Game Notes: CMU Looks For Momentum at Toledo
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Central Michigan (9-19, 6-8 MAC ) at Toledo (4-25, 1-13 MAC)
Tuesday, Mar. 1, 7:00 p.m., Toledo, Ohio., Savage Arena

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  • Trey Zeigler scored a career-high 30 points earlier this season versus the Rockets, becoming the first freshman Chippewa to score 30 points in a game since Mike Manciel in 1999. Jalin Thomas also added his second double-double of the season in the 13 point win, scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

A Central Michigan win over Toledo would... at least the No. 9 seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the Chippewas.
...earn the Chippewas a season sweep of the Rockets.
...give the Maroon and Gold their second-consecutive road win after defeating Northern Illinois last Wednesday in DeKalb, Ill., marking their first road conference winning streak since the 2006-2007 season.


  Name Ht. Wt. Yr. GP-GS PPG RPG Other Notes
(1) G 13
  John Morris
172 So. 13-6
1.07 APG
Has led team to 4-2 record since entering starting lineup
(2) G 23
  Derek Jackson
6-0 170 Fr. 28-13 7.1
1.39 SPG
Scored all 13 points in first half versus Ball State on Saturday
(3) G
  Trey Zeigler
6-5 190 Fr. 28-27
2.25 APG
Will break CMU single-season freshman scoring record with just six points
(4) F 31   Jalin Thomas
6-4 200 Sr. 25-25
5.3 54 3PT FG
Scored career-high 29 points, including seven threes vs. NIU (2/23)
(5) C
10   William McClure 6-7 240 Sr. 28-23 3.2
5.6 1.17 BPG
Has recorded 10 blocks over his last three games


All-Time Series
Central Michigan and Toledo are meeting for the 84th time in CMU men’s basketball program history. The two teams first met in 1939 and the Rockets hold a 52-31 edge over the Chippewas.

The Coaches
Head Coach Ernie Zeigler is in his fifth season at the helm of the Central Michigan men’s basketball program, sporting a record of 63-88 overall and 37-42 in Mid-American Conference play. Zeigler has led the Chippewas to back-to-back MAC West Division titles. Zeigler is 4-5 versus Toledo. Tod Kowalczyk is in his first season as the head coach of the Toledo Rockets. Prior to taking over as the Rocket’s coach, Kowalczyk posted a 136-112 record in eight years at the helm of UW-Green Bay’s program and tailled a pair of 22-win campaigns in his final two seasons.

Eye On The Record Books
Freshman guard Trey Zeigler continues to climb the record books of the Central Michigan men’s basketball program. Zeigler has scored 466 points on the season, second most all time and is just five points behind Dirk Dunbar (1972-73) for the most points by a freshman in CMU history. Zeigler’s 16.6 points per game currently ranks fifth on the freshman scoring average list and his 30-point effort versus Toledo on Jan. 12 tied the seventh best performance by a freshman.

Seeking Back-to-Back Road Wins
The Chippewas are just 2-12 this season on the road, but are seeking back-to-back road wins for the first time this season after having defeated Northern Illinois last Wednesday, 64-58, in DeKalb, Ill. The last time the Maroon and Gold won back-to-back road conference games was during the 2006-2007 season when they defeated Buffalo and Ball State in consecutive road games.

If The Tournament Started Today...
Central Michigan would be the No. 9 seed and would travel to Buffalo, N.Y., for the third time in a month. The Chippewas took on the Bulls of Buffalo on Feb. 8, dropping a 72-43 decision and traveled back to face Niagara on Feb. 19, dropping a 61-55 contest.