COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Marcus Keene continued his torrid start. Braylon Rayson and David DiLeo weren’t bad, either.
Keene scored 30 points, Rayson had 18, and DiLeo finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds Monday as the Central Michigan men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 with an 86-74 nonconference victory over Tennessee Tech at the Golden Eagles’ Eblen Center.
Rayson, a senior guard, scored 16 of his points in the second half. He scored seven straight points, six of which came on a pair of 3-pointers, to give the Chippewas the lead for good, 57-54, with just over 12 minutes remaining.
Leading by eight with under two minutes to play, DiLeo delivered the knockout blow with a triple to extend CMU’s lead to 11, 83-72. Eleven seconds later, he drew a charge. Rayson then made a steal and dropped two free throws to seal it.
“You hear about playing to win and not to lose, those were winning plays,” CMU coach Keno Davis said. “Stepping up and taking a charge, making a great steal.”
Keene made 10 of his 19 field goal attempts and was 7-for-8 from the free throw line just three nights after he poured in 32 points in the Chippewas’ season-opening win over Indiana Kokomo. He also had six rebounds and six assists.