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January 16, 2013

Broncos coast against Toledo 79-56

In what most viewed as a 'must-win' game for the Broncos, Western Michigan took control of the game from the beginning against the MAC West division leading Toledo Rockets, and never looked back en route to a 79-56 victory.

Jared Klein started at point guard for the first time all season for Western Michigan, as head coach Steve Hawkins looked to push the pace. The Broncos did just that by jumping out to an early 11-5 lead on the visiting Rockets in the opening minutes.

The Broncos continued to extend their early lead to twelve points following two three-point shots from David Brown on back-to-back possessions. Meanwhile, Shayne Whittington took care of business on the defensive end, finishing the first half with 7 rebounds and a handful of blocks.

It wasn't just Whittington though as the Western Michigan defensive unit held the Toledo Rockets, one of the top offensive teams in the conference, to just 19 points on 8-27 (29.6%) shooting in the first half.

The Broncos continued to get solid contributions from their bench, as there was an obvious depth advantage in favor of Western Michigan. The Rockets were forced to call a 30-second timeout with 8:55 remaining after David Brown hit his fifth three-point basket of the night, giving the Broncos their biggest lead of the night at 60-41. From there, the Broncos cruised to an easy victory.

Darius Paul and David Brown led all Bronco scorers with 15 points each, and Shayne Whittington chipped in 12 points, 13 boards, and 5 blocks. Toledo's Julius Brown led all scorers with 16 points.

Western Michigan (9-7, 1-2) is back in action, on the road, against the Northern Illinois Huskies (3-12, 1-2) this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET.


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