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The Western Michigan Broncos will advance to the Mid-American Conference's quarterfinals after defeating Northern Illinois 71-54 on Wednesday night. They will play the No. 4 seeded Kent State Thursday at 7 p.m., again at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Western Michigan was led by senior Mike Douglas, who scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the second half. Sophomore Matt Stainbrook was the game's leading rebounder with nine, which helped the Broncos to a 30-23 advantage there.
Western Michigan only led by three at the half, 31-28, and only by four in as many minutes into the second half, but a 17-1 run over the next six minutes put the game all but out of reach for the Huskies.
The winner of tomorrow night's game between the Broncos and Kent State will play Akron on Friday. Western Michigan lost to Akron in the MAC semis last year.