SETTING THE SCENE
The Central Michigan men's basketball team will entertain Jackson State in a nonconference game on Friday (7 p.m.) at McGuirk Arena.
The Chippewas (5-1) won the Great Alaska Shootout, topping Cal State Bakersfield, 75-72, in the championship game. CMU's Shawn Roundtree was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Roundtree is the Chippewas' leading scorer at 14.2 points per game. Three other Chippewas - Cecil Williams, David DiLeo and Luke Meyer - are averaging at least 11 points per game. Six Chippewas average at least six points per game. DiLeo is CMU's top rebounder at 7.2 per, while Williams is averaging 6.5. CMU is outrebounding its opponents by an average of 5.6 per game.
NEAR THE TOP
The Chippewas are making 80.9 percent of their free throws and rank seventh in the nation in that category.
Jackson State (2-5) is coming off a 65-52 loss to Louisiana Monroe. The Tigers play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Jeremiah Jefferson, a 6-foot-2 freshman, leads the Tigers in scoring at 12.3 points per game.
The Chippewas entertain Montana State in a nonconference game on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The Bobcats (5-3) play at Milwaukee on Saturday.