Central Michigan University (12-8, 5-2) was currently in the MAC West lead after coming alive in recent weeks of conference play. Tuesday night provided the matchup of the week as MAC East leader, Bowling Green (17-5, 8-1), arrived in Mt. Pleasant coming off a huge comeback victory against Buffalo for a showdown with conference title implications on the line. As as been the case this year, CMU shows up at home (improved to 11-1 after Tuesday).
The game also provided CMU with an opportunity to grab a statement win and show that their recent string of victories is not a fluke.
If there was a doubt going into Tuesday that CMU’s success thus far in the MAC was less than legitimate, there can be no doubt after Tuesday night. The Chippewas knew they had to show up in a big way against the Falcons and they did just that.
The Chippewas torched the Falcons in the first half with a relentless attack of three point shots and efficient shots in the paint on the way to a 48-35 halftime lead that was extended on a buzzer beater from downtown by senior forward, David DiLeo, who finished with 26 points on 6 of 8 three point shooting for the night.
Dallas Morgan also assisted in the onslaught with 29 points on an additional 5 three point buckets. The pair were an integral part of setting the game record for three point makes on 12 of 23 shooting.
While the second half seemed to tighten up, Bowling Green was unable to make up the first half deficit, cutting the lead several times to 8 points before runs by the Chippewas pushed it back to double digits, CMU never seemed in danger of letting go of things.
The Chippewas extend their winning streak and improve their record to 13-8 (6-2). The Chippewas head to Buffalo (14-9, 5-5) for another tough contest in a season where they have struggled on the road (2-7).