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  • Broncos defensive coordinator Dave Cohen leaving for Rutgers

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – After 2 seasons as the Broncos defensive coordinator, Dave Cohen announced on Tuesday night that he will be leaving WMU to become the linebacker coach at Rutgers. Cohen was also the linebackers coach for the Broncos.

    “Moving forward, I’m extremely excited,” said Cohen. “I’m kind of torn about leaving Western. At the end of the day, it gives my wife and children a chance to see grandparents and family on a weekly basis. Kalamazoo is great, but family is family.”

    Cohen was born in Huntington, New York about 90 minutes away from the Rutgers campus.

    Cohen arrived at WMU after 4 seasons as the head coach at Hofstra where he compiled a record of 18-27. At the end of 2009 season, Hofstra dropped its football program due to economic and popularity considerations.  Before his tenure at Hofstra, Cohen spent 4 years at Delaware as the defensive coordinator under new Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood.   

    Under Cohen the Broncos ranked 12th out of 13 teams in the MAC in total defense in 2011 and 9th in 2010. However, under Cohen the Broncos were able to produce 5 defensive all-conference honorees and 2011 MAC Defensive Player of the Year Drew Nowak.  

    Last season Cohen made $132,500. He will make double that at Rutgers.

  • GAME NOTES: WMU Basketball Vs. Akron

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – Tonight at University Arena the Western Michigan men’s basketball team looks to bounce back after dropping their last 2 games as they face off against MAC East leader Akron. After losing a tightly contested game against Kent State on Saturday, the Broncos have now lost 2 games in a row for the first time since starting the season 0-6. Akron enters tonight’s matchup with a record of 16-7 and 8-1 in the MAC. The Zips are currently on a 5 game winning streak, after defeating EMU last Saturday 77-47. Before the two teams tip-off tonight at 7pm, here are a few notes of interest.

    * This will be the 38th meeting between the two teams, with Akron owning a 21-17 advantage in the all-time series. However, the Broncos are 11-5 all-time against Akron in University Arena.

    *WMU is 9-1 at home this season, with their only loss coming last week against Bowling Green.

    *The Broncos are currently tied with Ball State for 2nd in the MAC West with a conference record of 4-5.

    *The Zips defeated Western Michigan in the 2011 MAC Tournament semifinals en route to winning the tournament championship.

    *Broncos sophomore forward Shayne Whittington is averaging 10.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in his last four starts.

    *Since returning to the starting line-up after missing six games for injury, Flenard Whitfield is averaging 11.2 points per game.

    *Mike Douglas is only 6 assists away from becoming the Broncos all-time leader in assists.  Billy Stanback currently leads with 427.

    *Akron leads the MAC in points per game, averaging 73.5 points per game.

    *Akron also leads the MAC in 3 point field goal percentage.

    *Zeke Marshall leads the MAC in blocked shots, averaging 3.2 per game. Marshall has 23 blocks during the Zips 5 game winning streak.

  • VIDEO: WMU head coach Bill Cubit discussing national signing day

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – Today Western Michigan football announced the signing of 27 new student-athletes to the university. Out of the 27 new football players, 7 have already been enrolled at WMU.

    The Broncos biggest area of need heading into the off-season was wide receiver. 6 new wide receivers were signed helping to offset the loss of 3 seniors, including All-American Jordan White.WMU also added 2 quarterbacks, 3 offensive linemen, 5 defensive linemen, 2 linebackers, 5 secondary members and a punter.

    Out of the 27 new recruits, 12 are from the state of Florida, 4 from California, and only 2 from the state of Michigan.

    After today’s press conference announcing the signings, WMU head coach Bill Cubit spoke up wkzo.com about the new recruiting class.  

  • Game Notes: WMU Basketball Vs. Bowling Green

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – Tonight at University Arena the Western Michigan Men’s Basketball Team will host the Bowling Green Falcons. WMU is coming off a 73-64 win over Miami (OH) last Saturday, improving their record to 10-11 and 4-3 in MAC play. The Broncos are currently tied with Ball State for 2nd place in the MAC West, 1 game behind EMU for the overall lead. Bowling Green is 9-11 and currently rank 5th in the MAC east with a 3-4 conference record. WMU is a 3 point favorite over the Falcons. Here are a few notes of interest before tonight’s game.

    *This will be the 112th meeting between these two teams, with the Falcons holding a 66-45 advantage in the all-time series. However, the Broncos are 11-1 against the Falcons under head coach Steve Hawkins and 6-0 against the Falcons at home.

