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Bowling Green Falcons vs. Central Michigan Chippewas men's basketball recap: CMU strings together a third consecutive win, 77-65

Chris Fowler lead all scorers with 27 points, as the Chippewas win their third straight game (and a season sweep of the Falcons) on the way to tying up the MAC West.

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Well, uh, so much for pressing the panic button in Mt. Pleasant.

Chris Fowler turned it on tonight, leading all scorers with 27 points while also dishing out 5 assists, as Central Michigan (12-9, 5-3 MAC) defeated Bowling Green (13-8, 4-4 MAC), 77-65.

Braylon Rayson, fresh off a game in which he scored his 1,000th point against Miami, scored 19 points and grabbed 2 rebounds. Rayshawn Simmons also had double digit points for the Chippewas, adding 10 points and 6 rebounds to the score box. John Simons was able to attempt a few shots today, as other teams were able to contain him. Simons went 3 of 6 from the field with 9 points on 3 three pointers. With Simons getting his chance to shoot again, he can build on this game, and look forward to the next game as they look to continue to gain ground in the MAC.

For Bowling Green, three different Falcons had double digit points. Spencer Parker had 13 points and 4 rebounds, Rasheed Worrell had 12 points and 7 rebounds, and Zack Denny had 11 points and 7 rebounds. The Falcons kept the game close for the first half, but just couldn't hold on as CMU took the halftime lead and never looked back. The Falcons did manage to bring it within 10, but it was too little too late. With this win, the Chippewas continue to gain some ground in the MAC, as they move in a tie atop the MAC West with the Northern Illinois Huskies.

In this game, both teams were able to convert from the free-throw line, as Central shot 76% and Bowling Green shot 74%. Central Michigan had the edge in three pointers, as they made 9 out of their 22 attempted threes, while the Falcons made a miserly 2 out of their 12 attempts. Central Michigan seems to always be out-rebounded, but find a way to win games. This was the case in this game as well, as the Falcons out-rebounded the Chippewas, 42-37. It wasn't the most technically clean of games, but Bowling Green committed 14 turnovers to the Chippewas' 11, which proved to be a key factor in deciding the game.

Central Michigan looks to continue their three-game winning streak, as they host the co-MAC leaders Kent State on Tuesday. Tip is set for 7 p.m, and will be aired on the American Sports Network and ESPN3.

Bowling Green looks to shake off this tough road loss, as they return home to host the Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday. Tip is set for 7 p.m., and will be aired on ESPN3.

Game Leaders

Player Central Michigan Bowling Green
Points Chris Fowler (27) Spencer Parker (13)
Rebounds John Simons (8) Z.Denny/R. Worrell (7)
Assists Chris Fowler (5) Four tied (1)
Blocks Luke Meyer (4) Rasheed Worrell (3)
Steals Chris Fowler (3) JD Tisdale (3)