-35 with five minutes remaining. Down the stretch, WMU connected on five of their last seven field goals and led wire-to-wire to improve its overall record to 3-3 and 2-0 at home.
Under head coach Steve Hawkins, WMU has a record of 60-14 in home non-conference match-ups and overall has won eight straight home games. The eight game home winning streak is the longest since 2014.
Next up for the Broncos is a trip to the state of Missouri for a showdown with Saint Louis on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest. The Billikens are 3-2 on the season with victories over Seattle, Rockhurst and Virginia Tech.