CMU Captures Junkanoo Jam Crown with Win Over SJSU

November 26, 2018 | Written By: Mitch Vosburg

BIMINI, Bahamas - Shawn Roundtree Jr.'s runner in the lane with four seconds remaining lifted Central Michigan to a thrilling 76-74 victory over San Jose State Sunday in Bimini, Bahamas.

With Cal State Bakersfield's win over Weber State in the ensuing tournament finale, CMU was crowned champion of the 2018 Junkanoo Jam. Central Michigan, Weber State and CSUB all finished tournament play 2-1, but it was the Chippewas' 12-point win over in the opener that was the deciding factor. CMU has captured preseason tournament championship in consecutive seasons after winning the Great Alaska Shootout in 2017.

The Chippewas forced 20 turnovers, including tallying 13 steals, while shooting 47 percent from the field, 15-of-30 in the second half, but finished 7-of-30 from beyond the arc.

"We understand some nights shots aren't falling and the other team is making plays," said head coach Keno Davis. "We made enough plays down the stretch, our pressure was big and our guys seemed to have that attitude and confidence that they were going to win a game coming off the heels of a last second loss."

The Spartans shot 51 percent from the floor and 44 percent from three, including 5-of-10 in the first half.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Spartans shot 58 percent from the field in the first half, including 5-of-10 from the 3-point line, but the Chippewas trailed by only four points going into intermission. Kevin McKay lead CMU with 12 points and four rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Craig Lecesne scored 11 points on four-of-four shooting for the Spartans.

The Chippewas opened a 50-48 lead in the second half, but a 12-0 Spartan run put CMU in a 10-point deficit. The Chippewas clawed their way back to tie the game 69-69 with 2:15 remaining, setting the stage for a back-and-forth finale.

With the game tied 74-74, Roundtree Jr. took the game into his own hands, dropping in a running floater to provide the Chippewas a 76-74 lead. San Jose State attempted a hail mary on the ensuing in-bounds but Larry Austin Jr. intercepted it at the free throw line, securing CMU's fourth victory of the season.

LEADERS
McKay lead CMU with 24 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, shooting 11-of-17 from the floor. The double-double was the sixth of his career, tied with David DiLeo for most among active Chippewas. Roundtree Jr. added 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while Austin Jr. contributed 15 points.

TURNING DOWN 3'S
Davis said the Chippewas found offensive success late in the game by passing up 3-point opportunities, leaning on driving to the basket instead.

"We have to be able to learn that when the (3-point) shots aren't falling we can score at the basket, score in the post, score off the dribble," Davis said. "I thought late in the game we did a good job of attacking the basket."
 

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2017-2018 Season Review

April 2, 2018 | Written By: Central Michigan Sports Information

2017-18 Men's Basketball Season in Review
CMU secured the seventh 20-win season in program history, including the second in the last four seasons under Keno Davis

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March 28, 2018

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan men's basketball team's 2017-18 season was, by many counts, a successful one, as the Chippewas' surpassed prevailing expectations and advanced the program, further placing it in a positive position.

"I am very proud of what our team, and especially what our seniors were able to accomplish during their time here at CMU," said head coach Keno Davis. "This team has helped move this program to one that has demonstrated consistent success on the court, while representing their school, Alumni, and community in the highest manner possible."

The accomplishments of the 2017-18 Chippewas were many, noteworthy and even historic:

• Central Michigan secured the seventh 20-win season in program history, including the second in the last four seasons under Keno Davis.

• Central Michigan finished with a .500 record or better for the fourth consecutive year, marking the longest such stretch of success since the 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons.

• Central Michigan won two postseason games for the first time in history as a Division I program.

• Central Michigan won its first national postseason victory, a 94-89 victory over Fort Wayne in the first round of the CIT, since March 20, 2003 when the No. 11-seeded Chippewas upset No. 6 Creighton, 79-73, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City

• With CMU's first round MAC Tournament win over Bowling Green, head coach Keno Davis moved into fourth place on the Central Michigan career wins list.

• CMU recorded double-digit wins at home for the fourth consecutive year, totaling 50 during that time frame. CMU went 11-5 in McGuirk Arena in 2017-18.

• Central Michigan set a single-season program record for nonconference victories with 11.

• Central Michigan became the first and only Mid-American Conference team to ever win a Great Alaska Shootout title in the 40th and final edition of the historic early-season tournament.

• For the second-straight season, Central Michigan broke the program record for points in a season, scoring 2,835.

