David DiLeo led Central Michigan with 22 points and six rebounds, as the Chippewas held on to defeat the Wofford Terriers, 98-94, and advance to the quarterfinals of the CIT.
Five Chippewas scored in double digits on the night, including DiLeo. Kevin McKay did a little bit of everything, as he scored 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists. Josh Kozinski added 18 points, making six of 10 from three-point range. Cecil Williams scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists, and Shawn Roundtree Jr. scored 11 points and dished out seven assists.
Central Michigan was able to knock down 33 of their 67 (49%) shots on the evening. The Chippewas kept their hot shooting from beyond the arc, as #3MU made 17 of their 38 (45%) shots from three-point range. CMU also kept their stroke at the free throw line, as the Chippewas were a perfect 15 for 15 (100%) on their shots at the charity stripe.
Fletcher Magee led all scorers with 37 points on the night. Cameron Jackson added 22 points, and grabbed nine rebounds. Jackson also dished out five assists. Nathan Hoover scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds as well.
Wofford knocked down 34 of their 63 (54%) shot attempts. The Terriers were also showing off from beyond the arc, as they made 15 of their 31 (48%) shots from long range. Wofford couldn’t make their late free throws, and finished 11 of 16 (69%) from the line.
This game was action packed for the people who enjoy watching high scoring affairs. It seemed that whenever one team tried to pull away, the other would answer right back with a little run of their own.
Central Michigan started off red hot, nailing three pointers from long range at will. Wofford was able to weather the early Chippewa storm, and take the lead going into halftime, as the Terriers led 42-41.
Central Michigan would continue to answer everything Wofford would through at them, as the Terriers would do the same throughout the second half. Near the end, as Wofford was trying to foul to extend the game, Jackson was trailing Williams and was called for a clear lane foul, much to the dislike of the crowd. Williams would make both free throws to give the Chippewas a 95-91 lead with :13 remaining in the game.
Fletcher Magee would give it one last shot, as he nailed a long three to cut the lead short, but the Chippewas were able to make their free throws to put this game on ice.
Central Michigan will survive and advance to the quarterfinals of the CIT.