Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
AKRON, Ohio - The Central Michigan men's basketball team dropped a 69-63 Mid-American Conference game to Akron at the Zips' James A. Rhodes Arena on Saturday.
The loss dropped CMU to 15-10, 4-8 MAC. The Chippewas play at Northern Illinois on Wednesday, Feb. 13 (8 p.m.). Akron is 11-13, 4-8.
Shawn Roundtree Jr. and Kevin McKay scored 14 points apiece to lead CMU, while Cecil Williams added 12 points and Luke Meyer had 10.
Eric Parrish scored 21 points and Daniel Utomi had 20 for the Zips. Parrish grabbed nine rebounds.
McKay, a sophomore guard, hauled down a season-high 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
CMU went cold from the floor and the free throw line. The Chippewas made just 5 of their 22 3-point attempts and suffered an uncharacteristically poor day at the line, making just 10 of 21. They finished at 22.7 percent from long range and 47.6 percent from the line. The 3-point percentage was their second-lowest of the season, and the free throw percentage was their worst.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Neither team led by more than nine points throughout the entire game. The largest lead came when Akron went up, 56-47, with 5:35 to play. The Chippewas clawed back to within two, 65-63, on a David DiLeo bucket with 52 seconds remaining.
CMU had a chance to tie with under 30 seconds to play, but Williams missed from in close, the Zips rebounded, and then got two free throws and a game-clinching dunk in the final 23 seconds. The Chippewas went 0 for 5 from the floor in the final 27 seconds.
Coach Keno Davis on CMU's poor shooting: "Those aren't good numbers to win on the road … had we shot normal from the line and normal from the 3 it might be a different game. We can't talk about excuses, we've got to be talking about how we can improve as a team, how we can get better shots, how we can defend better in certain situations, how we can rebound the ball more consistently."