Kalamazoo, MI (WKZO) – David Brown scored 17 points and Western Michigan rallied back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat the Akron Zips 57-54 on Wednesday night in Mid-American Conference action at University Arena.
Western Michigan (15-8, 8-3 MAC) trailed by eight at halftime and took the lead for the first time in the second half at 54-52, with 1:16 left on a layup by David Brown. After the Zips tied the game on a pair of free throws from Quincy Diggs, Brown sunk two free throws and contributed in forcing the Zips into two poor final attempts at taking the lead to help secure the Broncos’ fourth straight win.
Shayne Whittington scored 15 and hauled in a team high seven rebounds for the Broncos and Connar Tava and Tucker Haymond added 12 apiece. Not one Bronco bench player scored, as Kellen McCormick was the only non-starter to attempted a field goal, a failed three-point shot.
Demetrius Treadwell scored 16 points and pulled in 12 rebounds to lead Akron. Diggs had nine points.
The Broncos are now in a four-way tie for the second seed for the MAC Tournament along with Akron, Buffalo and Ohio but still trail Toledo by a game for the MAC West lead.
GAME NOTES: David Brown changed jerseys from his usual #5 to #24 after getting blood on his jersey. Brown scored 13 of his 17 wearing #24. This was also the 28th consecutive game Brown has scored in double figures…WMU held the Zips to just 33.3% shooting (18-54). The Broncos were 19-46 from the field…Austin Richie was 0-5 and 0-4 from downtown and scored just one point…The Broncos return to action on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 against Miami (OH). WMU beat the RedHawks 78-77 in overtime in their first matchup on January 11th.