Men’s basketball open season with exhibition win

November 8, 2010

By Eric Woodyard (Western Herald)

Kalamazoo College did lead at one point in their basketball game against Western Michigan University on Saturday, Nov. 6 in University Arena.

They literally led by one point in the first half at the 17:09 mark and by the 2:39 mark of the second half, they trailed by 60 points.

WMU defeated K-College, 93-35, in their final exhibition contest in front of 2,018 loyal fans in Kalamazoo. While the last game was a bit competitive against Spring Arbor University on Tuesday, which they trailed most of the first the half before eventually winning 64-53, this match-up was one sided from the jump.

By halftime, WMU led 51-14.

“I thought that it was so much better today than it was Tuesday night and what I was looking for today happened and that was a mark of improvement and organization,” Bronco head coach Steve Hawkins said. “What I look for is not what the general fan might look for, what I’m looking for is to actually play better, not individually but as a team and we were much more organized.”

The Broncos were led by the aggressive play of Flenard Whitfield and Nate Hutcheson. Whitfield chipped in 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Hutcheson scored 19 points and picked up nine rebounds.

Freshman center Matt Stainbrook scored 13 points and snatched eoght rebounds in 20 minutes of action as well.

Whitfield relishes his new role as the team’s leader with the departure of last year’s seniors, Donald Lawson, David Kool and Martelle McLemore.

“Coming in as a freshman, I knew it was coming one of these days where I had to take over and be a leader but I just took a lot of examples and paid attention a little more than anybody else did,” Whitfield said. “I worked on a lot of leading by example. I think I’ve been a vocal guy before even coming in as a freshman but I’ve been leading more by example this year.”

The bench of the Broncos played a huge role in the victory as they produced 45 points.

WMU also connected on 54.3 percent of their field goal attempts for the entire game opposed to K-College’s 21.6 percent.

No player scored in double-figures for the Hornets as Eric Fishman led the team with eight points and six rebounds. Harold Hermanson chipped in seven points on 2-for-10 shooting.

Prior to this game, Hawkins had been experimenting with different starting line ups to see which one would work the best.

With no set roster, the players needed to build their confidence in some way and K-College served as the perfect building block.

“Confidence is a big deal going into the season especially when you’re opening up with Xavier like we are,” Hutcheson said. “They’re a big tough team and we’re gonna need the confidence and also today was really good for going through plays and all that kind of stuff just to go against somebody else besides ourself.”

WMU will kick off the season on Friday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. when they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on Xavier University on their home court.

Xavier has made it to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen the past two seasons.


One Response to “Men’s basketball open season with exhibition win”

  1. carlos collins said

    Dang they killed em !

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