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Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: CMU falters again in Florida, loses 88-60

After this 88-60 loss to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, the Chippewas are in desperate need of their point guard, Chris Fowler, to return to action.

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We were all waiting for it to happen...and it finally did. It all came crashing down for the Chippewas, as the team suffered their worst loss in four years. The Chippewas trailed 36-19 at halftime, making only 8 out of an attempted 34 field goals. All game the Chips looked afraid to drive to the basket, thus forcing bad shot selection by everyone else on the court.

Against the Hilltoppers the Chips attempted 41 three pointers, only making 10 for a lowly 24 percent shooting mark from beyond the arc. Early in this season the three pointer doesn't seem to be there, and shooting out of the slump seems to be the route for the team. On the season, Central Michigan has made 38 three pointers out of an attempted 127, which makes for a really low 30 percent.

The Chips seemed to attempt more three pointers on the road in the Gulf Coast Showcase, as they have attempted 81 in this tournament, and only making 21 of them. This obviously is not working out for the Chips, and it is showing on the scoreboard and on the court, as they seem to lack the enthusiasm that the team played with last year.

Without field general and play caller Chris Fowler, the Chips have noticeably struggled to make shots. The team known as 3MU doesn't have a key leader, and without one, Central Michigan will most likely struggle to win ball games. The good sign for the Chippewas, it's not MAC season yet.

The Chippewas have one game remaining in the Gulf Coast Showcase, then they return for a much needed few days off, then return to McGuirk Arena to take on McNeese State on November 30th. Now sitting at 2-2, the Chips need to get back to their winning ways, and hopefully Fowler will return soon to get the team out of the hole that they seem to be digging themselves into.

Game Leaders

Player Western Kentucky Central Michigan
Points F. Edmond (16) B. Rayson (13)
Rebounds B. Lawson (12) R. Simmons (8)
Assists C. McNeal (6) R. Simmons (6)
Blocks B. Lawson (3) L. Meyer (2)
Steals Three tied (1) Four tied (1)