Rockets suffer first conference loss at WMUWritten by Nate Pentecost | | firstname.lastname@example.org
After taking the lead in the Mid-American Conference West division with a 2-0 start in conference play, the University of Toledo men’s basketball team ran into a road block Jan. 16, suffering a 79-56 defeat at Western Michigan.
Junior guard David Brown knocked down a trio of early three-pointers to help the Broncos (9-7, 1-2 MAC) put UT (6-8, 2-1) in a 19-7 hole. Western Michigan took a 32-19 lead into the locker room.
The Rockets shot 8-of-27 (30 percent) to the Broncos 14-of-29 (48 percent) and were doubled up 24 to 12 on the boards in the first half.
Toledo cut the lead to 11 with a pair of quick buckets to start the second stanza, but WMU proved too much for them to handle, pulling away for their first win in MAC action. The Rockets have just one victory (2006) at University Arena since 2002.
Brown finished 5-of-7 from three-point range, racking up a game-high 15 points while WMU junior center Shayne Whittington pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
Rockets sophomore guard Julius Brown scored 12, making him the only UT player in double figures. The MAC’s leading scorer, junior guard Rian Pearson (19 ppg), was held to eight points, including just two in the second half.
Toledo finished 17-of-48 (35 percent) while the Broncos connected on 23-of-51 (45 percent) shots from the floor. WMU outrebounded the Rockets 37-to-23 on the night.
UT will look to remain atop the division when they hit the hardwood again Jan. 19 against East division leader, Ohio University (11-4, 2-0). Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.