Broncos rally past Bobcats, 90-85
Ohio led by 21 in 1st half, 10 with 5 minutes left
By Lonnie McMillan / Contributor
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan rallied from 10 points down with five minutes to go and held on when Jason Carter missed a late 3-pointer, taking a 90-85 victory against Ohio on Tuesday night at University Arena.
The Bobcats led 81-71 following a Gavin Block layup but could not hold on. The Broncos went on a 10-0 run to tie the game and took the lead for good on a Thomas Wilder free throw with 32 seconds left.
Wilder finished with 29 points and seven rebounds, and Tucker Haymond had 20 points and six boards for the Broncos (7-14, 3-6 Mid-American Conference).
Carter paced Ohio (13-7, 5-4 MAC) with 21 points and five rebounds, Jaaron Simmons had 18 points and six assists, and Kenny Kaminski finished with 17 points.
Bryce Moore and Wilder hit back-to-back 3-pointers that cut the Bobcats’ advantage to 81-77. Jarrin Randall followed with a layup, and Wilder tied it at the foul line with 2:48 remaining.
Kaminski hit a jumper to put Ohio back on top, but Wilder answered with one of his own. A pair of Jordan Dartis free throws moved the Bobcats back on top before Moore tied the game with a basket inside. Then after a miss by Simmons, Wilder drew a foul and connected on the second foul shot.
Carter missed, and Wilder hit two more foul shots to push the Western Michigan lead to 88-85 with 16 seconds left. Then Carter missed the 3-pointer, and Haymond put away the game with two more free throws with five seconds to go.
Despite a Wilder 3-pointer to end a Broncos flurry the first half, the Bobcats led 44-38. Ohio held a 44-23 advantage with just 3:02 left in the first half on a Rodney Culver jumper. Western Michigan outscored Ohio 15-0 in the final 2:46.
After the Broncos cut the deficit to four, Ohio went on a 9-0 run to take its biggest second-half lead, 58-45. Western Michigan got as close as 71-66 with 7:33 remaining before the Bobcats pushed their advantage back to double digits.
Ohio shot 52.7 percent, including 11 of 22 on 3-pointers, and was 16 of 21 at the foul line. Western Michigan made 48.3 percent of its shots and held an advantage in free throws, making 26 of 35 (74.3 percent).
Dartis scored 11 points, and Block had eight for the Bobcats. Drake Lamont scored 11 points, and Jarrin Randall finished with 10 points for the Broncos.
Ohio hosts Akron at 12 p.m. Saturday at The Convo. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.