Men’s basketball returns home Saturday to take on Cleveland State

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan men’s basketball team returns to Kalamazoo for its second home game in the top seven competitions on Saturday when it welcomes Cleveland State to the University Arena.

Fans can also take advantage of the Bronco Athletics Thanksgiving Special, which includes a ticket, hot dog, and drink for just $10.

GAME INFORMATION

Match: Western Michigan (2-4) vs. Cleveland State (3-3)

Appointment time: Saturday 26 Nov – 12pm

Side? site: University Arena (Kalamazoo, Mich.)

Tickets: wmubroncos.com/tickets

Radio: Bronco Media Network

Video: ESPN3

Live Stats: StatBroadcast

TIP TO OPEN

  • After four straight away games, Western Michigan returns to the University Arena friendly zone on Saturday to take on Cleveland State.
  • WMU won their only home game so far this season on November 10 against Goshen, 99-62.
  • Western Michigan ended its three games in three days on Sunday with a 63-57 loss to Georgia Southern in Houston.
  • Lamar Norman Jr. averaged 29.7 points in three games at last weekend’s Owl Invitational in Houston, including a career-high 36 in a win at the Houston Christian.
  • Reigning league scoring champion Norman continues to lead the conference this season with 23.2 points per game.
  • He also leads MAC in threes made (4.2/game) and FT percentage (.952).
  • Saturday marks the seventh-ever meeting between the Broncos and the Vikings, with the series even going 3-3.
  • The CSU won the last two meetings, the last on December 7, 2016.

HOME SWEET HOME

After a four-way game straight from home, Western Michigan returns to the University Arena on Saturday afternoon to take on Cleveland State. Only two of WMU’s first seven games this season will be played in Kalamazoo, with the Broncos’ only previous home game this season being a 99-62 win over Goshen College on Nov. 10.

LAST TIME-OUT
The Broncos are coming off a 1-2 weekend at the Owl Invitational in Houston. Western Michigan ended the trip Sunday afternoon with a 63-57 loss to Georgia Southern. At the competition on Sunday Lamar Norman Jr. scored his fourth straight game with over 20 points as the senior hit a game-high 23 points. Norman averaged 29.7 points per game for the tournament, including a career-high 36 in last Friday’s West Michigan win at the Houston Christian.

LEAVE YOUR MARKS
Markeee Hastings scored a season-high 12 rebounds for the Broncos in Sunday’s setback against Georgia Southern. Hastings has double-digit rebounds in four of Western Michigan’s first six games this season and is fourth in the MAC in rebounds averaging 8.0 boards per contest.

WMU VS CSU
Saturday marks the seventh-ever meeting between Western Michigan and Cleveland State, with the two teams splitting the first six meetings. The Broncos are 3-1 at home to the Vikings, but CSU won their last meeting in Kalamzoo, a first-round game of CIT 2015, on March 18, 2015. The last overall meeting was also a win for Cleveland State, 85-62, on March 18, 2015 December 7, 2016 in Cleveland.

RECOGNIZE THE VIKINGS
After starting the season 3-0, Cleveland State has bounced back and notched up three straight wins. On Wednesday, the Vikings celebrated a 77-63 home win over Chicago State. The leading scorer of the CSU is Tristan Enaruna with an average of 13.2 points per competition. The Utah transfer is also the leading rebounder for the Vikings at 7.8 per game, which ranks fourth-best in the Horizon League.

Scoring Norman
After leading the MAC in scoring last season, Lamar Norman Jr. has picked up right where he left off as he finds himself back at the top of the conference averaging 23.2 points per game. Since joining from Duquesne prior to last season, Norman has scored double-digit goals in 34 of his 36 games as a bronco and led WMU with 30 goals. The senior also has 19 games with 20+ points and six with 30 or more points.

NORMAN REACHES 1,000
During his career-best 36-point night in last Friday’s win over Houston Christian, Lamar Norman Jr. went over 1,000 points for his college career. The senior currently has 1,064 career points, with 331 at Duquesne and 733 at Western Michigan.

LEAGUE LEADER LAMAR
In addition to leading the conference with 23.2 points per game, Lamar Norman Jr. also tops the MAC so far this season in both three-pointers made (4.2/game) and free-throw percentage (.952).

THE WRIGHT MATERIAL
Titus Wright scored twice in double digits in Houston last weekend, including a career-high 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting) last Saturday in Rice. Wright is averaging an efficient 10.2 points per game as the junior made 60.5 percent of his shots from the field, which is second best in the MAC.

CLEANING THE GLASS
The Broncos have been strong in the rebound department so far this season, winning the rebound fight in five of their first six games. WMU ranks second in the MAC for both total rebounds (39.3) and rebound margin (+8.7).

366 AND COUNT
After hitting seven three-pointers against Georgia Southern on Sunday, WMU has had at least one three-pointer in 366 straight games since 2011.

HALF-TERM TOURS BECOME W’S
WMU has a 51-20 record when leading at halftime for the past five seasons.

AT THE HORIZON
WMU is back on the road on Wednesday November 30th en route to Dayton.



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