By: Bryan E. Paas
Western’s hot streak continues as they defeat Oakland on the road winning their 4th straight game.
The Broncos got out in front early with a Nate Hutcheson three-pointer in the corner on their ensuing possession and never looked back in their 91-76 win over Oakland. The Broncos would never trail in the game and would control the tempo for most of the game in front of a packed O’Rena crowd.
Austin Richie would lead the Broncos in scoring with 22 points. It would be Richie’s second start of the season and his career high for points in a game.
Richie would not be the only star for Western to shine against the highly favored Grizzlies though; Mike Douglas, Matt Stainbrook, Nate Hutcheson, and Demetrius Ward would all end the night with double digits in the scoring column.
The win would be the Broncos biggest on the season thus far and their first on the road. The win extends their win streak that started on December 11 against Southern Illinois. The Broncos also had their highest scoring game of the season along with their best shooting game thus far. The Broncos went 30-54 (.556) but probably the most impressive stat of the night was the 10 three-pointers that the Broncos were able to knock down.
The win was more than just the Broncos 4th straight, it was also coach Steve Hawkins’ 150th win as the head coach of the Broncos.
The win could not have come at a better time with the Broncos set to face Duke at Cameron Indoor on December 30. The Broncos are riding a wave of momentum as they prepare to play in arguably the most hostile environment that they have ever had the privilege to play in.
Following the Duke game, the Broncos will face off against a very good Milwaukee team at University arena on January 3. Milwaukee is currently 9-4 and one of the favorites to win this year’s Horizon League Championship.
This game will be a good measuring stick to see just where the Broncos are at coming off their game with Duke. This will also be the Broncos last non-conference game before they open up the MAC conference season at Ball State.