The Zips looked a little tight to open the game going into the halftime shooting under 30 percent for the game. Lucky for them, Western Michigan was a little bit worse. And they couldn’t be faulted for all of it, as the ball not only took some funky bounces, but it also seemed to have a mind of its own with respect to rolling out of the rim. Shots that would normally fall 9-of-10 games wanted nothing to do with going through the net.
After making their living inside for the past five games, the team relied more on outside shooting and used it to come out in the second half and take control of the game. A 16-4 run sparked very quickly by five points from guard Brian Walsh (12 points, six rebounds) and some nice play from forward Nick Harney (15 points, four rebounds).
Pat Forsythe delivered when foul trouble forced Zeke Marshall to the bench with 11:08 left in the game. He delivered exactly what the Zips needed – an aggressive force inside and some tough play to finish the game with 12 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes.