Western Michigan basketball started their 2018-19 campaign at home defeating Detroit Mercy 89-76.
Senior center Seth Dugan had a career night, and a near record setting performance on the boards, coming down with 22 rebounds to go along with 32 points and 6 assists.
Dugan's rebounding total tied for the fifth most in a game in WMU basketball history, and was the first Bronco to post 20 boards in a game since Ben Handlogten did it back in 1994.
Dugan was essential to the Broncos splitting Detroit Mercy's zone defense as they missed an array of open shots Tuesday night. All in all, the Broncos faired well from the floor against the zone shooting 47%.
"Detroit played a zone the entire game during one of their exhibition games so really drilled it in during practice this week," Dugan said. "For us, against that zone its all about finding the open spots ... so they really took away the shooters and left me open."
The Broncos dominated the Titans in the first half. Junior guard Jared Printy had two big threes that gave the Broncos momentum before big runs and Dugan had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the first half alone. Within the first six minutes WMU went on a 17-3 run pushing the lead to 19-10.
The Broncos took advantage of a poor first half shooting performance from Detroit Mercy, as the Titans shot 7-35 through the first 20 minutes. The Broncos gained a commanding 45-28 lead through one half.
Thanks to Detroit Mercy's true freshman guard Antoine Davis huge debut in which he put up 32 points on 12-26 shooting, the Titans were able to keep it close in the second half.
Detroit Mercy cut the Broncos lead down to just 10 with 9:32 to play after Davis hit a three, making it just a 65-55 WMU lead.
Thanks to an 11-3 run highlighted by a Josh Davis put-back jam around the five minute mark, the Broncos stretched their lead and held on win their eight consecutive home opener.
The next matchup for WMU comes at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Ole Miss. You can watch the game on ESPN's SEC Network or listen on the Bronco Radio Network