Kent, OH (WKZO) – After the Broncos last game against Bowling Green, head coach Steve Hawkins called his team soft. His players heard the message loud and clear.
For the first time since 1996, the Broncos went into the Kent State and came away with a win, a convincing 75-59 win on Thursday night to improve their Mid-American Conference record to 3-2 after two straight losses.
MAC leading scorer David Brown scored 17 for the Broncos and Shayne Whittington contributed 18 and six rebounds for Western, who outrebounded the Golden Flashes 42-32, despite having seven less offensive boards.
The Broncos led 34-24 at halftime backed by 10 point first half points from Tucker Haymond, who finished with a career high 16. Connar Tava had just two points but hauled in 10 rebounds.
WMU turned the ball over 20 times and held their biggest lead at 23, 56-33 with 12:02 left in the game.
Austin Richie was the only other Bronco to score in double figures with 11.
Kris Brewer and Darren Goodson each had 10 for Kent State (11-6, 2-3 MAC).
Western Michigan is now a game behind Toledo for first place in the MAC West. The Broncos will take on Ball State (0-5, 3-13) at 2pm on Sunday afternoon at University Arena.