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November 28, 2012

Poor shooting, post defense costs CMU in loss

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan had little answer for Bradley's inside scoring game as the Braves tallied 80 percent of their points in the paint to hand the Chippewas an 82-65 loss on their home court.

The Braves (5-1) scored 34 of their 40 first-half points in the lane and led by as many as 14. Up 25-11 with 9:32 left, they saw their lead dissipate to five with a 13-4 run by the Chippewas (3-3) over the next 3:22. Buckets on three consecutive possessions brought CMU to within 29-24 with 6:10 left, but the Braves were able to stretch the lead back to double digits and took a 40-29 advantage at the break. They shot 18-of-40 and turned the ball over just twice, while 13 CMU turnovers limited the Chippewas to 10-of-27 shooting.

"The first-half turnovers surprised me because, coming out of Utah, it wasn't something that had been a problem for us," said Central Michigan head coach Keno Davis.

Center Zach Saylor played only seven minutes, missing the entire second half, which allowed Bradley even easier looks at the basket as they shot 67 percent (18-27) after the break to pull away.

"Everyone knows we are thin inside and when Zach goes down we are really thin," said Davis. "I was amazed we out-rebounded them as thin as we were but they got way too many easy buckets."

Kyle Randall poured in a career-high 21 points, including a 9-for-9 performance from the line, and grabbed a team-high five rebounds - an honor he shared with John Simons who added a pair of steals during the second-half full-court press.

Five Braves reached double-figures, led by Tyshon Pickett's 17 points, 13 of which came in the first half.

CMU will next be in action on Sunday when they host Niagra at 2PM.


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