WMU Grinds Out 67-62 Victory at Miami

By Published: 1/6/2018 10:17:21 PM Custom Tag

Courtesy: Western Michigan Athletics

OXFORD, Ohio – Trailing by six with five minutes remaining the Western Michigan men's basketball team embarked on a 14-0 run with eight points coming from junior guard
Bryce Moore to grind out a 67-62 victory over Miami inside Millett Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Its WMU's fourth straight win and improves their overall record to 10-5 and 2-0 in Mid-American Conference play. The Broncos are now 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2013 and are 4-1 on the road this season. WMU continues its road swing on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at MAC West foe, Toledo. With the win, head coach Steve Hawkins earned his 400th career victory.

WMU had four score in double figures with junior guard Bryce Moore leading the way with 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and from beyond the three-point line.
During the second half 14-0 run for WMU, Moore collected eight of his team-high 16 points, highlighted by back-to-back corner three's to give WMU the lead.

Reigning MAC West Player of the Week Josh Davis continued his stellar play, recording WMU's first double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Over the past three contests, Davis has scored 63 points while corralling 26 rebounds.

Off the bench, sophomore Reggie Jones nearly had a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds along with five assists. In the second half, Jones shot 60 percent from the field and scored nine points.

Senior guard Thomas Wilder notched another double digit performance with 13 points along with three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Wilder grabbed nearly half of his points from the free-throw line going 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.

The Bronco defense pressured the RedHawks into 13 turnovers, scoring 16 points off those turnovers. Miami outrebounded WMU, 39-38 and outshot the Broncos, 39.7 percent to 39.3 percent. Miami's Darrian Ringo led the team with 14 points along with securing a game-high 11 assists.

Western Michigan never led in the first half as Miami took a 33-27 lead into halftime. Miami led by as many as eight at the 12-minute mark of the first half after going on a 5-0 run.

Wilder sparked the WMU offense late in the first half, scoring six straight points to close the RedHawk lead to one with three minutes left in the half. WMU went scoreless the final two minutes of the first half to give Miami a 33-27 lead.

The RedHawks stormed out of the gate to begin the second half, scoring six straight points to give Miami their largest lead of the game at 12. Midway through the second half, WMU cut the lead to six but a 9-2 run by the RedHawks once again extended their lead to double digits.

Trailing with five minutes left the Bronco offense came to life as Moore scored eight straight points and back-to-back triples to cut the Miami lead to one. After a media timeout, WMU grabbed their lead of the game after Moore made two of three free-throws.

In the final 45 seconds of the game, Miami scored five straight points to cut the Bronco lead to three and received the ball with 30 seconds left after a WMU turnover. However, on the next possession the Broncos forced Miami's 13th turnover of the night resulting in a fast break slam dunk by sophomore Brandon Johnson to secure the road victory.

Published: 1/6/2018 10:17:21 PM Custom Tag