Friday, November 29, 2013

Western Michigan Athletics Game Notes for Cornell


Cornell Big Red (0-7, 0-0 Ivy League) at Western Michigan Broncos (4-2, 0-0 MAC)
Friday, Nov. 30 // 7 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // University Arena


Radio • Bronco Radio Network
Announcers • Robin Hook
Stations • WZOX — 96.5 FM: (Flagship) Kalamazoo, Portage, Mattawan; WMAX — 96.1 FM: Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon; WVIC — 94.1 FM: Lansing, Jackson, Battle Creek
Broadcast • Pre-game show begins at 6:30 p.m.


This will be the second all-time meeting between the Broncos and the Big Red, with Cornell owning a 1-0 advantage in the series
This will be the first time Cornell has ever played in University Arena
The Big Red defeated the Broncos 63-55 in Ithaca, N.Y. on Nov. 10, 2012, the only previous meeting between the two teams
David Brown leads the MAC in scoring with an average of 22.5 points per game, and has scored 20+ points in four of six games this year
Brown recorded a career-high 31 points in the Broncos’ win against Oakland on Tuesday
As of Nov. 27, Brown is one of just two players in the MAC averaging better than 20 ppg
Brown’s 31 points against Oakland is one of just three 30-point efforts from a MAC player this year
The Broncos’ 99-88 win over Oakland represented their highest scoring output against a Division I opponent since Dec. 21, 2010, when they lost 102-99 to Troy in overtime
The last time the Broncos scored as many points in a game finished in regulation was on Dec. 22, 1999, when they scored 101 against Marist
Connar Tava scored a career-high 20 points against Oakland, going a perfect 8-of-8 from the field
Tucker Haymond recorded his first career double-digit scoring performance, notching 13 points against Oakland
This game wraps a four-game homestand for the Broncos; WMU is 2-1 so far at home

The Broncos close out a four-game homestand when they welcome the Cornell Big Red to University Arena on Friday, Nov. 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Broncos will enjoy a long layoff after the game against Cornell, not playing again for over a week.

This will be just the second all-time meeting between the Broncos and the Big Red, with Cornell owning the 1-0 advantage in the rivalry. The teams met last season in what was the season opener for both squads, with Cornell taking a 63-55 decision in Newman Arena. Shayne Whittington posted 15 points and 13 rebounds against the Big Red last season for the first of his 12 double-doubles on the year. Meanwhile, Jared Klein also broke into double figures, scoring 12 points in 29 minutes off the bench. Cornell’s Nolan Kressler, who returns this season, scored 20 points

David Brown has been off to a hot start for the Broncos, with the senior guard scoring at a faster clip than he ever has before. Brown set a new career-high in scoring for the Broncos in the win against New Mexico State with 25 points, and followed that up with a 27-point performance against North Dakota State last week. Brown topped himself for the third time this season, though, scoring a career-high 31 points in the Broncos’ 99-88 win over Oakland earlier this week.

Shayne Whittington returned to action for the Broncos in the third game of the year, and through four games has bolstered both the Broncos’ offensive attack as well as their defense. Whittington is averaging a double-double of 17.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game since coming back against Tennessee State, and came just one rebound shy of notching his third straight double-double in the loss to North Dakota State.

More importantly, Whittington has helped to shore up the Broncos’ rebounding ability as a team; after being out-rebounded in both of the first two games of the year, the Broncos have not been out-rebounded by a team since. The high water mark came against Oakland on Tuesday, with the Broncos out-rebounding the Golden Grizzlies 38-22.

The Bronco starting backcourt of Austin Richie and David Brown has been logging some serious mileage since the beginning of the season, as the pair both rank in the top-10 in the MAC in minutes played this year. Richie ranks second in the MAC with an average of 33.2 minutes player per game, while Brown is third with an average of 32.3 minutes per game. Only Bowling Green has multiple players in the top 10 on the list, with three.

Freshman Tucker Haymond has slowly but surely started to reach his comfort zone on the basketball court, and the rookie wing for the Broncos showed some of that promise coming to fruition in the Broncos’ win over Oakland on Tuesday. Haymond recorded his first career double-digit scoring day, posting 13 points against the Golden Grizzlies, and also pulled down five rebounds, the best total for any perimeter player on the team.

Since moving into the starting power forward spot, sophomore Connar Tava has transformed himself from a high-effort reserve from the bench into an effective post scorer. Tava is averaging 14.2 points per game this season, and set a career-high with 20 points in the Broncos’ win over Oakland on Tuesday.

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