Wilder Records Double-Double; Men’s Basketball Falls to Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio —
Senior guard Thomas Wilder notched his first double-double of the season with 28 points and 10 rebounds as Western Michigan men’s basketball fell to Toledo, 84-61, snapping the Broncos four-game win streak on Tuesday night inside Savage Arena.
Wilder scored 28 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field while also going a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. The Montgomery, Ill., native filled the stat sheet with six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Wilder’s 28 points moves the senior guard into fourth on WMU’s all-time scoring list with 1,730 points, passing Bronco legend Joe Reitz. To begin the game, Wilder scored the first 14 points for the Broncos. It’s the second straight double-double recorded for WMU with junior guard Josh Davis registering 10 points and 11 rebounds at Miami.
Junior guard Bryce Moore had his third straight double digit scoring performance with 16 points, 10 of which game in the second half. Moore ended the night going 5-of-9 from the field and tied a career-high with four three-pointers.
The loss snapped WMU’s four-game win streak as the Broncos sit with an overall record of 10-6 and 2-1 in Mid-American Conference play. The defeat hands WMU its first MAC regular season loss since February 3, 2017.
After a two-game road trip, the Broncos return home to square off with Ball State on Saturday, Jan.13 at 4:30 p.m.
As a team, WMU shot just 32.9 percent from the floor compared to Toledo’s, 57.4 percent. The Rockets outrebounded the Broncos, 38-34 and held a 32-18 edge in defensive rebounds. From long distance, Toledo shot 56.5 percent compared to WMU’s, 25 percent.
It was all Toledo in the first half as the Rockets shot a staggering 72.7 percent from the field en route to a 36-28 halftime lead. UT led by as many as 18 in the first thanks in large part to a 15-2 run midway through.
WMU cut the lead to single digits with four minutes left in the first half as Wilder provided the offensive spark, recording 16 of WMU’s 20 total points. Back to back threes by Moore got the Broncos to within striking distance at the half as the brown and gold made five of their last six baskets to end the first.
In the second half, WMU got to within six thanks to forcing Toledo to commit four turnovers in a two-minute span, scoring four fast break points. However, the Rockets responded with back-to-back threes from the right wing to extend their lead back to double digits.
Midway through the second half, Toledo connected on nine straight field goals as WMU was unable to combat the hot shooting, making just three field goals during the stretch.
During the final two minutes, the Broncos were unable to force a comeback despite the efforts of a full court press as Toledo embarked on an 11-4 run to secure the victory.