    *The Broncos are a perfect 9-0 at home this season, while Bowling Green is 2-8 on the road.

    *Broncos point guard Mike Douglas is just 9 assists away from passing Billy Stanback as the all-time leader in assists in WMU history.

    * The Broncos are out-rebounding MAC opponents by an average of 8.9 rebounds per game and are 29th in the country averaging 38.8 rebounds a game.

    *Bowling Green junior forward A’uston Calhoun leads the Falcons in scoring with 13.3 points and is 2nd on the team in rebounding, averaging 6.3 per game.

    * Shayne Whittington averaged a double-double of 12.0 points and 12.5 rebounds in his two starts last week. Whittington is expected to start again against Bowling Green.

    *In Austin Richie’s six starts this season, he is averaging 12.0 points per game and shooting 43.2 percent from the floor. Richie is expected to start again as Demetrius Ward nurses a knee injury.

    *WMU is allowing 71 points per game, the most points allowed to opponents in the MAC

    *Matt Stainbrook is 2nd in the MAC with a .579 field goal percentage.

  • Broncos Draw North Dakota State in Bracketbusters

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, Mich . - The Western Michigan men's basketball team will participate in the 2012 Sears Bracketbuster event, and will travel to face North Dakota State on Saturday, Feb. 18 in Fargo in a non-televised game. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. (ET). As part of the Sears BracketBusters format, North Dakota State will play one game at Western Michigan next season on a date to be determined. 

    This will be the second all-time meeting between the schools, with the Broncos holding the 1-0 advantage in the all-time series. WMU defeated the Bison 79-57 in Kalamazoo on Dec. 8, 1956. The Broncos are 1-1 against the Summit League this season, having fallen to South Dakota State on the road but defeating Oakland on the road earlier this year. NDSU is 2-2 against the Mid-American Conference teams since beginning Division I play in 2004-05 (Eastern Michigan 1-2, Northern Illinois 1-0). 

  • Broncos remain perfect at home with 73-64 win over Miami (OH)

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – Shayne Whittington is making the most of his opportunity in the starting lineup. Against Ohio earlier this week he had a career high with 13 rebounds. Today against Miami (OH) Whittington finished with a career high 16 points to go along with 11 rebounds for his first career double-double as the Broncos topped the Redhawks 73-64.

    With the win the Broncos improved to 9-0 at home and moved into a tie for 2nd place in the MAC West.

    Flendard Whitfield tied his season high of 22 points as he and Whittington were unstoppable in the low post.

    “We didn’t expect Whittington to do what he did,” Miami head coach Charlie Cole said. “Whittington was marvelous. Whitfield was marvelous. They did a great job.”

    Whitfield gave everyone a scare when he landed on his ankle awkwardly in the first half. After heading to the bench for a few minutes he reentered the game and scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half.

    “It was my mandatory tweak,” Whitfield said jokingly of the ankle injury. “I think I’ve tweaked it every game since I’ve been back. I stretched it out it out a little bit, but it’s one of those things. I had to keep battling.”  

    The first half was one of the weirdest 20 minutes of basketball anyone had ever seen before. Miami missed all 11 attempts from inside the 3 point line but made 11 of 13 from 3 point land, including 8 in a row to start the game. Miami did not score their first 2 point shot until the 18:10 mark of the 2nd half.

    WMU took a 36-35 lead into halftime and came out strong in the 2nd, extending their lead to as much as 15 with 10:36 remaining in the game.

    The Broncos were without Demetrius Ward for the first time all season after he hyperextended his knee against Ohio. Ward will be reevaluated on Monday. Austin Richie started in place of Ward and finished with 13 points in 36 minutes. Mike Douglas also scored in double figures as he had 12.

    GAME NOTES: WMU had only 8 turnovers after averaging 19 turnovers their previous 3 games…Miami finished with 30 attempts from downtown, making half of them…Brian Sullivan and Julian Mavunga led the way for the Redhawks with 20 and 19 points respectively…Today was Hayden Hoerdemann’s birthday. He went scoreless in 15 minutes, missing his only field goal attempt; a 3 pointer…Mo Conteh injured his calf in the 1st half and didn’t return. Conteh injured the same calf 2 years ago and missed considerable time with the injury…The Broncos return to action on Wednesday as the Bowling Green Falcons make a trip to Kalamazoo. Game time is set for 7pm.

  • Short-Handed Broncos Lose To Ohio, 56-51

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    Athens, OH (WKZO) – Austin Richie’s 16 points were not enough Wednesday night, as the short-handed Broncos were defeated by the Ohio Bobcats 56-51.

