Chippewas Break Scoring Mark In Rolling Past Mississippi Valley State

November 11, 2019 | Written By: Keno Davis

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – One for the record books.

David DiLeo scored a career-high 30 points as the Central Michigan men's basketball team rolled past Mississippi Valley State, 134-78, on Sunday in a nonconference game at McGuirk Arena.


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The 134 points is a program record, surpassing the previous best, 127, which was set twice, the \rst time against Oakland on Dec. 3, 1987, and the second on Jan. 3, 2014 against Marygrove.

DiLeo's previous career high was 29 against UMKC on Dec. 18, 2017, in his sophomore season.

"My teammates have all the trust in me in the world," said DiLeo, who made six of his 13 3-point attempts and was 11 for 19 from the aoor overall. "They tell me to keep shooting, so they're looking for me. MVSU was focused on (defending drives) and helping inside. They forgot about me, so my teammates made the right play by looking for me or kicking it out. I was able to step up and knock down (some more shots).

"I found some success trailing the play as they were sagging on defense to help with some of the driving lanes."

How It Happened

The Chippewas led by nine, 36-27, with just over seven minutes to play in the \rst half, when Dallas Morgan hit a 3-pointer to trigger a 33-15 CMU onslaught to close the half. The Chippewas led, 69-42, at the break.

"I think our ability to run, to continue to press, to keep that tempo up, and continue to rotate is" something we strive to do, CMU coach Keno Davis said. "We have a bench where we have very little dropof, if any, at times. So that can really wear down teams and I think you saw that today."

Tough Road

The Delta Devils had lost by wide margins at Iowa State and at Utah in the \ve days leading up to their game at CMU.

The Chippewas clearly took advantage of a team that was perhaps feeling road weary.

"We knew they played Tuesday and Friday on the road, so that's a lot of traveling," DiLeo said. "It was a quick turnaround for them. They could be (playing with) some tired legs so we were looking to run in transition early and get the game going up and down. I thought we did a good job of that, whether if it was of a steal or a rebound, or sometimes a made bucket, we were able to get it out and get going."

Team Stats

The Chippewas forced 23 turnovers while committing just six, and 16 of Mississippi Valley State's turnovers were Chippewa steals. Kevin McKay, Deschon Winston and Travon Broadway Jr. combined for 10 of the 16 steals.

The Chippewas outrebounded the Delta Devils 60-37, with 22 of the Chippewas' boards coming on the ofensive end. CMU's bench outscored Mississippi Valley State's 57-24, and the Chippewas outscored the Delta Devils, 64-34, in the paint.


Rob Montgomery and Dallas Morgan added 17 points each for the Chippewas, who had seven players reach double figures.

Romelo Burrell led the Chippewas in rebounds with 11, and Winston \nished with a team-high six assists.

"(They were) a little bit aggressive (down low)," Montgomery said. "It's nothing that we're not used to. We try to go after each other in practice so that once it's game time, we're use to the aggression. They de\nitely played hard down (in the paint)."


The Chippewas surpassed the 100-point plateau for the second-consecutive game after their 102-62 victory over UM-Dearborn in their season opener on Tuesday.

The 134-point efort on Sunday gave CMU its \rst back-to-back 100-point games since the 1972-73 season, when they beat Montana State, 102-75, and then topped Western Illinois, 102-82.

The Chippewas have surpassed the century mark 23 times under Davis, who is in his eighth year in charge of the program.


The Chippewas will be back at McGuirk Arena on Saturday, Nov. 16 (2 p.m.) against Sam Houston State.

Sam Houston State is 1-1 after losing its second game of the season to Mississippi State, 67-58, on Friday.



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Rugged Schedule Awaits Chippewa Men in 2019-20

Rugged Schedule Awaits Chippewa Men in 2019-20

September 4, 2019 | Written By: Andy Sneddon

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan men's basketball team opens the 2019-20 season with four consecutive November games at McGuirk Arena in what promises to be a challenging slate under eighth-year coach Keno Davis.
The Chippewas' schedule includes road games against two Big Ten teams, Minnesota (Nov. 21) and Purdue (Dec. 28); one from the Big 12, Texas (Dec. 14); and one from the Big East, DePaul (Nov. 26). The Chippewas are also scheduled to visit Valparaiso and Robert Morris.
CMU will play nonconference home games against UM-Dearborn, Mississippi Valley State, Sam Houston State, Siena Heights, Trinity Christian, Youngstown State and UT-Martin.
The Chippewas finished 23-12 a year ago, tying for the program's second-highest single-season win total. It marked the fifth-consecutive season in which CMU finished .500 or better, the first time the program has accomplished such a feat since the early 1970s.

