KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Mike Williams scored 19 points and
Western Michigan clinched its first Mid-American Conference West
championship in six years with an 86-55 win over Central Michigan
The Broncos (21-3, 13-2 MAC) led by as many as 32 points and won
their 18th consecutive home game, sweeping their instate rivals for
the first time in six years. Levi Rost added 18 points off the
bench and Ben Reed scored 14 for Western, which trailed just once,
Kevin Nelson led Central Michigan (5-21, 1-14) with 12 points.
He was the only Chippewa in double figures. Central starter Adam
Dentlinger didn't score at all.
With help from Toledo's overtime loss to Bowling Green, the
Broncos won their first division title since 1998, the year of the
school's last appearance in the NCAAs.
Rost had a career-high nine rebounds for the Broncos, who
outrebounded the Chippewas 41-31. Williams scored three consecutive
baskets in an early 13-0 run that put Western up, 13-2. Its lead
never dropped under nine points after that.
Central, suffering the most lopsided loss of its conference
schedule, committed 24 turnovers, including five in a row during
Western's 13-0 run.
The Chippewas shot 38.5 percent (20-of-52) while Western made
half (30-of-60) of its shots.