January 15, 2011

Familiar story as CMU struggles in second half

MUNCIE, INDIANA - It was a familiar story for Central Michigan on the road. The Chippewas, who came in with just one win on the road, followed the familiar pattern of starting strong and then collapsing in the second half. CMU would hold a 30-25 lead over Ball State, but saw a lead as big as 8 evaporate in the second half as the Cardinals pulled out a 64-55 win over CMU on Saturday afternoon.

Trey Zeigler would lead the Chippewas with 21 points and 6 rebounds, but also had 6 turnovers and shot just 50% from the free throw line. Senior Jalin Thomas sparked the Chippewas in the second half and would add 17 points and 5 rebounds, but another chapter in CMU's tale of unfortunate losses would write itself as Thomas would be forced to leave the game with 12 minutes to go in the second half with an ankle injury. He would not re-enter the game and CMU's offense would struggle from that point on.

Central Michigan would out shoot Ball State by 23 field goal attempts, but an uneven discrepancy at the free throw line would aid the Cardinals. For the game, Ball State would attempt 42 free throws to the Chippewas 10, and the Cardinals would hit on 30 of them for nearly half of their game's points. CMU forwards William McClure and Andre Coimbra would foul out in the game and both Antonio Weary and Finis Craddock would have 4 for the Chippewas.

The CMU defense would force 21 turnovers and hold Ball State forward and Michigan native Jarrod Jones to just 10 points on 3-6 shooting and the Cardinals would attempt only three shots from the three point line, but it was not enough to pull a victory out in Muncie. Guard Randy Davis would lead the Cardinals with 10 points on 10-10 shooting from the free throw line while guards Jesse Berry and Tyrae Robinson would add 9 each.

Central Michigan falls to 4-12 overall and 1-2 in MAC play. The Chippewas will next be in action on January 20th when the host Northern Illinois at 7pm.


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