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Western Michigan Broncos vs. James Madison Dukes men's basketball recap: Western Michigan loses 63-57

James Madison wins a tight battle with Western Michigan 63-57.

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The Western Michigan Broncos had a two-point lead at the half, but James Madison won the second half for the Broncos to lose 63-57. While the Broncos haven't been getting blown out in their losses this year (worst loss by eight points), they've all been winnable and this was no exception; it just seems like they haven't been able to finish their games.

Western Michigan (3-5) was looking for a signature road win against a team that many would love to see join the MAC. Both teams shoot poorly, making nearly 35 percent of the shots combined, both also with eight 3-pointers made, but James Madison was able to outscore the Broncos 36-28 in the second half.

The difference in this game was that James Madison was able to benefit off the fouls with more free throws. The Dukes got to the line 22 times making 15 while the Broncos only had nine shot attempts. Ron Curry paced the Dukes with 21 points, also grabbing seven rebounds.

Thomas Wilder turned in a great game for the Broncos contributing 18 points and six assists before being fouled out.

Fouls are something to watch for Western going forward, as two starters fouled out in this game. Western is now 3-5 overall this season with no wins on the road. They've got three home games coming up against Northeastern, Marygrove (non-Division I), and IPFW before their next pig road contest against Vanderbilt.