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Western Michigan shows fight but UNC Wilmington proves to be too much.

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UNC Wilmington defeats Western Michigan 97-92 behind a strong first half.

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UNC Wilmington defeated their second MAC team in as many games by beating Western Michigan on Wednesday night. The Broncos had used a 12-3 run to get off to a fast start mainly by way of Tucker Haymond and Brandon Johnson. UNC Wilmington then went on a run of their own knotting the game up at 22 with 7:51 left in the first half. Once the game was tied it all began to change as the Seahawks went on a 29-11 run to close the half.

In the second half you would have expected the Broncos to be blown out after being down double digits at half. It stayed that way for a majority of the second half but the Broncos outscored the Seahawks 60-46 in the second half. Most of the difference was made up late in second half but it’s nice to see a young team continue to grind out possessions. The two upperclassmen led the way for the Broncos as Thomas Wilder and Haymond combined for 46 points and 7 assists for the night. An under the radar performance was Reggie Jones, a true freshman who broke out with 16 points on 50% shooting.

As mentioned above this will be a great game for the Broncos to keep in mind and how hard they played in the second half. Western Michigan’s youth will continue to have it’s ups and downs but the more they play together as unit the more they will be prepared for upcoming games.

The Broncos head to Cleveland State on 12/7 in their next match-up.