    The Broncos were already without Matt Stainbrook, who didn’t make the trip to Ohio due to a matter that coach Steve Hawkins said would stay in house. Then late in the 1st half, the Broncos also lost Demetrius Ward, who went down with a knee injury. However, Western was able to keep the game close for the majority of the contest.

    Ohio started fast, pulling out to a 10-1 lead and extended that lead to 26-12 with 6:50 remaining in the half, before Western went on a 18-4 run to end to the first half tied at 30.

    The 2nd half saw the lead bounce back and forth before Bobcats guard D.J. Cooper made 2 free throws, putting Ohio up 44-42 and Western was never able to regain the lead.

    With the loss, Western falls to 9-11 and 3-3 in the MAC.

    GAME NOTES: Mike Douglas was the only other Bronco to score in double figures as he finished with 12…WMU shot only 30.2% from the floor…Flenard Whitfield fouled out with 25 seconds left with only 4 points…D.J. Cooper scored 18 points for the Bobcats…Shayne Whittington started in place of Stainbrook and finished with 9 points and 13 rebounds…The Broncos committed 23 fouls and had 17 turnovers…WMU returns to action on Saturday against Miami (OH). Tip-off is set for 4pm at University Arena.  

  • GAME NOTES: WMU Basketball Vs. Ohio

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    Today the Western Michigan men’s basketball team takes on the Ohio Bobcats in Athens, Ohio. This will be the Broncos first MAC crossover game against a MAC East team. WMU is coming off a 64-61 victory last Saturday against arch-rival Central Michigan and enters the game with a 9-10 record and 3-2 in the MAC. Ohio is 15-4 and 3-2 in the MAC. The Bobcats are favored to win by 10.5 points. Here are a few notes before the two teams tip off tonight at 7pm.

    * This will be the 121st meeting in the all-time series, with the Bobcats holding the 62-59 advantage in the rivalry. The Broncos are 18-43 in road games played against Ohio and are 4-6 against the Bobcats under head coach Steve Hawkins, and have never won in Athens under Hawkins. WMU won last year’s meeting 85-83 in Kalamazoo.

    *The Broncos are 1-7 on the road during the 2011-2012 season.

    * Nate Hutcheson was named the MAC West Player of the Week by the writers of the blog, theMACDaily.com.

    * Against Central Michigan, Mike Douglas passed Brian Snider for second on the WMU career assists list; with 407 career assists, he needs 20 more assists to reach Billy Stanback’s program record of 427.

    * Demetrius Ward and Matt Stainbrook are the only players to have started every game for the Broncos this season.

    * D.J. Cooper leads the Bobcats in scoring with 14.2 points per game. Cooper also leads the MAC in steals with 2.6 per game.

    * The Broncos rank 28th in the nation in rebounds per game with 38.8.

    *Matt Stainbrook leads the MAC in shooting percentage at 58.3%.

    *Hayden Hoerdemann is 2nd in the MAC in 3 point shooting, making 53% of his attempts from downtown. Ohio leads the MAC in 3 point defense.

    *The Bobcats have the highest home attendance in the MAC, averaging 5796 per game.

  • Broncos Hold Off Central, Win 64-61

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – The Broncos improved to 8-0 at home after holding on to beat rival Central Michigan 64-61 Saturday afternoon at University Arena.

    Western was once again doomed by turnovers as they had 20 but they were able to outrebound the Chips 42-27 and attempted almost twice as many free throws, which helped secure the victory.

    “I thought it was a typical Western/Central game,” Coach Steve Hawkins said. “Central did a terrific job of not getting down but they took the punch and stayed in there.”

    Nate Hutchenson had a team high 17 points for the Broncos, his second consecutive game leading the team in scoring, but he refuses to feel like he’s the go to guy for the Broncos.

    “I don’t know about that,” Hutchenson jokingly said when asked about being the go to guy. “I’m just putting the ball up. We had a bunch of people in double digits, and that’s how we try to play.

     The Broncos had 4 players in double figures. Along with Hutchenson, Mike Douglas, Flenard Whitfield and Matt Stainbrook all had 11 or more points.

    Central held the early advantage leading by as much as 5 until the 10:42 mark when the Broncos took their first lead 16-14.

    The Broncos extended their lead to 8 at 24-16 backed by an 8-2 run. Central responded with their own 8-0 run to tie the game at 24.

