Austin Lifts CMU Men Past Akron in Overtime

MT. PLEASANT – Larry Austin connected on the game-winning layup with one second remaining in overtime and Central Michigan opened its home Mid-American Conference slate with an 88-86 overtime win over Akron at McGuirk Arena on Tuesday.

With CMU trailing 76-73 with five seconds remaining in regulation, David DiLeo was fouled on a 3-point attempt and sunk all three free throw attempts to send the contest to overtime.

“This team has great confidence in their ability, so you’re not really worried when if they miss a shot to win the game or tie the game, you want the ball in their hands the next time,” CMU coach Keno Davis said. “The nice thing about our team is we have several guys who really want the ball at the end of the game. It’s nice be able to go 2-0 and move forward in the conference.”

Rob Montgomery paced five Chippewas in double figures with a career-high 23 points. Shawn Roundtree also tallied 20 points while Austin recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists. Kevin McKay and DiLeo also scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Chippewas (13-2, 2-0) were down 36-30 at the half.

“I think our team showed a lot of grit today, you know this is our house, so we’re going to protect home court, we’ve got to,” Austin said. “It’s only right for our fans, us and the community, you know.”

Jimond Ivey led the Zips (9-6, 1-1) with a game-high 24 points.

CMU is back at McGuirk Arena on Saturday against Bowling Green. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m.