GREEN BAY, Wis. – Marcus Keene dropped in at least 30-plus points (31) for the fifth time in seven games this season as the Central Michigan Chippewas defeated Green Bay, 89-77, on Saturday at the Phoenix’s Resch Center.
The Chippewas are now 5-2 including 2-0 in road games. Green Bay falls to 3-3. CMU play host to William & Mary (3-2) on Tuesday (7 p.m.) at McGuirk Arena.
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Senior guard Braylon Rayson posted 19 points, 16 of which came in the second half. He also brought down seven rebounds and dished out five assists. Cecil Williams and Josh Kozinski totaled 13 and 12 points respectively, for CMU.
Junior forward DaRohn Scott tallied a career-high 11 rebounds in 21 minutes to lead CMU on the glass. The Chippewas held a 50-49 rebounding edge.
“We’re playing 10 deep right now and we’ve had a couple games now where we’ve had four or five guys have bad nights shooting, but (we) have been able to fill the stat sheet in a different way,” Davis said. “That’s what our guys are learning; it’s not always about who is scoring.”
CMU finished the game shooting 37.3 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from 3-point range. Green Bay shot 38 percent overall, 23.1 percent from long range.
“(Green Bay) is a good shooting team, so to hold that team under 40 percent and have that kind of an effort defensively makes you awfully proud as a coach,” Davis said.
Charles Cooper led the Green Bay offense with 20 points. Khalil Small added 14.
The Chippewas took control late, using a 9-0 run during which they made seven free throws to pull away and turn an 80-75 lead with just over three minutes to play into an 89-75 bulge with 30 seconds left.
The Phoenix will come to Mount Pleasant for a rematch on Dec. 6.
(Courtesy of CMU Athletics)