The defending MAC Champions are set to begin their title defense, with their final tune-up before the start of the regular season ending in a blow-out. On Sunday, the Western Michigan Broncos destroyed cross-the-street rivals Kalamazoo College by a score of 81-32, holding the Hornets to just 10 points in the 2nd half.
David Brown and Jared Klein led all scorers with 12 points apiece, while Austin Richie and Tucker Haymond added 11 and 10 respectively (Haymond's all coming in the 1st half). Freshman Drake LaMont got the start as the heir apparent for Shayne Whittington, who scored his first points with the Indiana Pacers the previous night.
The Broncos used a solid defensive effort in the second half to pull away from the Hornets after leading 42-22 at the half. Kalamazoo only scored 10 points, with no score coming until nine minutes into the half and no field goals made after the 10:22 mark. The Hornets only shot 25% from the floor, including an inept 14.3% in the 2nd half.
LaMont looked OK for the Broncos, but did seem to struggle with foul problems and looked a bit sluggish compared to the former senior Whittington. However, the freshman did finish with 4 points and 6 rebounds, despite picking up 3 fouls. Brown, now a six-year senior, shot 3-for-7 from the floor, and finished with 3 steals and the lone block on the day as well.
The Broncos now wait a week before opening their season against Aquinas College at home.