W. Michigan 86, Cent. Michigan 76
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP)—Joe Reitz scored 26 points to lead Western Michigan to an 86-76 victory over Central Michigan on Tuesday night.
Four starters reached double figures for the Broncos (7-10, 2-2 Mid-American), who won their sixth straight home game with their highest point total of the season.
Giordan Watson led Central Michigan (7-9, 2-2) with 19 points, 13 of them in the second half when the Chippewas saw a two-point lead evaporate into a deficit of up to 15 points.
David Kool added 15 points for Western Michigan, Michael Redell scored 14 and Derek Fracalossi 12. Reitz scored 10 of his points at the free-throw line.
The teams combined for 20 3-point baskets, led by four each from Watson and Jordan Bitzer, who added 15 points for Central Michigan.
The Broncos used a 9-0 run early in the second half, including six straight points by Reitz, to grab the lead for good and defeat the Chippewas for the sixth time in seven meetings. Western Michigan made 57.1 percent of its shots in the second half as Central Michigan’s shooting cooled to 38.5 percent.
The Chippewas played without forward Chris Kellermann for the first time this season. Kellermann fractured a heel Saturday at Northern Illinois and is out 4-6 weeks.