Marreon Jackson had five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points for the Rockets (14-6, 6-1 Mid-American Conference), who have won a season-best six straight.
Thomas Wilder scored a career-high 40 points for Western Michigan (11-9, 3-4), which has lost four of its last five games.
A 5-0 spurt pulled the Broncos to 81-80 with 22 seconds left. Sanford made two from the line to stretch the Rockets' lead to 83-80 with 11 seconds to go. Wilder made a free throw and then intentionally missed the second attempt. The ball went out of bounds and Western Michigan kept possession with seven seconds left, but Sanford blocked Wilder's layup attempt and made two free throws to seal it.
No. 5 Tennessee, Williams ready for Georgia Tech
Teams with offenses that are off to a highly productive start meet Tuesday when No. 5 Tennessee hosts Georgia Tech in an early-season non-conference game pitting two Power 5 programs.
Unruh, Central Arkansas rout Univ. of the Ozarks 93-52
Thatch Unruh scored 18 points and Hayden Koval scored 15, 13 rebounds and three blocks to help Central Arkansas beat Division III-member University of the Ozarks 93-52 on Monday.
Carry gets Duquesne even, Dukes top UIC in overtime, 89-88
Sincere Carry scored twice in the final 11 seconds to force overtime and Marcus Weathers hit the second of two free throws with six seconds left in the extra period and Duquesne held off UIC 89-88 on Monday night in the second of four season-opening...