KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Shayne Whittington scored 23 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had four steals to lead Western Michigan past Buffalo 71-60 on Saturday night.
Darius Paul had 15 points and eight rebounds, David Brown chipped in with 13 and Western Michigan (14-7, 6-2 Mid-American) out-rebounded the Bulls 40-30 while forcing Buffalo to commit 20 turnovers. The Broncos were 21 of 32 from the free-throw line.
Tony Watson hit a pair of free throws mid-way through the second half to cut Western Michigan's lead to one, 43-42, but the Broncos responded with a 28-18 run the rest of the game to secure the win.
Watson ended his night with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Bulls.
Javon McCrea had 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, pulled 10 rebounds and had two assists to lead Buffalo (8-14, 3-5), which shot 41.2 percent from the field and was 6 of 20 from beyond the arc.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.