KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Derek Drews matched a career-high 17 points and Western Michigan hit a season-best 12 3-pointers in a 79-57 win over Kent State on Sunday. Drews, a sophomore making his debut at power forward, knocked in five of those long-range shots for the Broncos (11-13, 6-5 Mid-American).
"We knew coming in they were a very good three-point shooting team," said Kent State head coach Jim Christian. "And they are tough to beat at home. They've beaten some good teams here the past few seasons."
Kent State (15-9, 8-3), which had won six straight entering the game, lost an opportunity to catch Akron in the MAC's East Division. The Golden Flashes, led by Julian Sullinger's 12 points, made just 3-of-17 3-point attempts. "We talked about just taking it one game at a time," Christian said. "But, we never could get into a rhythm or get anything going."
Shawntes Gary added 15 points for the Broncos and Joe Reitz pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with 10 points. Western Michigan turned the ball over just nine times, its second-lowest total of the season. The Broncos forced 15 Kent State turnovers.
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