Kason Harrell’s 3-point goal had moved the Mastodons ahead 89-87 with 1:32 to go in a tightly contested game. After Meyer’s successful trey at the other end, both teams missed tries from beyond the arc.
A Central Michigan foul gave John Konchar a one-and-one opportunity with the three ticks still remaining. His miss, however, went to CMU, drawing a desperation foul. David DiLeo hit both tosses for the final six-point margin.
Both teams shot well from the floor as the hosts connected on 55 percent, while CMU was good on 50 percent. Each team had 33 made field goals.
Central Michigan, however, knocked down 17 of 39 (43.6%) of its shots from behind the arc. Fort Wayne was good on 11 of 33 (33%). The Chippewas, who owned a 45-44 edge at intermission, also had a 35-27 rebounding advantage.
David DiLeo led CMU with 22 points, followed by Kevin McKay (20), Meyer (18 points, 7 rebounds) and Roundtree (14 points, 9 assists).
Senior guard Bryston Scott, who averages 22.4 ppg, had a big day for Fort Wayne, hitting 11 of 15 from the field on the way to a game-high 28 points. Fellow senior Xzavier Taylor was good for 20 points, while Jax Levitch and Jordon King added 11 and 10, respectively. Konchar chipped in nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Over his last nine games, Konchar had been averaging 21.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 5.6 assists and 2.1 steals per outing.