It was CMU's second-consecutive 20-win season, the first time the program has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons since the mid 1960s. The Chippewas earned a postseason bid for the fourth time in five years by accepting a bid to the College Basketball Invitational. CMU has won 100 games under Davis over the past five years.
The Chippewas are scheduled to play 16 home games, including their first two in the Mid-American Conference – Jan. 4 vs. Miami (Ohio) and Jan. 7 vs. Northern Illinois.
"We are looking forward to this year's schedule that gives our fans 16 opportunities to see us play in McGuirk Arena," Davis said. "Ten of those game are on weekends. We also are looking forward to playing some high-level opponents on the road. We are aware that we couldn't have had the success that we have had without our great fans, and I'm excited for them to see this year's team."
The Chippewas play a home-and-home with defending MAC champion Buffalo, welcoming the Bulls to McGuirk Arena on Jan. 18 and then going to Buffalo on Feb. 8.
CMU plays in-state rivals Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan twice each. CMU goes to Kalamazoo on Feb. 1 and then entertains the Broncos in the regular-season finale on March 6; the Chippewas play host to Eastern Michigan on Feb. 11 and then go to Ypsilanti on Feb. 29.
Purdue is the defending Big Ten regular-season co-champion and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season; Texas is the defending NIT champion; DePaul finished as the runner-up in the CBI Tournament in 2019; and Minnesota finished 22-14 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

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Big Comeback, Big Win

March 6, 2019 | Written By: Mitch Vosburg

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Kevin McKay scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half en route to his second consecutive double-double on Tuesday as the Central Michigan men's basketball team overcame a 12-point second-half deficit in topping Eastern Michigan, 77-66, in a Mid-American Conference game at the Eagles' Convocation Center.

The Chippewas outscored the Eagles, 52-31, in the second half and made 10 of their 19 3-point attempts on the night. CMU forced 10 turnovers and outrebounded the Eagles, 21-13, in the game's final 20 minutes as the Chippewas won their fourth consecutive game.

"The energy that our guys brought in the second half really was the difference in the game," CMU coach Keno Davis said. "We looked like we had fresh legs even though we only (played) seven players and had a couple guys play 40 (minutes)."

CMU improved to 20-8, 9-6 MAC with its first win in Ypsilanti and a sweep of the season series with Eastern since 2014-15. It also gave the Chippewas their third 20-win season in their last five, and it marked the first time since the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons that they have recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons.


The Chippewas remain one game behind Toledo in the MAC West. The Rockets, who visit McGuirk Arena on Saturday (4:30 p.m.) for CMU's home regular-season finale, are 10-5 in league play after an 80-72 win over Ball State on Tuesday.

CMU remains in fourth place – a critical spot – overall in the MAC. The top four teams in the final regular-season standings, regardless of division, earn a first-round bye in the league tournament and advance directly to Cleveland for the tourney quarterfinals.


CMU trailed by 12 points, 37-25, with under 17 minutes remaining, then went on a 17-5 run to tie the game 42-42 with just over 13 minutes to play.

The Chippewas took their first lead, 50-49, on a Dallas Morgan jumper with 8:47 to play. Just over a minute later, Morgan hit a 3-pointer to increase it to 53-49. CMU picked up steam from there, upping its lead to 13, 68-55, on a McKay jumper with 2:16 remaining.

EMU drew to within 68-62 with under a minute left when Larry Austin Jr. scored on a drive to make it 70-62. The Chippewas were a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line over the final 25 seconds to hold the Eagles at bay.


McKay, the reigning MAC West Player of the Week, scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. On Saturday at Ball State, the 6-foot-5 junior guard finished with 17 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.

David DiLeo hit five of his nine 3-point attempts en route to 18 points despite battling illness for the second consecutive game. Morgan added 12 points and Austin finished with nine points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.

Morgan, a junior who was also battling illness, made his first career start in place of senior Shawn Roundtree Jr., who sat out the game nursing an injury that he sustained on Saturday at Ball State.


The Eagles made just four of their 21 3-point attempts for 18.2 percent. CMU has held its last four opponents to a combined 14 for 74 (18.9 percent) from 3-point range.


With his five 3-pointers, DiLeo now has 234 in his career and ranks fourth in program history. He passed Robbie Harman, who hit 233 from 2007-10, on Tuesday. Third on the list is John Simons, who made 256 from long range from 2012-15.

Josh Kozinski (2013-18) ranks first with 306 career triples.

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