Braylon Rayson lead all scorers with 24 points, adding 4 rebounds and 2 assists, as Central Michigan (9-7, 2-1 MAC) knocked off the Akron Zips (13-3, 2-1 MAC), 92-81. Three other Chippewas had double digit points, as Chris Fowler added 20, Rayshawn Simmons had 18 and Luke Meyer with 14 to help the Chippewas to their victory.
Reggie McAdams had 21 points to lead the Zips, but it wasn't enough, as Central Michigan pulled away late in this ball game. Noah Robotham had 19 points and 5 assists, Isaiah Johnson had 11 points, and Pat Forsythe had 10 points, but Akron wasn't able to score enough.
Central Michigan struggled to make the 3-point shot, only making 5 out of 20 from beyond the arc, but overall shot 47% from the field. With the height advantage that Akron sported over the smaller Chippewas, Simmons, Fowler and Rayson were able to drive to the basket and cause contact and get to the line.
The Chippewas also cashed in from the charity stripe, as they made 25 out of 28 free throws to help them to their 2nd conference victory of the season. The Chippewas haven't been known as a great free throw shooting team, but they were able to make them when they needed to.
Akron attempted more three pointers than Central Michigan, as they attempted 30 but only made 12 of them. It seems all season that teams that play against the Chippewas like to shoot the three just as much. With all of the drives from the Chippewas, Akron was forced to foul them, and hope for a missed free throw.
This game went back and forth throughout, as the game was tied at 40 halftime after an alley-oop from Austin Stewart. It wasn't till a few made three-pointers from Josh Kozinski and Braylon Rayson that the Chippewas had claimed their victory. Towards the end of regulation, Chris Fowler was fouled by Antonio Jackson, giving him his 5th personal, but he also picked up a technical foul, which put this game out of reach, as Akron would try to extend the game with fouls, but the Chippewas made there free throws.
The highlight of the game was this Luke Meyer put-back dunk that really got the fans out of their seats:
These two teams were picked in the preseason to meet for the MAC Championship in Cleveland so don't be surprised if we don't see these teams match-up again down the road.
Central Michigan looks to ride their two game streak into Buffalo to take on the Bulls in New York on Saturday, January 16th. Tip is set for 3:30 pm. .
Akron looks to stay on top in their division, as they travel to Toledo to take on the Rockets on Friday, January 15th. Tip is set for 7 pm.