BUFFALO, NEW YORK (WKZO) It was a day of one-sided wins for the three Michigan teams who made it to the Big Dance.
Unfortunately for the WMU Broncos, they were on the wrong end of the scoring, losing to Syracuse 77 to 53.
It was pretty clear from the tip-off that WMU just didn’t have many solutions to crack Syracuse’s vaunted defense. Head Coach Steve Hawkins says that led to turnovers which just killed them in the first half.
Tucker Haymond will be back next year and he says he wants to build on what they have achieved, this year and return to the Tournament.
The loss ends a great season for Western, which has a young team and may have even better seasons to come.
Now WMU sports fans will place their hopes in the Bronco hockey team. They open play in the Frozen Face-off Friday night, with a chance of winning the NCHC’s first conference title.
MAROON GIANT STILL IN THE TOURNEY
At least one basketball player from Kalamazoo survived their first game at the NCAA Tourney. March Madness will continue for Kalamazoo Central Grad Devon Oliver, a starter on the Dayton Flyers team that upset the Ohio State Buckeyes in one of the most exciting games of the day 60 to 59. Dayton’s next adversary is Syracuse. .
MICHIGAN STATE SHOWS WHY THEY ARE FAVORITES
Spartan Adreian Payne proved he is back, pouring in a career high 41 points, setting a new tournament record for a Michigan State player, in their 93 to 78 victory over the Delaware Blue Hens. He went 17 for 17 at the line, setting another tournament record for consecutive foul shots.
Next for Michigan State is Tommy Amaker’s Harvard Crimson. The Ivy League team upset Cincinnati to make it to the round of 36.
The Wolverines curbed the Wofford Terriers, building an early lead and holding off a late charge and cruising to a 57 to 40 victory.
Saturday, the Wolverines will take on Texas who beat Arizona State with a buzzer beater.