The Western Michigan men’s basketball team dominated from the opening tip until the final buzzer on Saturday, clinching a trip to the NCAA Tournament and winning the 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament title with a 98-77 victory over the Toledo Rockets at Quicken Loans Arena. The Broncos improve to 23-9 on the season, and will find out at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 who they will face in the NCAA Tournament.

The trip to the NCAA Tournament will be the fourth in program history for the Broncos, and the first since the 2003-04 season. It is the second time WMU has won the MAC's season-ending event.

David Brown and Shayne Whittington were each named to the MAC All-Tournament team, with Brown earning Tournament MVP honors; he is the first Bronco to take the honor since Mike Williams led WMU to the NCAA Tournament at the end of the 2004 season. Brown averaged 24.0 points per game over two contests, including a game- and career-high 32 points in the championship effort against Toledo. Whittington averaged 19.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game, and recorded his 14th double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 boards against the Rockets.

Freshman Tucker Haymond contributed to the Broncos’ win on Saturday, dropping a career-high 21 points on the Rockets while also grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out two assists. Connar Tava played just 21 minutes but went 5-of-5 from the field for 13 points. The Broncos shot 55.7 percent from the field as a team, including a sizzling 19-of-28 (.679) in the second half to seal the deal against the Rockets.

The Broncos opened up their lead early in the second half, going from a one-possession lead at the break to three-possession advantage in minutes. Whittington knocked down a baseline jumper over Nathan Boothe to make it 48-42 with 18:40 to play. Tava made an old-fashioned three-point play just over a minute later to extend the lead to nine points, and Haymond drilled a three-pointer from the wing to give WMU a double-digit advantage, making it 64-53 with 12:50 left on the clock.

The lead wavered between single and double-digits for a while, but Brown kept it at 10+ points for good with a drive down the lane and a make with 5:30 to play, giving WMU a 76-65 edge. Brown added a pair of free throws to up the lead to 14 points, and Austin Richie made it a 90-72 game with a drive and lay-up with 1:40 to play. The largest lead of the night came at the very end with the Bronco bench on the floor; Charles Harris went with an up-and-under to make it 96-77, and Von Washington laid it in with 14 seconds remaining to turn it into a 21-point runaway.