Central Michigan (8-15) at Kent State (13-11)

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GAME NOTES: A pair of teams sitting at the bottom of the standings in their respective divisions do battle on Saturday, as the Central Michigan Chippewas pay a visit to the Kent State Golden Flashes in Mid-American Conference action.

Central Michigan has been struggling since entering conference play, losing its last two and 10 of its last 11 outings. On Wednesday night, the Chippewas were downed by Northern Illinois, 88-63. They currently reside in the basement of the MAC's West Division, tied with Ball State for last place.

Kent State beat Bowling Green at home, also on Wednesday night, 62-61. The win snapped a two-game losing streak but left the team at just 2-7 in its last nine games. The Golden Flashes are tied with Bowling Green for last place in the MAC East.

Kent State leads the all-time series, 43-30. The Golden Flashes had won 11 straight in the series before the Broncos snapped that string with a 78-73 victory in Mount Pleasant on Feb 5.

Chris Fowler tallied 19 points and seven assists, while Braylon Rayson scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor for the Chippewas in their recent loss to Northern Illinois. CMU trailed 38-29 at the break after allowing NIU to shoot 50 percent from the field in the opening stanza. The Huskies sank 17- of-18 shots at the charity stripe in the second half to extend their advantage and claim the victory.

Despite its lowly status in terms of the league standings, Central Michigan is actually the second-best scoring team in the MAC (73.7 ppg). However, a lack of defensive pressure and poor performances on the glass have been costly, as they let teams shoot 48.7 percent from the floor, while ranking next-to-last in the league in rebounds (31.4 rpg). Fowler (17.9 ppg, 5 apg) keeps the Chippewas humming on offense, leading the way in both scoring and assists, while hitting 54.8 percent of his tries from the floor. John Simons (10.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg) is the only other double-digit scorer on the roster.

Devareaux Manley knocked down a shot from beyond the arc just before the buzzer to lift the Golden Flashes over Bowling Green in a thriller the last time out. Derek Jackson provided Kent State a huge spark off the bench with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor, while Manley added 14 points. The Falcons led, 40-27, early in the second, but the Golden Flashes went on a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to a single point with just over 15 minutes left to play. BGSU sank a pair of free throws with only seconds showing on the clock before Manley's game-winning triple, which was assisted by Kris Brewer.

Brewer, along with Jackson lead the Golden Flashes in scoring with each scoring just 11.3 ppg. Goodson (10.2) rounds out the double-digit scorers for Kent State, which averages an even 70 ppg this season and gives up 68.2 ppg.

Even though they have trouble notching wins, the Chippewas do not have much difficulty putting points on the board. The Golden Flashes are not quite as proficient at the offensive end, and they lack an arsenal of weapons to keep up with the visitors.

GAME NOTES: A pair of teams sitting at the bottom of the standings in their respective divisions do battle on Saturday, as the Central Michigan Chippewas pay a visit to the Kent State Golden Flashes in Mid-American Conference action.

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