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Broncos Return Home to Host Huskies on STO

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Release: 02/15/2013
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Western Michigan Broncos (15-9, 7-4 MAC) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (5-18, 3-8 MAC)
Saturday, February 16 // 6 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // University Arena


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 5:30 p.m.

Television // SportsTime Ohio
Talent // Michael Reghi and Dave Cecutti



• This will be the 81st meeting between the Broncos and the Huskies, with WMU holding a 51-29 advantage in the series
• The Broncos are 17-18 in games played in DeKalb in the rivalry
• The Broncos are 14-5 against the Huskies under head coach Steve Hawkins, including seven straight victories against NIU
• The Broncos have not lost to the Huskies since falling in DeKalb on Jan. 13, 2010
• WMU has not lost a home game to Northern Illinois since March 4, 2006, a span of six home games
• The Broncos received 10 votes in the Feb. 11 Mid-Major Top 25 Poll
• The regular season finale against Central Michigan has been selected to appear on SportsTime Ohio on Saturday, March 9. Tip-off is schedule for noon.
• The Broncos went 3-3 against MAC East competition this year, a two-game improvement on their 1-5 mark last season
• Last season, the Broncos were just 1-5 against MAC East competition
• The Broncos are 69-30 against MAC West competition under head coach Steve Hawkins
• Nate Hutcheson became the 37th player in program history to reach 1,000 points in the Broncos' loss at Bowling Green
• Hutcheson has 1,009 points, tying him with Jason Black for 36th on the career scoring list at WMU
• Today will mark the 125th game played in Nate Hutcheson's career; that ranks tied for fourth with David Kool and Flenard Whitfield
• Should Hutcheson play the rest of the schedule, he will surpass Demetrius Ward for the program's all-time games played leader
• Shayne Whittington recorded 13 points and 15 rebounds at Bowling Green for his eighth double-double of the season
• Whittington's eight double-doubles are tied with Javon McCrea and Majok Majok for most in the MAC this season
• Whittington is averaging a double-double of 16.0 points and 10.6 rebounds per game over the last five contests
• Western Michigan is 7-3 this season in games decided by two possessions or fewer
• The Broncos are averaging 7.2 steals per game in their last five contests

This will be the 82nd meeting between these two teams, with the Broncos holding a 52-29 advantage in the all-time series against the Huskies. The rivalry dates back to Feb. 13, 1948, when the Broncos beat the Huskies 59-57 in Kalamazoo. WMU is 15-5 against the Huskies under head coach Steve Hawkins, including seven straight victories in the series. WMU has not lost a game in Kalamazoo since March 4, 2006.

The Broncos have won 12 of the last 14 meetings between the teams, including a 71-34 pasting of the Huskies earlier this season. David Brown led all players with 13 points in the game, and the Broncos shot 54.3 percent from the field in the victory. It was the lowest points allowed total by the Broncos since they beat Olivet 53-33 during the 1947-48 season.

Nate Hutcheson reached a major personal milestone in the game against Bowling Green, becoming just the 37th player in the history of the program to reach 1,000 career points. Hutcheson achieved the feat with time expiring in the first half, making a long jumper at the buzzer to reach 1,001 career points. He finished the game with 14 points, tying him with Jason Black for 36th on the career scoring list at 1,009 points.

Shayne Whittington continued his assault in the paint against Bowling Green on Wednesday, notching his eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Whittington's eight double-doubles are the most for a Bronco since Joe Reitz had 10 during the 2006-07 season.

Austin Richie broke a streak of games without reaching double digits, putting away 14 points against Bowling Green on Wednesday. Richie had not broken double figures in scoring since the very first conference game of the year, dropping 11 points on Akron on Jan. 9.

David Brown has shown the ability to come off the bench and spark the Broncos to quick points so far in 2012-13, providing them with punch from the bench. Brown is averaging 11.0 points per game since returning from injury this season, and has recorded 13 or more points in six different games. He had his first career 20-point effort against Kent State, dropping 22 on the Golden Flashes in the win.