SETTING THE SCENE
The Central Michigan men’s basketball will entertain Montana State on Tuesday (7 p.m.) in a nonconference game at McGuirk Arena. The game is the second of three straight at home for CMU, which entertains Tennessee Tech on Saturday (1 p.m.).
The Chippewas defeated Jackson State, 70-63, on Friday to up their record to 6-1 and extend their win streak to five games.
The CMU-Montana State series began in 1973 and is tied, 2-2. The Chippewas won, 106-103, last year in Bozeman, Mont.
The Chippewas are getting outstanding balance in the scoring department. Junior guard Shawn Roundtree leads CMU in scoring at 14.4 points per game. Five other players – David DiLeo, Cecil Williams, Luke Meyer, Gavin Peppers and Kevin McKay – average from 7.9-12.6.
• CMU senior forward Luke Meyer has made 56.3 percent of his 3-point field goal attempts this season. He leads the Mid-American Conference in that category.
• The Chippewas rank third in the nation in free throw percentage (81.3).
• CMU is 3-0 at home this season.
Last season, CMU surrendered 87.7 points per game and ranked 345th in the nation in scoring defense. Through seven games this season, CMU is allowing 62.3 and ranks 24th in that category.
Montana State is led by junior guard Tyler Hall, one of the nation’s top mid-major players. He averages 21.8 points per game. Hall had 29 points and nine rebounds against the Chippewas last season.
Montana State is coming off a 68-64 win at Milwaukee, its first road win of the season.