Wednesday, March 4, 2009

CMU-Toledo Gameday

CMU wins 59-44. Van has 16 points and 13 rebounds in his final game at Rose. Nice ending for him. CMU made it interesting but showed poise to bounce back after losing the lead in the second half. CMU also won without Jacolby Hardiman, which is a big loss.

-2:52 to go and CMU is up 54-41. The Chips are in the midst of a 54-41 run. Adrian Hunter has hit a pair of big 3-pointers and got an assist on a Bitzer 3-pointer. CMU is once again clicking offensively and holding Toledo down on defense. CMU should snap its 12-game losing streak to the Rockets unless it completely falls apart in these final minutes.

-7:17 to go. CMU is ahead 44-39. Toledo is basically challenging anyone aside from Bitzer and Harman to shoot the 3. The Rockets are playing a soft zone around the perimeter and to CMU's credit, they aren't giving in to it and trying to penetrate for good looks. Toledo has been quieter on offense as CMU is currently on a 11-4 run.

-11:16 to go and CMU is up 37-35. Jeremy Allen has scored four-straight in the game and drew a charge for a nice spurt, but he has also missed a pair of jumpers that were early in the possession. He seems to be playing with confidence in this game, but he could be taking better shots right now too.

- Kent hits another 3-pointer to give Toledo a 33-31 lead but Weary answers with a nice take to the basket to tie the game. Toledo is looking like the better team right now, and has five field goals this half after just four in the first half.

-CMU ahead 31-30 with 15:41 to play. Tyrone Kent has hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Clayton Sterling had a put-back to get the Rockets within one. Harman picked up his third foul early and is on the bench and it looks like Hardiman will not be playing tonight whether it is because of injury or disciplinary reasons. Kent's 3-pointer with 17:12 to go was the first field goal in the game for a Toledo player aside from Anyijong.

-26-20 CMU at halftime. Toledo keeps chipping away at the line. The Rockets have just four field goals made in this game, but are 10-for-12 at the free throw line while CMU is just 2-for-4. Still no Hardiman appearance yet. Van has 11 points and scored nine of the last 10 points in the half for the Chippewas. Toledo is 4-for-15 from the field with its 13 turnovers. Yikes! But, give Toledo credit, as they are still very much in the game.

-3:59 to go, CMU up 23-14. Van just ended a 9-1 Toledo run. Marcus has the last seven points for CMU. Strangely enough, Jacolby Hardiman hasn't played in the game yet. I will see what I can find out about that at halftime.

-7:32 to go, CMU up 20-8. Anyijong hit another 3-pointer to end Toledo's 11-minute drought without a field goal. Van has scored the last four points for CMU. The Rockets have 10 turnovers and starter Mohamed Lo has three fouls. Not a good half for Toledo.

-11:50 to go and CMU is up 16-3. Toledo is now looking at nine minutes without any points. The Rockets have eight turnovers and you can see Tyrone Kent is visibly frustrated. Toledo is complaining about the refs, and more calls could be made, but the fouls are still 3 on CMU and none on Toledo. CMU had a stretch for two minutes where it looked as good as it had all season, creating turnovers and finishing in transition. Jeremy Allen has four points and Bitz has five to lead CMU.

- Toledo takes a time out after a Harman three to make the score 12-3. Toledo coach Gene Cross is all over the refs early. Feels the game is getting too physical.

-CMU up 7-3 with 15:37 to play. The Chippewas are on a 7-0 run after Toledo hit a 3 to open the game. The Rockets haven't scored in four minutes, but play has been a little sloppy early as each team has two turnovers. Ernie Zeigler started all Van, Ford, and walk on Ryan Thomas as part of senior night, which was a nice gesture by the coach.

-Getting ready for Toledo at CMU for the Chippewas' home finale. Tonight's game will come down to guard play and how well CMU can defend Toledo's big three guards in Jonathan Amos, Tyrone Kent, and Ridley Johnson. Kent and Amos average over 28 points per-game and are clearly the leaders of this team.


-Chris Kellermann is on crutches after successful foot surgery. Hopefully things heal quickly and correctly for Chris so he can resume playing during the offseason.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Bob Garcia said...

Drew, any word on whether we can expect Hardiman for WMU?

Also, I know it's a blog, but I got a kick out of this analysis:

"2:52 to go and CMU is up 54-41. The Chips are in the midst of a 54-41 run."!

March 5, 2009 at 3:44 PM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

While technically that was true, I am sure I was talking about a different run, but I should have tried to pass it off as being funny.

March 8, 2009 at 12:25 PM 

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