Saturday, December 3, 2016

ESPN3: Central Michigan Chippewa Men Close Twinbill With Arkansas - Pine Bluff at 4:30 p.m. EST

Saturday, Dec. 3 • 4:30 p.m. • McGuirk Arena • Mount Pleasant, Mich. 

Game Notes: Central Michigan | Arkansas-Pine Bluff 
Watch: ESPN3 
Listen: Central Michigan IMG Sports Network 
Live Stats: GameTracker 
Twitter: @CMUMensBball
Andy Sneddon,

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Pleased, but not satisfied.

The Central Michigan men’s basketball team plays the second of three-consecutive home games Saturday (4:30 p.m.) against nonconference Arkansas-Pine Bluff at McGuirk Arena. It’s the nightcap of a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m. with the CMU women taking on Illinois-Chicago.

CMU (6-2) has won two straight games, and have looked good doing it against a pair of solid opponents, Green Bay and William & Mary.

The Chippewas, who, at 91.0 points per game, are the seventh-highest scoring team in the nation, play host to Green Bay on Tuesday to close their home stand.

“I’m pleased with where we are as a team at this point in the season,” said CMU coach Keno Davis, whose team won going away at Green Bay and built a big second-half lead then cruised into the barn against William & Mary. “And yet we understand that we have to continue to improve to be able to be a consistent team as we prepare for MAC play in the not too distant future.”

Marcus Keene leads the Chippewas – and the entire country – in scoring at 30.4 points per game. His backcourt mate, Braylon Rayson, is averaging 17.3 points per game, which ranks sixth in the Mid-American Conference.

“We’re a very explosive team, and yet we go through lulls that you would expect with so many newcomers and working on improving the chemistry,” Davis said. “If we can stay healthy I expect us to be more balanced as well as consistent throughout the 40 minutes of a game.”

Pine Bluff (1-6) has lost five straight games, the last of which was a 73-68 decision to UT-Martin on Thursday. Ghiavonni Robinson, a 6-foot-3 guard, leads the Lions in scoring at 12.3 points per game.

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