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MAC Basketball Recap: Jackson State Tigers vs. Central Michigan Chippewas

Central Michigan weathers the storm, hold on to defeat the Jackson State Tigers 70-63 on Friday night in McGuirk Arena.

NCAA Basketball: Central Michigan at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson State brought a ton of energy in this game, but the Central Michigan Chippewas were able to weather the storm and defeat the visiting Tigers, 70-63 on Friday night inside McGuirk Arena. Central Michigan moves to 6-1 with the win, and Jackson State falls to 2-6 early on in the season.

David DiLeo led the way for CMU, as he scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. Shawn Roundtree added 16 points of his own, also grabbing three rebounds and dishing out four assists. Cecil Williams added 11 points and four rebounds, and Gavin Peppers added nine points, as well as three rebounds and three assists for the Chippewa cause.

Central Michigan came out of the gates a little sluggish, but was able to turn it around in the second half, as more and more of their shots began to fall. The Chips, altogether, connected on 52% of their shot attempts on the night, while also connecting on eight of their 18 three-point shots. CMU also cashed in at the charity stripe, as they made 16 of their 19 attempts at the line. The Chips out rebounded the Tigers 32-31, but mostly on the defensive end, which was 25-17.

Paris Collins led the way for the energetic Jackson State Tigers, as he notched a double double, scoring 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Maurice Rivers added 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, Jeremiah Jefferson added 11 points, and Chace Franklin added nine points for JSU, but it wasn't enough to get past the Chippewas.

The Tigers shot 39% from the field, while connecting on eight of their 21 shots from beyond the arc. JSU made all five of their attempts from the free throw line. Central Michigan only committed nine team fouls all game.

Central Michigan will look to keep this winning streak alive as they host Montana State on Tuesday, December 5th. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN3.

Jackson State will look to bounce back after this loss, as they travel to Ruston, Louisiana to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Tip is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 9th.