The Western Michigan University men’s basketball team marched over MAC West opponent Toledo by a score of 79-56 Wednesday night at home, earning its first conference win of the season.
David Brown came off the bench to hit a career-high 5-of-7 shots from three for 15 points, while big man Shayne Whittington dominated inside recording 12 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.
Julius Brown scored a team-high 16 points for Toledo on 6 of 14 shooting.
The Broncos held their opponent to 36.8 percent shooting and dominated the glass, outrebounding Toledo 44 to 26.
It was a solid showing and timely performance from a Bronco team that has been struggling late after starting the year 6-1.
“We needed to not just win, we needed to play well,” Coach Steve Hawkins said.
“We needed to score well in winning, we needed to have some guys have some success, and we got all of those things.”
Freshman Jared Klein got his first start of his young career for WMU and played well, leading his team to a quick start to build a 15 point advantage going into halftime.
Hawkins said he started Klein because he wanted to establish a more up-tempo rhythm from the start of the game.
“It had nothing to do with Austin not playing well,” Hawkins said.
“When Jared is at the point guard spot, the guys run. Jared pushes the ball more. I wanted to play fast.”
Toledo hovered within 12 points of the Broncos for much of the second half until WMU extended its lead to 19 after a pair of back-to-back threes by Brown that would put them up 60-41 with 8:56 left to play.
After Toledo made a basket following a timeout, the Broncos hit a few more shots to build a 20-point advantage they would not let up.
The WMU men will go on the road to face Northern Illinois this Saturday at 8 p.m.