Western got back on the right track Friday night, as the men's basketball team handed a defeat to the San Jose State Spartans, 79-60. This was the second game for the Broncos in the DirectTV Wooden Legacy tournament and followed a loss to Long Beach State by a score of 73-55.
Forward Tucker Haymond led the Broncos in scoring with 20 points. Haymond also added three offensive and five defensive rebounds. Connar Tava was second in scoring for the Broncos, adding 16 points over 28 minutes of playing time.
San Jose State's leading scorer came from the bench - forward Frank Rogers had 17 for the Spartans. Three other Spartans had seven points and also came off the bench: forward Ryan Singer, guard Jordan Baker, and guard Rashad Muhammad.
Forward Jaleel Williams, who scored five points, was the only San Jose State starter to score at all. The Spartans certainly could have used more production for their starting five to stay in this one.
The Broncos never trailed in this game, jumping out to a 15-5 lead about half way through the first half. David Brown made a late first half shot that gave Western a 36-21 edge going into halftime.
By the ten minute mark in the second half, WMU was up 53-36 and had the game firmly in control.
After the poor shooting performance against Long Beach State (Western shot only 30.5%), it was fantastic to see the Broncos light-up the scoreboard like this. The team shot 55.1% on the evening and was 10 for 14 from beyond the arc.
Western's Austin Richie missed only one shot over his 34 minutes, going 4 for 5 on his way to a 10 point performance. Haymond also shot an astounding 7 of 10 and was 3 for 4 from three-point land.
With this game, San Jose State drops to 1-5 and the Broncos are now 4-2. WMU will now face the University of San Diego on Sunday, in an early-season rematch of a game played this past Monday.