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November 30, 2012The Broncos got two huge stops on the final two High Point possessions of the game, giving Austin Richie the opportunity to win the game on a reverse layup with just 5 seconds left, as the Broncos defeated the Panthers 54-53.
Recently named MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week Brandon Pokley led all scorers with 12 points. Meanwhile freshman Darius Paul contributed 10 points and senior Nate Hutcheson added 9 points, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. Redshirt junior center Shayne Whittington recorded 4 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.
The Broncos were a force defensively all night having a combined 5 blocks, 4 steals, and held High Point to just 38% shooting overall in the contest.
Western Michigan led throughout most of the game until about mid-way through the second half when the Panthers stormed back from a double digit deficit to take a four point lead with 10:09 remaining.
After a three point bucket from Nate Hutcheson and a thunderous dunk by Shayne Whittington, the Broncos regained some momentum, and from there both teams exchanged punches right down until the very last seconds of the game.
Four players for High Point ended up scoring in double-digits; Adam Weary (11 points), John Brown (10 points), Allan Chaney (10 points), and Lorenzo Cugini (10 points).
As speculated earlier in the week by BroncoBlitz.com, Western Michigan also added a new member of the team to the bench in last night's game, Bronco football player Paul Hazel. The 6-foot-6 220 pound linebacker has participated in team shoot-arounds and will be used on a "to be determined basis" according to the Western Michigan Athletic Department on Thursday.
The Broncos are now 5-1 overall on the season. They'll host the Oakland Grizzlies this Saturday at University Arena and then are back on the road where they'll face the 3rd ranked Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Arena on Tuesday.
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