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Eastern Michigan Beats Shorthanded Chippewas at McGuirk

The crowd at McGuirk arena gathered for a MAC conference showdown between in-state rivals Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan University on Tuesday night.

The CMU Chippewas were riding high and hoping to continue their momentum against the visiting Eagles as they prepare for a run in March. However, the contest was not without some added difficulty, as the Chippewas were missing two starters, Devontae Lane (injury) and Dallas Morgan (illness).

Despite missing two key players, the Chippewas were able to take a lead into the half thanks in large part to 8 three point buckets. The Eagles were able to keep things relatively close on the back of stellar three point shooting of their own by Italian guard, Thomas Binelli, who hit 4 straight in the first half. The Chippewas kept the Eagle attack at bay and out of the hands of 7-foot Senegalese big man, Boubacar Toure. The strategy paid off in the first half, as CMU was able to force several handling errors in the post, which kept Toure from devastating the shorthanded Chippewas.

In the second half, the Chippewas shooting slowed and the Eagles were able to consistently get the ball to Toure, who proved unstoppable once the ball was entered successfully to the paint. Binelli’s shooting cooled, but Eagle guard, Ty Groce, began attacking the rim with effective slashing drives that gave EMU a one-two punch in the paint.

CMU was not out of things, and the fans at McGuirk were treated to a familiar sight, namely senior forward David DiLeo going off on a three point barrage that pulled the Chippewas within three with seconds left in the game. Eastern missed some big free throws down the stretch, which exposes the one element of their game that suffers and gave the Chippewas one final shot to tie the game on a last second shot, which just missed.

The Chippewas will look to regroup on Friday against visiting conference leader, Akron, and hope to have Morgan back in the lineup as they try to slay the Zips. Eastern Michigan will face their in-state rival of the week, Western Michigan, at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti this Saturday.

Morgan & DiLeo Lead Chippewas to Statement Win Over Bowling Green

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).

Central Michigan Women topple another MAC Giant to maintain 1st Place

If you are waiting for the Central Michigan women to slow down or show their mortality in this tough stretch of opponents, you will have to wait at least a little longer. The Chippewas have faced a grueling schedule of top MAC West opponents in recent weeks and found ways to win them in convincing ways ranging from surprising blowouts to desperate play that only champions can apply to the offhand game in the dog days of January’s basketball schedule. It seems the CMU women are not content to let a single game to escape them the rest of the way as they prepare for another run in March.

Saturday afternoon was no different.

Playing in front of a rowdy packed house at McGuirk arena, the Chippewas met Toledo for an opportunity at extending their winning streak. The home crowd was certainly nervous on more than one occasion, but gritty, cerebral and tenacious play gave the Chippewas another win in the MAC and sent the Toledo Rockets back to Ohio disappointed.

The Rockets didn’t go lightly, either, as a late run had fans on the edge of their seat between pandemonious standing ovations following relentless big plays by the Chippewas. AS things appeared just about ready to be closed out, Mikayla Kelly drove down the right side of the lane and kicked the ball to Maddy Watters in the corner who passed on a three point attempt and drove to the basket, absorbing a hard foul, and putting up a contested shot that bounced and hung on the rim several times before dropping in and sending her to the line.

The crowd went wild and CMU president, Robert O. Davies, was loving every moment of it. So were the ladies of Central Michigan. The held on for another win in the MAC that puts them at 14-4 (6-0). Toledo drops to 9-7 (4-1).