KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Demetrius Ward scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half and Western Michigan defeated Southern Illinois 54-43 on Sunday.
David Brown had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Broncos (2-7), and Matt Stainbrook added 13 points. Western Michigan got all but one of its points from its starting five, shot 36 percent from the field and owned a 47-30 rebounding edge.
Mamadou Seck had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Salukis (1-5). T.J. Lindsay added 11 points as the Salukis made 29 percent from the field.
Western Michigan took advantage when Southern Illinois went scoreless for more than 11 minutes during the first half. Still, the Broncos only owned a 21-14 lead at the half. Western Michigan shot just 32 percent in the first 20 minutes, while SIU made only 20 percent of its shots.