2009–10 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team

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2009–2010 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference West Division
2009–2010 record 18–15 (8–8 MAC)
Head coach Steve Hawkins
Assistant coach Bacari Alexander
Assistant coach Clayton Bates
Assistant coach Rick Carter
Home arena University Arena
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Kent State 13 3   .813     24 10   .706
Akron 12 4   .750     24 11   .686
Miami 9 7   .563     14 18   .438
Buffalo 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
Ohio 7 9   .438     22 15   .595
Bowling Green 6 10   .375     14 16   .467
West
Central Michigan 9 7   .563     15 15   .500
Eastern Michigan 8 8   .500     17 15   .531
Western Michigan 8 8   .500     18 15   .545
Ball State 8 8   .500     15 15   .500
Northern Illinois 6 10   .375     10 20   .333
Toledo 1 15   .063     4 28   .125
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team was a NCAA Division I college basketball team representing Western Michigan University. The team was the two-time defending Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division champion. WMU was coached by Steve Hawkins who was in his seventh season as head coach of the school. The Broncos played their home games at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They finished the season 18–15, 8–8 in MAC play and lost in the semifinals of the 2010 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament.

Pre-season[edit]

Western Michigan was picked to finish fifth in the MAC's West Division by members of the MAC News Media Panel.[1] The Broncos received four first-place votes.[1] Senior guard David Kool was selected to the All-MAC West Division Pre-season team.[1]

This season also marked the return of assistant coach Clayton Bates who had left the team for a season in order to work in the private sector.[2] Bates previously served as assistant coach at Western Michigan for eight seasons.[2] Bates replaced former assistant coach Andy Hipsher. Hipsher left WMU to become director of basketball operations at USF.[3]

Awards[edit]

  • David Kool
    • All-MAC West Division Pre-season team
    • West Division Player of the Week
      • Week 5 – For the week, Kool averaged 23.5 points per game on 45.7% shooting, 42.9% shooting from three-point range and 100% shooting from the free throw line. Against Eastern Illinois, Kool produced the highest-scoring game of any player in the MAC this season with 34 points. He made a career-high eight three-pointers out of a career-high 11 field goals in 18 attempts.[4]
      • Week 6 – In WMU's only game of the week, Kool led his team over Kennesaw State with 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kool scored nine of WMU's final 11 points of the game, including a three-pointer with 2:16 remaining that gave WMU the lead for the rest of the game.[5]
    • Mid-American Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Week [6]
      • Week 15 (Dec. 18)
      • Week 16 (Dec. 23)
      • Week 18 (Jan. 8)
  • Martelle McLemore
    • West Division Player of the Week
      • Week 2 – Set career highs with 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists against VCU. McLemore converted on 9–13 from the field, including 8–9 on two-point field goals and 3–3 free throw shooting.[7]
  • Alex Wolf
    • West Division Player of the Week
      • Week 7 – Wolf earned player of the week honors based on his performance at the Diamond Head Classic.
    • Mid-American Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Week
      • Week 17 (Jan. 1)

Diamond Head Classic[edit]

Diamond Head Classic surprise Alex Wolf, in a game against the University of Illinois.

The Broncos finished fifth out of eight teams in the December 2009 Diamond Head Classic. After losing the first game to eventual champion USC, WMU defeated Northeastern and the College of Charleston to finish the tournament 2–1. Western Michigan led USC 27–18 at the half and 47–46 with 4:24 to go in the game.[8] WMU gave champion USC their toughest game of the tournament.[9]

The tournament was the breakout performance for junior walk-on guard Alex Wolf, who scored 28 total points in the final two games of the tournament. Wolf had scored only 11 career points until the point. In the tournament, Wolf earned career highs in points (15) and rebounds (5) and made his first career three-point field goal. Wolf averaged 11 points, four rebounds and one assist per game and made six out of eight three-point field goals and four out of six free throws. For his accomplishments, Wolf was named MAC West Co-Player of the Week.[10]


Roster[edit]

No. Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown (Previous school)
25 David Brown G 6'3" 213 Fr. Roscoe, IL (Hononegah)
32 Muhammed Conteh F/C 6'7" 232 So. Bloomington, IN (Providence School)
5 Mike Douglas G 6'0" 177 So. Detroit, MI (Finney)
22 Austin Harper G 6'2" 176 Fr. Grand Haven, MI (Grand Haven)
11 Nate Hutcheson F 6'7" 206 Fr. Marion, IA (Linn-Mar)
23 David Kool G 6'3" 213 Sr. Grand Rapids, MI (South Christian)
24 Donald Lawson C 6'10" 243 Sr. Chicago, IL (Leo Catholic)
3 Martelle McLemore G/F 6'5" 205 Sr. Detroit, MI (Consortium Prep)
10 Brandon Pokley G 6'4" 176 Fr. Clarkston, MI (Clarkston)
50 Nick Stapert C 6'8" 230 Fr. Gobles, MI (Gobles)
1 Demetrius Ward G 6'3" 208 So. Detroit, MI (Pershing)
33 Flenard Whitfield F 6'7" 222 So. Detroit, MI (Martin Luther King)
21 Shane Whittington C 6'10" 210 Fr. Paw Paw, MI (Lawrence)
15 Alex Wolf G 6'0" 198 Jr. Parchment, MI (Parchment)