    Western pulled away for a brief moment, but Central ended the half scoring 7 of the final 9 points to take a one point lead at the half.

    The beginning of the 2nd half was dominated by the Broncos as the opened with a 12-1 run to put themselves up 44-34. Western continued to own the 2nd half until the Chips put together an 11-3 run to bring the Broncos lead down to 3. Trey Zeigler missed a 3 pointer with 5 seconds left that would have taken the game into overtime. Neither team was able to score the final 2:21.

    GAME NOTES: Stainbrook lead the team in rebounding with 9…This is the 2nd straight game the Broncos had more than 20 turnovers…Mike Douglas played 39 of 40 minutes…WMU shot the ball 43% and CMU shot 34%...The Broncos return to action on Wednesday at Ohio. Game time is set for 7pm.

  • Broncos Fall In Overtime To Eagles, 62-59

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    Ypsilanti, MI (WKZO) -- Head coach Steve Hawkins called the Broncos previous game against Toledo the best game he’d seen from his team in years. He probably couldn’t say the same thing about Wednesday’s game against Eastern Michigan, as the Broncos lost in overtime to the Eagles 62-59.

    EMU was behind or tied for 39:55 during regulation

    WMU started strong scoring the first 5 points of the game.  The Eagles then tied the game briefly at 5-5, but the Broncos responded with a 7-0 run to go up 12-5 with 13:43 to go in the half.  EMU cut the lead to 2 at 14-12 after Derek Thompson drilled a 3 pointer with 9:32 remaining in the half.

    The game stayed close for the remainder of the half as the Broncos were only able to increase their lead to 6 at 24-18 with 4:44 left. WMU scored 2 points after that point to take a 26-22 lead into the half.

    After the break, WMU increased their lead to 9, 35-26, at the 15:24 mark, starting the 2nd half on a 9-4 run.

    Quintin Daley then made back to back 3 pointers, cutting the Broncos lead to 35-32 with 13:14 left in the game. WMU was then held without a field goal for almost 7 minutes, but the Eagles could only manage 3 points during the same stretch.

    An Antonio Green 3 pointer cut the lead to 1 at 42-41, with 5 minutes left. EMU once again brought the game down to a single point after J.R. Sims completed a 3 point play, bringing the score to 46-45 with 3:15 left.

    Flenard Whitfield then completed his own 3 point play before fouling out with 2:32 remaining.

    The Eagles tied the game with 57 seconds left for the first time since it was 5-5 at 50-50 after Sims made a 3 pointer from the corner. On the Broncos ensuing possession Shayne Whittington tried dumping the ball inside to Matt Stainbrook but it was stolen by EMU’s Jarnell Harris.

    Eastern finally took the lead for the first time all game after Antonio Green made a straight way 3 pointer leaving the Broncos only 4.8 seconds to tie the game.

    Mike Douglas found Nate Hutchenson in the corner and as time expired Hutchenson drilled a contested 3 to take the game into overtime.

    During overtime the Broncos scored the first basket, but back to back baskets by the Eagles put them up for good. WMU did have a final chance to force a 2nd overtime but Whittington air balled a desperation 3 pointer as time ran out and the Broncos failed to win their 3rd straight MAC game.

    With the loss, the Broncos drop to 8-10 and 2-2 in MAC play. EMU improved their record to 8-10 and 3-1 in the MAC with the win.

    GAME NOTES: Nate Hutchenson came within 1 point of tying his career high, as he finished with 23…Matt Stainbrook was the only other Bronco to score in double figures, as he ended the game with 12. Stainbrook also had a team high 7 rebounds…The Broncos committed 20 turnovers…Antonio Green had 11 to lead to the Eagles…WMU shot the ball 20 for 46 (43.5%) and held EMU to just 37% from the floor…Demetrius Ward and Mike Douglas each played 40 minutes or more…Douglas led the team in assists with 8…Broncos head coach Steve Hawkins had been 16-2 in his career against Eastern Michigan...The Broncos next game is at home, Saturday afternoon against Central Michigan. Game time is set for 2pm. 

  • Broncos Fall In Overtime To Eagles, 62-59

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    Ypsilanti, MI (WKZO) -- Head coach Steve Hawkins called the Broncos previous game against Toledo the best game he’d seen from his team in years. He probably couldn’t say the same thing about Wednesday’s game against Eastern Michigan, as the Broncos lost in overtime to the Eagles 62-59.

