NICEVILLE, FLA.— Seth Hubbard’s basket with 2.5 seconds left propelled Western Michigan to its first victory of the season with a 68-67 decision past Southeastern Louisiana in the Emerald Coast Classic Friday afternoon at Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College.
Western Michigan will meet Mercer in a 12:30 p.m. contest Saturday. Southeastern Louisiana faces Tennessee State at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Western Michigan shot a season high 49 percent from the floor (25-51), while making a season-high 13 three-point baskets.
Hubbard finished with a game-high 18 points, while collecting six rebounds. Forward Owen Lobsinger added 14 points, while sharing game-high rebounding honors with teammate Titus Wright at eight.
The Broncos broke away from a 34-24 halftime lead by making four three-point baskets, including two from Hubbard in the opening four minutes to expand their advantage to 47-29.
But Hubbard picked up his fourth foul with 13:16 left in the game and the Lions took advantage, going on a 6-0 run in a 47 second span to gain a 59-55 lead following dunk by Dylan Canoville.
Canoville paced Southeastern Louisiana with a season-high 14 points, including 10 in the second half.
Southeastern Louisiana scored 28 points off Western Michigan turnovers. The Lions also out rebounded Western Michigan, 35-31.