• Central Michigan ranked No. 2 in the nation in free throw percentage for the second consecutive year with a program-record mark of .806. It is only one of three teams in the NCAA to shoot 80 percent or better from the line in 2017-18. Sophomore guard Kevin McKay led the MAC in free throw percentage (.861). The Chippewas were perfect from the line against Wofford for just the fourth time program history, going 15-for-15.

• With 356 this season, Central Michigan has made 300 or more 3-pointers for the fourth consecutive year. The Chippewas led the MAC 3-point field goals made with a 9.9 per game average. Only two other Division I teams have made more 3-pointers than CMU over the past four seasons.

• By scoring over 100 points three times this season, CMU surpassed the century mark in 17 games under head coach Keno Davis.

• Senior guard Josh Kozinski became CMU's career leader in 3-pointers, marking the third player in three years that the record has been broken. Kozinski also became the first player in program history make 300 3-pointers and the 32nd Chippewa to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

• Kozinski ranked No. 1 in the nation in turnover percentage (3.5) for the third consecutive season. He also ranks second among all NCAA players since 2007-08 in that stat category (2.86).

• Sophomore guard Kevin McKay's 62 steals ranked tied for No. 2 in the Central Michigan single season record book. He recorded at least one steal in 30 of the 34 games in which he played this season.

• Sophomore forward David DiLeo's 96 3-pointers led the MAC and ranked third on the CMU single-season list.

• Senior forward Luke Meyer started every game of his collegiate career, a streak that measured 133 consecutive games. In 2017-18, Meyer set career highs in points, blocks, assists, free throw percentage and 3-pointers.

• Four different Chippewas earned MAC West Player of the Week honors during the 2017-18 season -- Shawn Roundtree Jr. (11/27), David DiLeo (12/24), Luke Meyer (1/22) and Cecil Williams (2/5).

• Junior guard Shawn Roundtree Jr. was named Most Outstanding Player of the Great Alaska Shootout while Luke Meyer and Cecil Williams were named to the all-tournament team.

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Valiant Chippewas Come Up Short At Michigan

November 14, 2017 | Written By: Keno Davis

Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In the end, Michigan had a little too much.

But the Central Michigan men’s basketball team showed it has an awful lot on Monday in its 72-65 loss to the Wolverines before 8,941 at Crisler Center.

Shawn Roundtree, a junior transfer playing in just his second game as a Chippewa, scored 21 points to lead CMU (1-1), which plays host to Eureka on Saturday (1 p.m.) in a nonleague game at McGuirk Arena.

CMU led through most of the first half and was down one, 32-31, at halftime. The teams traded the lead several times early in the second half and the Chippewas were up, 47-46, with under 12 minutes to play.

Jaaron Simmons hit a 3-pointer with 11:13 remaining to put Michigan in front for good, 49-47. The Wolverines then crept away to what eventually became a nine-point lead, 62-53, with just over four minutes to play.

CMU outrebounded the Wolverines, 34-27, and made 41.7 percent of their 3-point attempts.

“We knew what we were facing today, that we were going to have to play extremely well,” CMU coach Keno Davis said. “I credit our guys for playing extremely hard. 

“In those stretches where it felt like they had all the momentum and they had a chance to blow us out, somehow we were able to make the big stop, the big shot, the big play to give ourselves a chance. We just didn’t make enough of them to give ourselves a chance to win at the end.”

The Achilles heel for the Chippewas? Turnovers. They committed 14 while forcing just six from the Wolverines (2-0).

“Kind of funny that we lose the game on the turnovers because that’s kind of been a staple that we don’t turn the ball over,” Davis said. “I think some of those that we had are correctable and I don’t foresee that being a problem for us in the future. Just something that we need to address in practice and get better on.”

Luke Meyer added 12 points and David DiLeo grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for CMU.

Roundtree, a 6-foot guard who transferred to CMU from Mineral Area (Mo.) College, hit seven of his 11 field goal attempts including four-of-six from 3-point range.

“It’s funny, you talk about that (stat) line and I don’t even know that I would say that he played great,” Davis said. “If you asked him he’d be upset about the turnovers and that (he would want) to be a little stronger with the ball.

“But that says so much about the young man that on a night that he has that kind of line and does that, at Michigan, and you’re talking about, ‘Well he could do better.’

“That shows you how highly we think of this young man and his future at CMU.”

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 17 points to lead a balanced Michigan attack.

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