W. Michigan Outlasts E. Michigan in First Round of MAC Tourney, 60-55

Broncos advance to second round

March 6, 2006

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Brian Snider scored 21 points and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds to lead Western Michigan to a 60-55 win Monday night over Eastern Michigan in the Mid-American Conference tournament's first round.

Snider scored 14 of his points in the second half, hitting 6-of-11 shots, as Western Michigan (14-16) overcame a 14-point deficit to advance to the quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive year.

The Broncos face Akron on Thursday at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.

Joe Reitz, who was on the bench with two fouls less than five minutes into the game, added 10 points for Western Michigan. A basket by Reitz gave the Broncos their first lead, 39-37, with 11:45 left in the game.

Western Michigan missed its first six shots and fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first half. However, runs of 14-4 and 9-0 in the first 12 minutes of the second half put the Broncos ahead for good.

John Bowler led Eastern Michigan (7-21) with 18 points and 15 rebounds in his final college game. Carlos Medlock added 12 points for Eastern Michigan, while Craig Cashen contributed 11 points.

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