Central Michigan Men’s Basketball Defeats SIUE

MT. PLEASANT – Central Michigan Men’s Basketball pulled away with a win over Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville today to move the Chippewas to 10-2 on this season.

Before the game, there was a moment of silence for Dick Enberg, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who graduated from the university and was a longtime supporter and donor. Fans also laid flowers next to his statue in McGurick Arena to pay their respects to the Chippewa legend.

On the court, the Cougars got off to a hot start in the first half and lead the Chippewas 10-5 early, but Central was able to take the lead and pull away shortly after. At the half, Central lead SIUE 34-22.

Both teams struggled from beyond the arc in the first half of the game with the Chippewas shooting 35.5 percent from the field and the Cougars shooting 32.3 percent.

The Chippewas kept their lead and defeated the Cougars 70-52. The leading scorer for SIUE was Christian Ellis who finished the game with 14 points. For Central, Cecil Williams put up 17.

Central Michigan men’s hoops returns to the hardwood next Friday as they take on Lawrence Tech at home.  The Chippewas remain at first place in the Mid-American Conference-West.