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/7/09* 2:00pm Kalamazoo College University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 78–52[11]  2,097 0–0
11/11/09* 7:00pm Spring Arbor University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 81–51[12]  2,644 0–0
Regular Season
11/15/09* 3:00pm at Detroit Calihan HallDetroit, MI L 86–80[13]  3,840 0–1
11/18/09* 7:00pm VCU University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 83–67[14]  2,654 1–1
11/23/09* 8:00pm at Loyola (IL) Gentile CenterChicago, IL WYIN, ESPN Full Court L 60–58[15]  1,848 1–2
11/28/09* 2:00pm Holy Cross University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 64–54[16]  2,671 2–2
12/1/09* 7:00pm Temple University ArenaKalamazoo, MI L 76–70[17]  3,086 2–3
12/9/09* 8:30pm at Eastern Illinois Lantz ArenaCharleston, IL W 69–58[18]  1,033 3–3
12/13/09* 2:30pm at Illinois Assembly HallUrbana, IL Big Ten Network L 88–53[19]  14,886 3–4
12/19/09* 4:00pm Kennesaw State University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 72–64[20]  2,612 4–4
12/22/09* 5:00pm vs. USC Stan Sheriff CenterHonolulu, HI
(Diamond Head Classic)
ESPNU L 55–51[21]  6,892 4–5
12/23/09* 3:00pm vs. Northeastern Stan Sheriff CenterHonolulu, HI
(Diamond Head Classic)
ESPNU W 75–60[22]  N/A 5–5
12/25/09* 4:30pm vs. College of Charleston Stan Sheriff CenterHonolulu, HI
(Diamond Head Classic)
W 66–63[23]  5,402 6–5
1/3/09* 2:00pm Sam Houston State University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 74–73[24]  2,693 7–5
1/5/09* 7:00pm Michigan–Dearborn University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 86–45[25]  2,362 8–5
1/9/09 4:00pm Eastern Michigan University ArenaKalamazoo, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
W 61–47[26]  3,224 9–5 (1–0)
1/13/09 8:00pm at Northern Illinois Convocation CenterDeKalb, IL L 87–77[27]  1,463 9–6 (1–1)
1/16/09 2:00pm Central Michigan University ArenaKalamazoo, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
W 70–61[28]  4,656 10–6 (2–1)
1/20/09 7:00pm at Ball State Worthen ArenaMuncie, IN L 75–68[29]  3,032 10–7 (2–2)
1/23/09 2:00pm Toledo University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 73–41[30]  3,521 11–7 (3–2)
1/27/09 7:00pm Akron University ArenaKalamazoo, MI L 79–70[31]  3,041 11–8 (3–3)
1/30/09 2:00pm at Kent State Memorial Athletic and Convocation CenterKent, OH Fox Sports Detroit[32] L 74–73[33]  3,961 11–9 (3–4)
2/1/09 7:00pm at Buffalo Alumni ArenaBuffalo, NY W 85–70[34]  1,301 12–9 (4–4)
2/4/09 7:00pm Miami University ArenaKalamazoo, MI L 56–54[35]  3,032 12–10 (4–5)
2/6/09 2:00pm Bowling Green University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 65–64[36]  3,515 13–10 (5–5)
2/9/09 7:00pm at Ohio Convocation CenterAthens, OH L 90–74[37]  2,880 13–11 (5–6)
2/14/09 2:00pm at Eastern Michigan Convocation CenterYpsilanti, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
Fox Sports Detroit[38] L 66–52[39]  1,094 13–12 (5–7)
2/17/09 7:00pm Northern Illinois University ArenaKalamazoo, MI Fox Sports Detroit Plus[40] W 90–81[41]  3,016 14–12 (6–7)
2/20/09* 3:00pm at Southern Illinois SIU ArenaCarbondale, IL
(BracketBusters)
L 89–72[42]  4,151 14–13
2/24/09 7:00pm at Toledo Savage ArenaToledo, OH W 61–41[43]  3,398 15–13 (7–7)
2/27/09 6:30pm at Central Michigan Rose ArenaMt. Pleasant, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
Fox Sports Detroit[44] L 74–66[45]  3,504 15–14 (7–8)
3/4/09 7:00pm Ball State University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 67–52[46]  3,121 16–14 (8–8)
MAC Tournament
3/7/09 2:00pm Bowling Green University ArenaKalamazoo, MI
(MAC Tournament First Round)
W 75–73[47]  1,786 17–14
3/11/09 12:00pm vs. Central Michigan Quicken Loans ArenaCleveland, OH
(MAC Tournament Quarterfinals)
Fox Sports Detroit W 69–60[48]  N/A 18–14
3/12/09 7:00pm vs. Akron Quicken Loans ArenaCleveland, OH
(MAC Tournament Semifinals)
ESPN Full Court L 66–64[49]  N/A 18–15
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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