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Stainbrook's 32 Not Enough As Broncos Fall Short

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 11/12/2011
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BROOKINGS, S.D. - Sophomore Matt Stainbrook had a career scoring day, but the Western Michigan men's basketball team was unsuccessful in its regular season debut on Saturday, falling 82-76 to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Frost Arena. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 0-1 on the season.

Stainbrook finished the game with a career-high 32 points, shooting 14-of-16 from the field. He snapped his previous single-game career-high in the first half, totaling 19 points in the opening stanza. However, the Broncos were unable to keep up with the hot-shooting Jackrabbits, as South Dakota State hit five three-pointers in the second half, compared to the Broncos' one.

The Broncos also received 16 points from Demetrius Ward and 14 points from Mike Douglas, the latter of whom also contributed five rebounds and four assists. Ward contributed six rebounds and three steals.

The Broncos overcame a three-minute drought in the middle of the first half, taking a 22-21 lead on a layup from Stainbrook at the 7:41 mark for their first lead since the 14:25 mark of the first half. Ward would grab a defensive rebound on the Jackrabbits' next trip down the court and dish it off to Douglas, who found Nate Hutcheson streaking down the court. Hutcheson would take the pass and slam the ball home for a three-point lead. The Broncos would take their biggest lead of the day with 1:45 remaining in the first half, when Douglas scored a lay-up to make it 34-28.

Ward would give the Broncos their biggest lead of the second half with a jumper at the 13:23 mark, but from there SDSU began to come back. The Jackrabbits' Nate Wolters hit a three-point shot to tie the score at 55-55, and SDSU would take the lead for good when Wolters found Brayden Carlson for a three-pointer. Ward would make it a one-possession game with 1:17 remaining with a pair of free throw makes, but the Jackrabbits pulled away for the win.

The Broncos will be back in action on Thursday, Nov. 18 when they face Temple in the first round of the 5-Hour ENERGY Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The game is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET.