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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Recap: Bowling Green Falcons vs Central Michigan Chippewas

Keene and Rayson combine for 55 in Chips 82-76 win

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The Central Michigan Chippewas are a team built around the three-point shot. Most teams that try to beat them at their own game, usually don’t fare well. That’s exactly what happened to the Bowling Green Falcons on Tuesday night as they fell to the Chippewas, 82-76 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

The Falcons came into the game shooting 35 percent from three-point, and jacked up 31 of them in the game and made just seven (22%). Central Michigan attempted 37 three-pointers on the night, but again that’s part of their offensive game plan.

The Chippewas’ Marcus Keene followed up his record setting 50-point performance from Saturday, with 28 points. However he didn’t have a great shooting night, hitting on 7 of 20 field goals, including just 3 of 12 from beyond the arc. Keene’s running mate Braylon Rayson added 27 points of his own for Central Michigan.

The Chippewas had a 42-30 lead at halftime and extended that lead to 15 points several times early in the second half. Then, the Falcons started chipping away at that lead and eventually got it down to a four point game with six minutes remaining. However, Central Michigan was able to hold the Falcons off down the stretch.

The Falcons were led in scoring by freshman Rodrick Caldwell, who had 19 points, and senior Wes Alcegaire added 16. Falcon big man Demajeo Wiggins set a career high with 22 rebounds. He also added 11 points for another double-double for the talented sophomore.

As much as the two teams were launching from the three-point line, free throw shooting was also a deciding factor in this one. The Chippewas made 22 of 26 from the line (85%), while the Falcons would manage just nine of 18 (50%). That 13 point deficit from the free throw line cost the Falcons dearly.

Central Michigan is now 3-4 in the MAC and 13-7 overall. The Falcons fall to 2-5 in the MAC and 8-12 overall.

Bowling Green returns home on Saturday to host the Ohio Bobcats, while Central Michigan travels to play at Kent State the same day.