HPU men visit Western Michigan
Better perimeter defense will loom as one of the priorities for the High Point University men’s basketball team when it takes the court tonight at Western Michigan for its second straight road game (WMFR radio, 7 p.m.).
The Broncos couldn’t be blamed for salivating over the prospect of shooting from 3-point distance after Indiana State went a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc while rallying past the Panthers on Sunday. The Sycamores also made 70 percent of all their field goal attempts in the period.
Western, riding a four-game winning streak after losing its opener to Cornell, is shooting just 36 percent from 3-point range as senior guard Brandon Pokley, at 48 percent, is the only Bronco hitting at more than a 40 percent clip from long distance.
The Broncos have four players averaging in double figures, led by 6-7 senior forward Nate Hutcheson at 14.8 points per game. Hutcheson scored 30 against Loyola-Chicago and has earned player of the week honors in the Mid-America Conference. The leading rebounder is 6-10 junior center Shayne Wittington at 8.4 boards per game.
Western, located in Kalamazoo, should be well rested, having last played Nov. 18 in a win over South Florida. The Broncos are doing well on the defensive end of the floor, having held opponents to 55.6 points per game.