Saturday, February 21, 2009

CMU-Fairleigh Dickinson Gameday

I will be providing updates on today's game as it is taking place.

-Pregame Note: William Eddie III is suited up today but I wouldn't expect him to play. With today being a non-conference game, I don't expect Ernie Zeigler to put any of his players at serious risk for missing any games beyond today.

-16:27 CMU up 9-2 after a big jam from Weary. CMU creating a lot of turnovers but has four fouls in the first two minutes of play. Brandon Ford got the start over Jacolby Hardiman, but I feel that was to counter Fairleigh Dickinson, which started two 6-8 players.

-13:15 left in the first. F. Dickinson on a 9-0 run to take an 11-9 lead. Chippewas turning the ball over a lot in the last three minutes.

-7:31 left in the half. CMU up 17-15 after a Robbie Harman fade away jumper. Six fouls on CMU, a few have been really poor fouls to take. F. Dickinson looks like it has some athletes, they just play undisciplined at times. Jeremy Allen hit a 3-pointer in his first shot attempt which can hopefully help his confidence. He missed his next two shots though.

-3:51 to go in the first half, CMU is ahead 19-17. Lawrence Bridges just picked up his second foul. CMU's defense is keeping Fairleigh from getting the lead, but the Chippewas are turning the ball over. CMU has eight turnovers in the game, but they have forced 11 from the Knights.

-23-23 at halftime. A sloppy game on both sides as the two teams have combined for over 20 turnovers. CMU had a chance to establish a sizeable lead early and let it slip away. Not a solid half for CMU. F. Dickinson shot 9-for-17 from the floor while CMU was 9-for-25 in the half.

-17:25 remaining in the game, CMU up 31-26 after a pair of 3-pointers from Harman. Jacolby Hardiman started the half with a powerflum slam dunk but was called for a technical after hanging on the rim. The Chippewas seem to be the better team, but are letting mistakes keep them from pulling away.

-11:53 left, CMU up 42-33. CMU extended its lead to 11 after a Bitzer 3-pointer, but Cameron Tyler just scored to end a 8-2 run for the Chippewas. Van had scored seven-straight points for CMU before picking up his third foul with 13:23 to go.

-9:00 remaining and CMU's lead is down to four at 45-41. The Knights are increasing their pressure with a full-court trap, but the Chippewas have seen this before, just not making good choices. CMU is letting Fairleigh Dickinson stick around, which could be troublesome late.

-6:00 to go, CMU up 53-47 after Bitzer hits a jumper and draws a foul. CMU has been leading most of the way but letting the Knights dictate the pace of play right now. The Chippewas need to get back to controlling the ball on offense and not letting this game become a track meet. Van has had a strong second half with 11 points.

-2:41 to play, CMU up 57-55. This one could come down to free throws as both teams are in the double bonus. The Chippewas are really just not asserting themselves in this one and this would be a bad loss if they should let this one get away. At best it could be an ugly win.

-53 seconds to go, CMU up 63-57. The Chippewas are 8 for their last 10 at the free throw line. Had a chance to really push the game out of reach but a travel call on Bitzer gives the Knights the ball.

-20 seconds left, CMU ahead 64-60. Robbie Harman just had a really bad play as he tried to do a breakaway dunk to seal up the win. He missed the dunk and drew a technical foul for hanging on the rim. The Knights hit two free throws and are still in the game. These last four minutes have taken an eternity.

-68-62 final, not a gem of a win by any means, but for CMU to be able to get an ugly win is still a positive. Certainly this doesn't build the kind of momentum the Chips were looking for heading into the Ball State game on Wednesday, but again, a win is a win. Player of he game would have to be Marcus Van. He put up 14 points in the second half and 16 total as well as eight rebounds. It was disappointing to not see Weary build off his last game, but he didn't look too bad either.

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