After getting off to a 6-1 start to open the season the Western Michigan University men’s basketball team (6-3) has now dropped two games in a row.
The most recent of these came Saturday night on the road in Normal Ill. as they lost to the Illinois State University Redbirds (6-3) 63-85.
The Broncos got off to a strong start, going on a 10-2 run to open the game. The Redbirds would come back, however, and the two teams played close basketball for much of the first half with several ties and lead changes.
Illinois State ended the first half strong and took a 42-35 lead into halftime.
In the second half the Redbirds continued where they left off and would eventually pull away from the Broncos. They were lead by senior forward Jackie Carmichael and his 24 points, seven rebounds and six blocks.
In his post-game press confrence WMU Head Coach Steve Hawkins said that his team was tired and it showed on the floor.
“We’ve got to develop our bench better so we can get those kids more of a break,” said Hawkins.
The top performer for the Broncos was Nate Hutcheson. Hutcheson had 15 points and 10 rebounds in his 37 minutes of play.
The Broncos were badly outshot in the contest as they made only 19 of their 56 shots while Illinois State was 31-61 shooting.
Western Michigan fell earlier in the week to the University of Michigan Wolverines, 41-73.
The Broncos will be off for the next week as it is finals time at Western Michigan. Their next game will be Dec. 16 when they take on High Point in High Point, N.C.