Montana State (0-3) at Central Michigan (2-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 22, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McGuirk Arena (5,300) -- Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Television: None. Home Record: MSU 0-1, CMU 2-1. Away Record: MSU 0-1, CMU 0-1. Neutral Record: MSU 0-1, CMU 0-0. Conference Record: MSU 0-0, CMU 0-0. Series Record: Series tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: Action at the Central Michigan Tournament at McGuirk Arena carries on this evening as the Chippewas entertain the Montana State Bobcats in the second game of the day.
On Thursday, Central Michigan snapped a two-game slide by posting a 90-75 win over Austin Peay. The victory was the second of the season for the Chippewas, but their first versus another Division I program, following a 101-49 blowout of Manchester University in the opener two weeks ago.
As for the Bobcats, they are still looking for their first win of 2013-14 after bowing to Cal State Northridge yesterday afternoon by just a single point, 74-73. The team has now fallen to UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton to begin the campaign.
The series between the teams is knotted at one game apiece.
Both squads will be back in action on Saturday to close out this event as CMU meets up with Cal State Northridge and the Bobcats battle Austin Peay.
A pair of free throws by Antonio Biglow with 1:02 remaining in regulation gave the Bobcats a 73-72 advantage over Cal State Northridge, but from there the offense went cold for MSU, en route to the one-point setback. Biglow finished with eight points, although he shot just 2-of-11 from the floor. Calen Coleman led the way on offense with 18 points, hitting 5-of-10 shots behind the 3- point line, followed by Marcus Colbert with 17 off the bench thanks to a 4- of-6 effort on the perimeter. Flavien Davis pitched in with 14 points, thanks to 12-of-14 at the charity stripe, while Paul Egwuonwu made an impact with 11 rebounds before fouling out.
Through three games Davis is the leading scorer for the Bobcats with his 12.0 ppg, scoring half of his points at the free-throw line. The team is generating just 65.0 ppg as it shoots a disappointing 39.8 percent from the field and an even more miserable 23.3 percent behind the 3-point line as one of only two teams in the Big Sky Conference yet to record a single victory.
Central Michigan shot a dismal 26.3 percent from the field in the first half against the Govs on Thursday, including 2-of-18 behind the 3-point line through the first 20 minutes of action, but the team made up for it with a perfect 17-of-17 showing at the free-throw line. In the second half the Chippewas picked up the pace with an impressive 61.3 percent from the floor, 6-of-9 on the perimeter, en route to the 15-point win. Blake Hibbitts dropped in a team-best 19 points, Braylon Rayson scored 18, John Simons 12 and Chris Fowler 11 points for the home team. Off the bench, Rayshawn Simmons accounted for just four points on 1-of-7 shooting, but did come up with 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Through the first four games of the season, Fowler paces four players scoring in double figures with his 15.3 ppg, thanks to his 56.4 percent accuracy from the field. Simons (14.3 ppg), Austin Keel (11.5 ppg) and Hibbitts (11.0 ppg) all join in as the squad generates 83.0 ppg, thanks in large part to an impressive 83.0 percent shooting at the free-throw line and not the 27-of-108 (.250) on the outside.
The fact that CMU is comfortable being at home and has been putting up significant point totals on a regular basis means the Bobcats will have their work cut out for them with this quick turn-around today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Central Michigan 82, Montana State 71
11/22 10:40:23 ET