W. Michigan 67, Bowling Green 56

Demetrius Ward scored 14 points, Flenard Whitfield added 12 and

10 rebounds and Western Michigan advanced in the Mid-American

Conference tournament with a 67-56 quarterfinal win over Bowling

Green on Thursday.

Whitfield converted a three-point play early in the second half

as the second-seeded Broncos (20-11) used a 15-6 burst to pull away

from the seventh-seeded Falcons (14-19), who have won only two MAC

tourney games since 2005.

The MAC’s West champion, Western Michigan will play the

Akron-Miami (Ohio) game winner in Friday’s first semifinal.

Ward made three 3-pointers in the opening 5 minutes and Western

Michigan took advantage of early foul trouble against Bowling

Green’s A’uston Calhoun. The Falcons’ leading scorer picked up

three personals in the first 7 minutes and had to sit the rest of

the half.

Dee Brown scored 17 points and Mike Dabney 15 for the