Western takes a seven-point lead into halftime after CMU went scoreless for six minutes, 34 seconds after taking a 4-3 lead. WMU led by as much as 15-4 before Marcus Van hit a layup with 11:04 remaining in the half.
A surprise: After WMU starting shooting guard Shantes Gary went out with two early fouls, senior Andre Ricks came in and filled the void nicely. He has 11 points at half, including three 3-pointers, which is surprising because of his just 2-of-15 shooting from the arc coming in and only a 2.3 points-per-game average.
Inside game: Stifled early, CMU finally found a way to get the ball inside to senior center Marcus Van, who leads the team with 8 points.
Looking at fouls: Four WMU players (senior forward Derek Drews, senior guard Michael Redell, Gary and freshman forward LeMarcus Lowe) each have two, so we'll see how that pans out it the second half. Meanwhile, it's a little bit of a surprise that CMU only has one player with more than one foul (junior point guard Robbie Harman with 2). CMU is used to committing a lot of fouls, but only had six called on them in the first half. The refs are letting them play for the most part, much to the ire of a large Rose Arena crowd.
Stay tuned for additional coverage following the conclusion of this Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.