It may only be three games, but Central Michigan hasn't lost yet. More importantly, they really haven't even been tested yet.
The Chips overpowered yet another opponent, this time being the Maine Black Bears. Now, Maine isn't a known power in mid-major hoops, but when you're Central Michigan, wins over any Division 1 opponent are good wins. After beating Youngstown State soundly a few days ago, this was just the kind of game head coach Keno Davis was looking for.
The first half was all Chippewas on the offensive end, as the team shot sixty percent from the floor to Maine's lowly thirty percent. Leading 44-21 at halftime, the game was pretty much over after just twenty minutes. Defensively, Central Michigan dominated as well. Maine's carelessness with the ball combined with Central Michigan's stout defense led to ten first half turnovers for the Black Bears.
The second half was more of the same, although Maine didn't struggle as mightily. The Chips cruised for the last ten minutes of the game, making sure that the reserves got as much playing time as possible and the deep bench players got to see the floor.
John Simons led the way for Central Michigan with seventeen points on 5-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Simons didn't miss a shot the entire game, which is pretty impressive. Freshman Luke Meyer had yet another solid game, scoring ten while playing 21 minutes. Senior Austin Keel also got into double figures with ten points and five rebounds.
Marko Pirovic was the leading scorer for Maine, scoring just eleven. That's the type of stat that tells the story of the game right there.
Central Michigan plays again on Sunday in the second game of their own tournament that they are hosting. They'll take on lowly Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 12:30 and should improve their record to 4-0.