W. Michigan 78, Fairleigh Dickinson 61
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) _ Jim Havrilla scored 16 points and Western Michigan used a 19-6 first-half run to open the season with a 78-61 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday.
Havrilla and Darrick Brooks each had four points and Sean Wightman had five as the Broncos turned an early 9-4 lead into a 28-10 advantage 7:34 before halftime.
Western led 43-25 at the half and pushed the margin as high as 29 in the second half.
Brooks added 15 points for Western and Leon McGeen had 14. Tony Warren led the Knights with 11.
The 17-point victory margin was the largest for Western coach Bob Donewald since he took over at the start of the 1989-90 season.
Fairleigh Dickinson shot just 35 percent for the game, including 22 percent in the first half. The Broncos hit 53 percent of their shots for the game and 60 percent in the first half.