MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — John Simons (Cadillac) scored 27 points and Central Michigan overwhelmed Manchester 101-49 on Friday in the Chippewas’ season opener.
Braylon Rayson scored 12 points and Austin Keel 11 as the Chippewas emptied the bench with twelve players scoring and eleven snaring rebounds.
The Spartans committed 22 turnovers, 17 on steals. Central Michigan outrebounded Manchester 52-28.
Manchester took the early lead and held it until 15:32 left in first half. That is when Rayshawn Simmons made two free throws for a 10-9 CMU lead, and the Chippewas pulled away from there.
The Spartans were led by Brady Dolezal with 18 points. He made 7 of 12 shots but his team only shot 33.9 percent to CMU’s 48.6, led by Simons’ 10-of-13 effort.
The Chippewas shot 20 more free throws than Manchester, making 22 of 28.
The game was an exhibition for Manchester, a Division III school from Indiana.