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2017 MAC Men’s Basketball Recap: Miami RedHawks vs. Central Michigan Chippewas

Marcus Keene drops 50 points as Central Michigan defends home court, downing Miami 101-92.

The nation’s leading scorer put on a show for everyone in attendance, as Marcus Keene nailed 10 of 15 three pointers, and dropped 50 points, as Central Michigan overcame a 10 point halftime deficit to defeat Miami, 101-92. Central Michigan moves to 12-7 (2-4 MAC) with the win, and Miami falls to 8-11 (1-5 MAC).

Aside from Keene’s scoring outburst, Braylon Rayson scored 21 points and dished out six assists. No other Chippewa had more then 8 points, but a combined effort and the offense from the best scoring backcourt in the country was able to lead the Chippewas to come back and win this game.

Michael Weathers led the way for Miami, as he scored 24 points and dished out five assists, Marcus Weathers scored 19 and grabbed nine rebounds, Logan McLane scored 18 points and eight rebounds, and Jake Wright scored 16 points to pace the RedHawks.

After a controversial foul call late in the game, CMU head coach Keno Davis was ejected from the game and left the game in the hands of the assistant coaches.

This seemed to set a fire under the Chippewas offense, as Keene was unstoppable in the final seven minutes of the game; at one point, Keene went on a 26-point run for CMU in 5:25.

Keene finished 15-of-23 from the field, including 10-of-15 from three-point range and was perfect on ten free throws.

It was a day where no matter what shot he took or what the RedHawks tried to do to stop him, Keene just wouldn’t stop shooting.

With all this talk about Keene, Braylon Rayson gets lost in the mix, but he was able to find Keene for open looks. Rayson, in his own right, averages the third most points in the MAC.

Central Michigan shot 31 of 57 from the field, connecting on 20 of 33 three-pointers. The Chippewas were also able to make their free throws, as they made 19 of 21 free throws on the afternoon.

Miami made 34 of 67 attempts on the day, and was able to knock down 6 of their 21 three-pointers. Miami made 18 of 28 free throws, and wasn’t able to keep up with the scoring abilities of Keene and Rayson.

Central Michigan looks to get a winning streak going, as they host the Bowling Green Falcons on Tuesday, January 24. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN3.

Miami will look to shake off this five game losing streak, as they will host the Buffalo Bulls on Tuesday, January 24. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN3.