Four different Chippewas scored in double figures, as Central Michigan held on to defeat Tennessee Tech, 74-69 on Saturday afternoon inside McGuirk Arena. Central Michigan moves to 8-1 with the victory, and Tennessee Tech falls to 7-4 with the loss early on in the season.
Cecil Williams and Shawn Roundtree led the way for the Central Michigan Chippewas, as they both scored 17 points each. Williams also grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists, and Roundtree grabbed five rebounds and gave out two assists. David DiLeo scored 14 points and snagged seven rebounds, and Kevin McKay scored 10 points and had six rebounds for the Chippewas, as they were able to get the win.
CMU connected on 46% of their shot attempts, going 23 of 50 on the day. The Chippewas connected on nine of their 24 attempts from beyond the arc, and also made 19 of their 24 attempts at the free throw line. The two teams fought to about even in the rebound category, as the Golden Eagles grabbed one more rebound, 37-36.
Four different Golden Eagles also scored in double figures. Curtis Phillips led the way, as he scored 14 points and Mason Ramsey scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Kajon Mack and Aleksa Jugovic scored 12 each and combined for 11 rebounds and five assists.
The Golden Eagles made 41% of their shots on the afternoon, going 27 of 66 from the field. Of those shots, 21 of them were threes and they connected on eight of them. Tennessee Tech also made seven of their 14 free throw attempts on the day.
Tennessee Tech came back in this game after leading most of the first half, as Mason Ramsey made a jump shot to pull the Golden Eagles within one with :27 seconds remaining. Cecil Williams was able to fight through contact and convert on an and-one opportunity to make the score 73-69 with :13 seconds left. The Golden Eagles missed two three point chances and DiLeo was able to make one more free throw to seal the win for CMU.
Central Michigan will look to extend their winning streak, as they travel to Cedar City, Utah to take on the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. Tip is set for 2:30 on Saturday, December 16th.
Tennessee Tech will look to get back on the winning side, as they return home to host the Chattanooga Mocs. Tip is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th.