Central Michigan Rides Hot Shooting To 83-71 Win Over NIU Men's Hoops
March 12, 2008
Cleveland, Ohio - The Northern Illinois men's basketball team ran into an offensive buzzsaw on Wednesday afternoon, as Central Michigan shot 52.2% (12-for-23) from three-point range and 61.5% (16-for-26) from the field in the second half on their way to the 83-71 Mid-American Conference Tournament first round victory over the Huskies at Quicken Loans Arena.
CMU senior guard Giordan Watson topped five Chippewas in double-figures with 20 points, including five trifectas. Reserve guard Robbie Harman added 16 points, including four three-pointers, followed by 13 points from forward Marko Spica and 11 points apiece from Chris Kellermann and Jordan Bitzer.
"We had some miscommunication on defense and at times they made some tough shots," Patton continued. "They hit some contested shots and you can't totally fault our defense on that.
With the victory, Central Michigan improves to 14-16 overall and will face No. 3 seed
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CMU held a 73-51 lead over the Huskies with 6:10 remaining in the game, following Watson's fifth trifecta of the contest. NIU went on a 17-4 run, led by eight points from Smith, to cut the Chippewas lead to 77-68 with 1:10 left, but the Huskies would come no closer.
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