Western Michigan succeeded in chasing down missed shots. Unfortunately for the Broncos, too many of them were their own.
Western Michigan won the rebound battle but lost the game, falling 84-68 to No. 23 North Carolina State on Saturday.
The Broncos (8-5), who finished with a 42-32 rebound advantage, shot just 36 percent from the field. They racked up 22 offensive rebounds, equaling N.C. State's total for defensive boards, en route to building a 26-15 advantage in second-chance points.
''There's not a day that goes by in practice that we don't emphasize offensive and defensive rebounding,'' Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins said. ''In a game like this, I felt like our best chance of stopping their fast break was offensive rebounds.''
Nate Hutcheson scored 16 points to lead the Broncos. Shayne Whittington added 14 points and Darius Paul had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
For N.C. State (10-2), C.J. Leslie scored all 19 of his points in the final 23 minutes of the game.