The Lakehawks cut a 109-87 deficit after the third quarter to 140-135 with 8.7 seconds remaining.
Ralph Monday drained a four-point shot with 2.4 seconds left but West Michigan couldn’t foul quick enough to stop the clock as time expired.
Josh Langford led the late comeback for West Michigan, scoring 20 of his game-high 45 points in the final quarter.
“I’m excited on how we finished the game tonight, being down 22 points to start the 4th period,” said Lakehawks Coach Ron Jenkins. “The guys bonded much better and depended on each other to finish strong.”
Aaron Davis tallied a triple double for West Michigan with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Terry Walker scored 21 points and had eight rebounds and five assists while Lou Williams came through with 18 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.