MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Central Michigan will vie for its 20th win of the season on Monday when it plays Fort Wayne in an opening-round game in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
It is the Chippewas second trip to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in three years and their third postseason berth in the last four seasons.
Tipoff time for the game at Fort Wayne's Memorial Coliseum is noon. The winner advances to play an opponent to be determined.
ABOUT FORT WAYNE
The Mastodons are 18-14 and finished 7-7 in the Summit League. They bowed to North Dakota State, 86-82, in the conference tournament.
Fort Wayne ranks 25th in the nation in scoring at 82.1 points per game.
Bryson Scott, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, is Fort Wayne's leading scorer at 22.4 points per game. He was the Summit League's second-leading scorer. John Konchar, a 6-5 junior, ranks second on the team at 15.0 points per game. Both were named First Team All-Summit League, and Konchar earned a spot on the Summit League All-Tournament team.
Over his last nine games, Konchar is averaging 21.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
The Mastodons are making their fourth CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament appearance in the last five years. They are in the postseason for the fifth consecutive year. In 2016, they played in the NIT.
Fort Wayne knocked off Indiana, 92-72, at Indiana on Dec. 18.
The Chippewas (19-14) return to action after bowing out of the Mid-American Conference Tournament with an 89-74 loss to eventual-champion Buffalo. Prior to that, CMU won three consecutive games, including its MAC Tourney opener over Bowling Green, 81-77, in overtime.
The Chippewas are 71st at 77.9. CMU is second in the country in free throw percentage (.805).
LEADING THE CHIPPEWAS
Four Chippewas are scoring in double figures: Cecil Williams (15.4 per game), Shawn Roundtree Jr. (15.0), Kevin McKay (11.9) and David DiLeo (11.6). DiLeo, Williams and McKay all average 6-plus rebounds per game.
The Chippewas are 3-7 all-time in Division I postseason tournaments. In their first appearance in the CIT, they fell to Tennessee Martin, 76-73, at McGuirk Arena in 2016.