Ballst 30 33 63
Wmichigan 33 36 69
Date of game: 3/5/2012

Recap: Western Mich vs. Ball State

Kalamazoo, MI (Sports Network) - Flenard Whitfield scored 12 points to pace five players in double figures as the Western Michigan Broncos bested the Ball State Cardinals 69-63 in a first round game of the Mid-American Conference Tournament at University Arena.

Demetrius Ward added 11 points for the eighth-seeded Broncos (13-19), who will face 12th-seeded Northern Illinois Wednesday night in Cleveland in the second round. Shayne Whittington, Matt Stainbrook, and Austin Richie provided 10 points each. Stainbrook also grabbed nine rebounds.

Jesse Berry scored 19 points for the ninth-seeded Cardinals (15-15). Jauwan Scaife provided 14 points and Jarrod Jones finished with six rebounds.

Western Michigan overcame a nine-point deficit early on to lead 33-30 at halftime. The Broncos shot 47.8 percent from the floor in the first half, while Ball State was 10-of-26 from the floor, including just 2-of-13 from long range.

Western Michigan led by as many as 10 after halftime.

The Broncos had a 35-26 edge on the glass.

Game Notes

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In 2013, the Montana State Bobcats made a bit of an offensive switch, going from a pass-heavy system to a more run- integrated style of play. The reason wasn't because the team was unstable at quarterback, but rather due to the fact the Bobcats were loaded at the running back position.

Former NBA center Jones passes away

Caldwell Jones, who played 14 seasons in the NBA and twice earned All-Defensive Team honors, died Sunday from a heart attack at the age of 64.

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Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux is expected to be sidelined approximately two weeks after suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury on the first day of training camp.

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