    EMU was behind or tied for 39:55 during regulation

    WMU started strong scoring the first 5 points of the game.  The Eagles then tied the game briefly at 5-5, but the Broncos responded with a 7-0 run to go up 12-5 with 13:43 to go in the half.  EMU cut the lead to 2 at 14-12 after Derek Thompson drilled a 3 pointer with 9:32 remaining in the half.

    The game stayed close for the remainder of the half as the Broncos were only able to increase their lead to 6 at 24-18 with 4:44 left. WMU scored 2 points after that point to take a 26-22 lead into the half.

    After the break, WMU increased their lead to 9, 35-26, at the 15:24 mark, starting the 2nd half on a 9-4 run.

    Quintin Daley then made back to back 3 pointers, cutting the Broncos lead to 35-32 with 13:14 left in the game. WMU was then held without a field goal for almost 7 minutes, but the Eagles could only manage 3 points during the same stretch.

    An Antonio Green 3 pointer cut the lead to 1 at 42-41, with 5 minutes left. EMU once again brought the game down to a single point after J.R. Sims completed a 3 point play, bringing the score to 46-45 with 3:15 left.

    Flenard Whitfield then completed his own 3 point play before fouling out with 2:32 remaining.

    The Eagles tied the game with 57 seconds left for the first time since it was 5-5 at 50-50 after Sims made a 3 pointer from the corner. On the Broncos ensuing possession Shayne Whittington tried dumping the ball inside to Matt Stainbrook but it was stolen by EMU’s Jarnell Harris.

    Eastern finally took the lead for the first time all game after Antonio Green made a straight way 3 pointer leaving the Broncos only 4.8 seconds to tie the game.

    Mike Douglas found Nate Hutchenson in the corner and as time expired Hutchenson drilled a contested 3 to take the game into overtime.

    During overtime the Broncos scored the first basket, but back to back baskets by the Eagles put them up for good. WMU did have a final chance to force a 2nd overtime but Whittington air balled a desperation 3 pointer as time ran out and the Broncos failed to win their 3rd straight MAC game.

    With the loss, the Broncos drop to 8-10 and 2-2 in MAC play. EMU improved their record to 8-10 and 3-1 in the MAC with the win.

    GAME NOTES: Nate Hutchenson came within 1 point of tying his career high, as he finished with 23…Matt Stainbrook was the only other Bronco to score in double figures, as he ended the game with 12. Stainbrook also had a team high 7 rebounds…The Broncos committed 20 turnovers…Antonio Green had 11 to lead to the Eagles…WMU shot the ball 20 for 46 (43.5%) and held EMU to just 37% from the floor…Demetrius Ward and Mike Douglas each played 40 minutes or more…Douglas led the team in assists with 8…Broncos head coach Steve Hawkins had been 16-2 in his career against Eastern Michigan...The Broncos next game is at home, Saturday afternoon against Central Michigan. Game time is set for 2pm. 

  • GAME NOTES: WMU Basketball Vs. Eastern Michigan

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    YPSILANTI, MI (WKZO) – Tonight at 7pm at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, the Western Michigan Broncos and Eastern Michigan Eagles square off in battle of Michigan directional schools. WMU is coming off their best performance of the season after defeating Toledo 74-52 last Saturday. The Broncos have won 8 of their last 11 games, including all 7 home games. EMU enters the game at 7-10 and 2-1, but are just 3-9 in their last 12 games. Before the in-state rivals tip off here are some noteworthy stats to look at.

    * This will be the 110th meeting between these two teams, with the Broncos holding a 54-45 advantage in the all-time series.

    * The Broncos are 16-2 against Eastern Michigan under head coach Steve Hawkins, including a 6-2 record on the road.

    * The Broncos defeated the Eagles 87-60 in their last meeting in Ypsilanti, on Feb. 27, 2011

    * Flenard Whitfield scored 19 points against Toledo, his highest scoring output since returning from his six-game absence.

    *WMU, EMU, CMU and Ball State are all tied atop the MAC West at 2-1.

    *Freshman Austin Richie and Hayden Hoerdemann lead the Broncos bench in scoring with 6.2 and 5.5 points per game, respectively. Hoerdemann also ranks first in the MAC and fourth in Division I with a .559 three-point shooting percentage

    *EMU is averaging 53.1 points per game. That ranks 342 out of 344 Division 1 college basketball teams.

    * Steve Hawkins has 153 career wins, which ranks second among WMU head coaches in program history

    *Darrell Lampley leads the Eagles in scoring with 13.5 points per game

    * Matt Stainbrook has scored 13 or more points in his last six outings for the Broncos.