Central Michigan had a huge game on both ends of the court as they came out firing and did not stop, defeating Miami 105-77. Keno Davis and the Chips moved to 12-2 on the season and 2-1 in the MAC, while the Redhawks fell to 6-10 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Chippewas remain undefeated for the season when the play on their home court.
Central Michigan was dominant on the offensive end. Leading the CMU attack per usual, Chris Fowler totaled 16 points, while also contributing nine assists as he set up big shot after big shot. Besides Fowler, four other Chippewas scored in double digits, as CMU's depth once again made a significant difference on the court.
Among those in double digits were Austin Keel and Josh Kozinski, who both scored 13 in the first half. Keel finished with a season-high 15 points, while Kozinski ended the game with 19 points, with all but one of those coming from behind the arc. Other major contributors for the Chippewas were Rayshawn Simmons (14 points, 9 assists) and John Simons (15 points).
Miami looked a bit hungover coming off their big comeback victory against Eastern Michigan, but still managed a solid performance in defeat. The Redhawks were led by Eric Washington, who scored a game high 23 points while also contributing 6 assists. One area in which Miami was outclassed was on the boards, as the Redhawks only totaled 18 rebounds versus 26 for the Chippewas.
Shooting at an absolutely unreal pace, the Chippewas went into the half with a 28 point lead. The Chippewas shot 86% from outside and 79% overall from the field in the first half, ending up with 62 points against an absolutely baffled Miami defense. The Redhawks themselves put up a respectable 50% from the field and made 4 threes, but was completely unable to compete with the onslaught at the other end of the court. The second half saw things even up a bit, but the Redhawks were unable to mount a second huge comeback in a row.
The Chippewas continued their dominance from beyond the arc. On a consistent basis, CMU was able to confuse the Redhawk defense and to get open looks for players on the wings, helping the Chips to shoot 68% for the game from behind the arc. CMU ended the game with 19 threes, one short of the school record set earlier in the season against Southern Illinois.
The Redhawks travel to Buffalo for a rematch with the Bulls after losing at home to them a week ago, while the Chippewas travel to Akron to face the Zips and former CMU coach Keith Dambrot. Both of those games will be played this Saturday.