Central Michigan Chippewas lost their first game of the season Monday night after squandering a late lead, 63-60.
The Chippewas (2-1) tried to get hot with their 3-point shots, but the big difference in the game was the Weber State Wildcats' ability to get to the free throw line. The Wildcats got to the line 31 times making 24, whereas the Chippewas only had 11 attempts.
An undoing for both teams was relying on the three point shot as both teams were absolutely awful from behind the arc. Central Michigan shot 11-for-40, while Weber State only made three. If these teams want to compete in their respective conferences they'll need to shore up their three point shooting and take higher percentage shots. DaRohn Scott and Josh Kozinski combined 22 points off the bench.
Joel Bolomboy gave the Wildcats his maximum effort posting a double-double with 19 points (7-for-11) and 15 rebounds. The Chippewa's edged out the Wildcats in the rebounding battle but it was mostly due to all of their offensive rebounds on their missed three point field goals. Jeremy Senglin of the Wildcats also had a great game going for 18 points and 3 assists on 5-for-13 shooting.
Central Michigan's next opponent is Western Kentucky at 2:30 pm as the Gulf Coast showcase continues Tuesday afternoon.