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Men's Basketball Closes Homestand vs. Oakland

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 11/30/2012
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Western Michigan Broncos (5-1) vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies (2-5)
Saturday, December 1 // 2 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // University Arena
Broncos lead all-time series 5-2 // Broncos 3-1 vs. Oakland at home


Radio // Bronco Radio Network
Announcers // Robin Hook
Stations // WKZO - 96.5 FM: (Flagship) Kalamazoo, Portage, Mattawan; WMAX - 96.1 FM: Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon; WVIC - 94.1 FM: Lansing, Jackson, Battle Creek
Broadcast // Pre-game show begins at 1:30 p.m.
Stream // Bronco Insider



• This will be the eighth all-time meeting between the Broncos and the Golden Grizzlies, with WMU holding a 5-2 advantage in the series
• The Broncos are 3-1 in home games against the Grizzlies, but lost the most recent meeting in University Arena 100-94 (December 30, 2000)
• Western Michigan won the most recent meeting between the two schools, beating Oakland 91-76 last season
• The Broncos are 11-8 all-time against schools in the Summit League, 5-4 under Steve Hawkins
• The Broncos received 12 votes in this week's Mid-Major Top 25 poll
• The Broncos' five-game win streak is the longest they've enjoyed since a five-game streak during the 2010-11 season that spanned from February 23 until March 10
Darius Paul and Brandon Pokley have each reached double figures in scoring in each of the last five games
Austin Richie scored the game-winning lay-up against High Point with five seconds remaining, the first time the Broncos have notched a last-second shot for the win since defeating Northern Illinois on January 22, 2011
Darius Paul has recorded five straight double-digit scoring performances, the most for a Bronco freshman since the 2005-06 season
Austin Richie is averaging 5.0 assists per game in his last four contests
• The Broncos have won 99 home games under head coach Steve Hawkins
Nate Hutcheson had a season-high three blocks in the Broncos' win over High Point
Brandon Pokley has five straight double-digit scoring performances; entering this season, he had two total
• Hutcheson's 30-point game against Loyola-Chicago is one of only two 30-point efforts in the MAC this season
• Western Michigan ranked in the top 10 percent of all men's basketball programs in the 2011-12 APR
• The game against Oakland marks the first time former Bronco Saddi Washington has coached against WMU