Cullen Maksimowski, CMUChippewas.com
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Marcus Keene dropped 30-plus points for the fifth time in seven games this season as the Central Michigan men’s basketball team defeated Green Bay, 89-77, on Saturday at the Phoenix’s Resch Center.
The Chippewas are 5-2 including 2-0 in road games. Green Bay is 3-3. The Chippewas play host to William & Mary (3-2) on Tuesday (7 p.m.) at McGuirk Arena.
“I told the team the team you’re not going to find many teams in the country with no road losses at this point in the season,” CMU coach Keno Davis said. “They have to be excited about where we are as a program, but also keep their head on straight knowing there is so much room for this team to improve.”
Keene, a junior in his first season at CMU after a transfer from Youngstown State, finished with five assists and was 4-of-11 on 3-point attempts. He entered the game averaging 29.3 points per game, which led the nation.
Senior guard Braylon Rayson posted 19 points, 16 of which came in the second half, and brought down seven rebounds and dished out five assists. Cecil Williams and Josh Kozinski totaled 13 and 12 points respectively, for CMU.
Junior forward DaRohn Scott tallied a career-high 11 rebounds in 21 minutes to lead CMU on the glass. The Chippewas held a 50-49 rebounding edge.
“We’re playing 10 deep right now and we’ve had a couple games now where we’ve had four or five guys have bad nights shooting, but have been able to fill the stat sheet in a different way,” Davis said. “That’s what are guys are learning; it’s not always about who is scoring.”
CMU finished the game shooting 37.3 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from 3-point range. Green Bay shot 38 percent overall, 23.1 percent from long range.
“(Green Bay) is a good shooting team, so to hold that team under 40 percent and have that kind of an effort defensively makes you awfully proud as a coach,” Davis said.
Charles Cooper led the Green Bay offense with 20 points. Khalil Small added 14.
The Chippewas took control late, using a 9-0 run during which they made seven free throws to pull away and turn a 80-75 lead with just over three minutes to play into an 89-75 bulge with 30 seconds left.
The Phoenix will come to Mount Pleasant for a rematch on Dec. 6.