Chippewas Edge Braves, 68-64
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
LORMAN, Miss. -- Marko Spica put together his best collegiate effort with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Central Michigan men's basketball team to a 68-64 victory over the Alcorn State Braves on Wednesday.

"Marko gave us a real dominant post presence today," head coach Ernie Zeigler said. "We emphasized getting the ball inside, and he was able to give us a great effort."

The Chippewas sent the Braves to their 17th consecutive loss dating back to last season.

Jordan Bitzer added 16 points and Robbie Harman added 12 for CMU. Alcorn State was led by Jonathan Boyd with 15.

"Jordan did a great job finishing aroudn the basket and both he and Robbie handled Alcorn State's full-court pressure throughout the game and did a nice job of getting us into our offense," Zeigler said.

CMU led by as many as 15 in the first half but ASU cut the deficit to one, 37-36, at halftime.

The teams kept it close in the final 20 minutes, with neither team leading by more than six the rest of the way. The Chippewas were able to hit clutch free throws and get critical stops in the final minutes to seal the victory.

"We earned a very hard-fought win and battled through some real adversity," Zeigler said. "We showed a lot of poise down the stretch in the face of their pressure, and we got some significant contributions from everyone throughout our rotation."

The Chippewas are now off until they open up the Mid-American Conference slate on Jan. 9 at Toledo.

"This win is a nice confidence booster as we head into Toledo, a place we've historicly struggled as a program," Zeigler said.