November 21, 2011

Zeigler leads CMU past Pepperdine

It was a familiar pattern for the Central Michigan men's basketball program. Last year they kicked off their road schedule with a win over Cal State Fullerton in the Rainbow Classic, and once again the Chippewas would add a win against a California based school in their road opener. With an all around team effort that saw four players score in double figures, Central Michigan would defeat Pepperdine 67-57, bringing their record to 2-1 overall.

Sophomore guard Derek Jackson would hit a layup with 19:04 left in the first half to put CMU up 2-0, and the Chippewas would never look back, holding the lead for the entire game. Behind a strong defensive effort Central Michigan would take a 33-25 lead into the half, and they would keep the pressure going in the second half as they stretched their lead out to 17 on two separate occasions before the Waves chipped away.

The Chippewas would limit Pepperdine, a team that notoriously lives and dies from the three point line, to 7-23 beyond the arc and just 28.3% from the field overall.

"We really took a step to get better tonight," said head coach Ernie Zeigler. "Defensively we were really good and tonight was a great collective effort. The guys were really locked in and focused from the beginning."

Trey Zeigler would add another impressive game as he led CMU in scoring, rebound and assists with a 16 point, 7 rebound and 6 assist effort. Senior forward Andre Coimbra would add 11 points and 5 rebounds in a team high 32 minutes, while Jackson chipped in with 12 points and 4 steals. Playing in his home state for the first time as a collegiate, freshman guard Austin McBroom would add 10 points and several acrobatic layups to cap off the Chippewas quartet of double-digit scorers.

Forward Terrance Darby and guard Josh Lowery would lead the Waves (2-2) with 12 points each, with the 6-foot-8 Darby also adding 9 rebounds. This game marked the first of a three game series that will see CMU head back to Pepperdine next season, before the Waves come to Mount Pleasant in 2013.

Central Michigan will next take on New Mexico State (3-0) in the Great Alaskan Shootout. Tipoff is scheduled for 10:30PM on Thursday.

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