The Western Michigan University men’s basketball team overcame a slow start and defeated visiting North Dakota State, 72-71, in overtime Wednesday night at University Arena in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.
Connor Tava made the game-winning free throws with 13 seconds to play in the extra period.
Four Broncos scored in double digits. Shayne Whittington had 18 points and Tava recorded 10 points and six rebounds. Brandon Pokley scored 15 and David Brown added 12 off the bench.
TrayVonn Wright was a force for the Bison, scoring a game-high 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Lawrence Alexander scored 19 points in 44 minutes of action.
The Broncos shot over 48 percent from the field in the second half after shooting only 32 percent in the first. They converted 14 Bison turnovers into 25 points and got to the line 26 times to make 20 free throws.
With the win, the Broncos advance to play Wyoming on Monday.