Broncos Sparkle In Exhibition Debut Over Hornets
The Broncos out-rebounded the Hornets 63-34 on the evening, dominating in the categories of points in the paint (56, compared to Kalamazoo College's 12), and second chance points (23 to 13.) Nate Hutecheson was the leading rebounder on the evening, recording a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds in just 14 minutes of work.
Freshman Connar Tava was the chief offensive threat for the Broncos, going 7 of 7 from the field and recording a game-high 21 points. Senior Brandon Pokley notched 15 points, freshman forward Darius Paul 12, and Dan Loney chipped in 11 points off the bench to round out the players with double-digit scoring.
The Broncos were on fire from the outset, opening the game on a 14-0 run through nearly the first five minutes of play. Tava had the honors of recording the first points of the season when he corralled an offensive rebound on his own shot and tipped it in at the 18:55 mark; he would go on to grab a defensive rebound on the next possession, dish the ball to Pokley, and promptly turn Pokley's subsequent feed into points with a lay-up. Pokley would drill a three-pointer to make the score 7-0 with 17:52 remaining in the first, and Jared Klein would knock down a jumper at the 15:19 mark to cap the run.
The Hornets pushed back, though, and at one point cut the lead to a single point when Mark Ghafari's three-pointer at the 10:22 mark made it 18-17. Tava would score on a lay-up on the next possession, though, and the Broncos went back on the attack. Tava took a no-look feed from Paul in traffic and laid it in at the 7:31 mark, making it 29-19, and the Broncos would close the half on a 26-9 run to set the halftime score at 44-26, thanks to a pair of free throws from Loney.
The Broncos would blow the game open in the second half, eventually jumping out to a huge lead against the Hornets. The lead reached 20 points for the first time when Tava recorded a lay-up to open the second half; he drew the foul from KC's Carter Goetz as well, and made the ensuing free throw to make it 47-26. The teams would keep it near that deficit for a little over six minutes, when Loney scored on a fast break lay-up at the 13:50 mark to expand the lead to 34 points.
Tava made a jumper at the 11:32 mark to expand the lead to 28 points, and the deficit would reach 30 points when Perry scored on a fast break lay-up at the 10:46 mark to make it 69-39.The lead swelled 41 points when A.J. Avery scored at the 4:25 mark of the half, and things hit the high-water mark at 1:49 when Von Washington III knocked down a long-range jumper to make it 93-48.