The nation’s leading scorer continues to shine, as Marcus Keene led all scorers with 40 points, and dished out 11 assists, and grabbing seven rebounds, as the Central Michigan Chippewas defeated the Green Bay Phoenix, 107-97 to complete the season sweep on Tuesday night in McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas move to 8-2 on the season, and the Phoenix fall to 4-5.
Not only did Keene leave his mark, as Braylon Rayson added 30 points of his own. Cecil Williams added 12 points, and David DiLeo also added 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Luke Meyer made his presence felt, as he also grabbed 10 rebounds and added five points.
Kerem Kanter, younger brother of NBA player Enes Kanter, led the way for Green Bay, as he scored 23 points and grabbed a two rebounds. Charles Cooper added 16 points, Jamar Hurdle added 14 points with five rebounds, and Khalil Small scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists. Trevor Anderson also had 12 points for the Phoenix.
In this very high scoring game, both teams shot above 45% from the field, as the Chippewas connected on 36 of 79 attempted shots for a 45.6% clip, and the Phoenix made 38 out of 74 attempts, which is good for a 51.4% clip.
The big difference in this game was the ability to make the three point shot. 3MU connected on 15 three pointers out of 38 attempts, which is good for 39.5% from downtown. Green Bay was only able to convert on 4 out of 19 attempts, good for only a 21.1% clip from beyond the arc.
Central Michigan was also able to convert at the free throw line, as they made 20 out of 23 on the night, which is 87%. Green Bay made 17 of 23 from the charity stripe, good for 73.9%.
Even though the Phoenix shot a high clip, the Chippewa defense was able to force 18 turnovers and block three shots on the night. The Green Bay defense forced 11 Chippewa turnovers and block four shots of their own.
Green Bay was able to make this a close game with 5:46 to go, as a jumper from Trevor Anderson made it 85-84. After the under 4 minute media timeout, the Chippewas got out to a 101-89 lead and never looked back, as Marcus Keene would add to his phenomenal night with a few late three pointers to seal the victory.
Central Michigan looks to continue their great shooting, as they travel to Champaign, Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois on Saturday, December 10th. Tip is set for 3 p.m.