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November 1, 2012A glowing Eric Dougal took the podium after tonight's exhibition game against Western Michigan. The first year head coach at Kalamazoo College was extremely proud of the way his guys played a much bigger and stronger Western Michigan basketball squad.
Western Michigan jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead on Kalamazoo College, in front of a crowd of just shy of 2,000, and never seemed to look back in a lopsided 93-50 victory.
Freshmen Connor Tava led all scorers with an efficient 21 points (7-7 FG) in 21 minutes. Seniors Brandon Pokley and Nate Hutcheson added 15 points and 14 points respectively. Freshman Darius Paul also contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds on the night. Mark Ghafari led all Hornets with 15 points on 5-12 shooting (4-9 3-pointers).
The Broncos out-rebounded an undersized guard-heavy Kalamazoo College team 63-34, having put back 23 points off second-chance offensive rebounds and held the Hornets to just 25% on the floor.
"I think it's a great game for the community," said head coach Steve Hawkins in the post-game press conference.
"It's certainly something that we both benefit from. It's just a good community event to start off the year."
It was about as picture-perfect of a start to the season as one could ask for as all thirteen active players saw the floor, and eleven different Broncos scored points.
Shayne Whittington (ankle), Charles Harris (knee), Kellen McCormick (ankle), and David Brown (knee) all were scratched from tonight's lineup.
Whittington is considered questionable heading into Saturday's exhibition game against Roosevelt. Harris and McCormick are doubtful, and David Brown will not play.
The Broncos take on Chicago's Roosevelt University this Saturday at University Arena at 2:00 p.m. Fans can expect to see a team with a little more size, strength, and athleticism out of this bunch.
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