Kalamazoo, MI (WKZO) – Sophomore Connar Tava recorded his first career double-double, as the Western Michigan men’s basketball team held off Cornell 83-70 on Friday night at University Arena.
Tava tied his career high in points with 16 and hauled in a career high 13 boards for the Broncos (5-2), whose last 13 points all came from the free throw line.
Cornell (0-8) kept the game close in the first half, never trailing by more than seven points and trimmed the halftime lead all the way down to 34-32. The Big Red briefly led early in the second half and kept the game within single digits until the final five minutes of the game when the Broncos finally pulled away and sealed the victory.
Shayne Whittington had a double-double as well for the Broncos, as he finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds while also blocking four shots and recording two steals. Broncos leading scoring David Brown, tied Tava for the team high with 16 on 4 of 9 shooting, but also made 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Austin Richie also chipped in with 15 and was 11 of 13 from the line.
Nolan Cressler and Robert Hatter were the top scorers for Cornell with 27 and 22, respectively.
The Broncos are off for the next eight days before returning to the court on Saturday December 7th at Northwestern.