Grizzlies unable to tame Broncos

By David Cesefske

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On a night full of offense, Western Michigan’s David Brown scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Broncos to 99-88 victory over Oakland (0-7) on Tuesday night.

The Golden Grizzly offense played well throughout with four players reaching double figures, while shooting 50 percent from the field as a team.  Unfortunately, Oakland’s sharpshooting was matched by Western, who shot 57 percent for the game along with five players in double figures.

Travis Bader continued his stellar play with 25 points to lead the team while going 5-8 from long range but was plagued by foul trouble in the matchup, picking up 3 fouls in the first six minutes of the game. Bader has connected on at least one three pointer in 60 consecutive games, which leads all of college basketball.

The senior guard (Bader) is also on the cusp of making history, with Tuesdays performance Bader is just  68 three pointers away from breaking the all-time Division I record for career three point baskets. The current holder is former Duke University Blue Devils superstar JJ Reddick who finished with an all-time high 457 career threes.

Tuesday’s game began with Western scoring the first 11 points of the contest, but before things got out of hand, Oakland went on a lengthy run of their own with a 28-9 run to take a 28-20 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The Broncos regained their lead with four minutes left in the half and never looked back.

The Grizzlies return home on Saturday to host Rochester College, tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.