By Demietrius Preston
The Central Michigan Chippewas proved to be too much for the Dartmouth Big Green as they came away with a 65-48 decision in the 4th/6th place game at the Shootout.
Dartmouth couldn’t overcome a slothful start to this game. A ton of missed 3-pointers by The Big Green led to easy transition buckets for the Chippewas, particularly CMU sophomore guard Trey Ziegler.
Ziegler was able to get in his groove early on by simply getting out on the break. The Player of the Game finished with a double-double of 21 points and 10 boards.
Freshman guard Austin Mcbroom manned the point exceptionally well with four assists and no turnovers in 27 minutes of action. Versatile junior forward Olivier Mbaigoto of Central looked like a man among boys this afternoon by hitting jump shots, cleaning the glass, swatting shots (game-high five blocks) and keeping freshman forward Jvonte Brooks of Dartmouth in check for the entire game.
One of the lone bright spots for The Big Green was David Rufful. The senior guard led his team with 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting. Freshman John Golden also contributed nicely off the bench with 13 points, doing most of his damage in the second half.
Neither team shot lights out on the afternoon, but CMU did finish with a stronger 40.0 percent shooting percentage to DU’s 30.8 percent. The Chips also held an edge in rebounding, finishing with a 41-35 advantage.
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