KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan men's basketball team was able to put on a show for more than 200 fans at University Arena Saturday morning at "Breakfast with the Broncos." The Broncos put 95 points on the board and saw four players score in double figures, led by 16 points from Shawntes Gary, 12 from Joe Reitz and Martelle McLemore and 11 from Silver Laku. Scrimmage one saw the White Team defeat the Black Team, 20-13, with 12 points from Gary. With a new lineup, the Black Team came back in scrimmage two to win, 23-19. Derek Drews hit 3-of-3 three-pointers to lead the way. McLemore had eight points to lead the White. Finally, in scrimmage three, Laku and Andrew Hershberger each had five points to lead the White past the Black, 12-8. Drews and Hershberger were next in the scoring column with nine points each, while David Kool added eight points and Michael Redell scored seven. Donald Lawson led the Broncos with eight rebounds, followed by Reitz with six. Redell passed out six assists with only two turnovers. Overall, the Broncos shot 45.3 percent from the field (29-64) and 40.6 percent from the three-point line (13-32). The Broncos are back in action at University Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1 for their lone exhibition game of the season against Tri-State (Ind.) at 7 p.m.
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan men's basketball team checks in at No. 23 in the CollegeInsider.com Preseason Mid-Major Top 25. The Broncos received 120 points in the voting undertaken by mid-major head coaches from around the country, including WMU head coach Steve Hawkins who is in his third year on the voting panel.
The Broncos were also picked to win the Mid-American Conference West Division with the return of two-time Second Team All-MAC center Joe Reitz, Honorable Mention All-MAC guard Shawntes Gary and CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshman All-American and MAC Freshman of the Year David Kool among 13 returning letterwinners.
Western Michigan begins the 2007-08 campaign on Nov. 1 when they play host to Tri-State (Ind.) in an exhibition contest at 7 p.m. in University Arena. The regular season commences in Eugene, Ore., at the World Vision Invitational against Pacific on Nov. 10 at 9:30 p.m.
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