The Western Michigan men’s basketball team scored the final 14 points of the game, including five points in under 30 seconds from David Brown, and defeated Northern Illinois University Saturday night inside WMU’s Read Fieldhouse, 66-58.
Northern Illinois looked like a team on a mission in the first half. They played aggressive, stifling defense and made five of their six three point shots while shooting well over 50 percent from the field. The Broncos had to work for every point they scored and trailed 32-37 at the half.
The score would remain close for most of the first part of the second half with NIU maintaining the lead until a three-point play by Shayne Whittington with 12:34 left in the game tied the score at 44 apiece.
NIU went on a 14-6 run over the next eight plus minutes and led by seven with under four minutes remaining.
The Broncos followed with a run of their own scoring the last 14 points of the game. With about two minutes to play Brown made a highly contested three-point shot and followed it up by a steal and transition layup to cut the lead to one. A three pointer by Austin Richie on the Broncos next possesion gave them the lead. WMU held NIU scoreless for the final four minutes of the game while making their free throws to seal the victory.
The Broncos will have a week to recover before taking on Pacific next Saturday at 1 p.m. at home.