State roundup: Central's Keene scores 50 in win over Miami

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Mount Pleasant — Marcus Keene, the NCAA’s scoring leader, scored a career-high 50 points with 10 3-pointers and broke the game open with four 3s in the final 4:44 to help Central Michigan rally to a 101-92 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

It was the highest scoring Division I game this season — topping Malik Monk’s 47 points for Kentucky — and the first 50-plus-game since South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters 53 on Feb. 7, 2013.

“This was big for me, for us as a team, but to score 50 points in a college basketball game that’s anybody’s dream who’s a scorer and I accomplished it. It feels good,” Keene said. “I was just hot today and my teammates kept finding me. Especially Braylon (Rayson).”

Keene’s 10 3-pointers tied the school record set by Tommie Johnson in 1987 against Wright State. His 50 points, capped by a free throw with 1:20 left, set a McGuirk Arena record and were the most by a Chippewa since David Webber had 51 against Ball State in 2000.

Rayson scored 21 points with six assists for the Chippewas (12-7, 2-4 Mid-American), who tied a program record with 20 3-pointers. Keene was 15 of 23 from the floor, including 10 of 15 from distance, and hit all 10 of his free-throw attempts.

CMU topped the century mark for the fifth time this season and the 11th time under coach Keno Davis.

Trailing 45-35 at halftime, the Chippewas closed to 54-53 after David DiLeo and Keene hit back-to-back 3s, then led 68-67 on Cecil Williams’ dunk. The RedHawks led 71-70 on Michael Weather’s layup, but the Chippewas pulled ahead 89-79 after Keene hit three 3s.

Keene, whose previous highs were 44 points and eight 3-pointers, scored 26 straight CMU points in a little under six minutes, hitting five 3-pointers and seven free throws.

Weathers finished with 22 points and Marcus Weathers had 19 for the RedHawks (8-11, 1-5), who have lost two straight.

Keene was injured in a win over Toledo eight days ago but played on it and scored 29 on Wednesday against Ball State.

“It’s still sore, there’s still pain,” he said. “I’ve been doing a lot of treatment in those three days in between.”

More state men

(At) Buffalo 66, Western Michigan 54: Nick Perkins scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Buffalo (9-10, 3-3 Mid-American). Seth Dugan led the Broncos (6-12, 2-4) with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

(At) Ferris State 102, Wayne State 81: Marcus Moore scored 22 and Ronald Booth added 15 for the Bulldogs (15-3, 9-2 Great Lake Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). Quentin Ruff had 23 points for Wayne State (9-6, 6-5).

State women

Western Michigan 73, (at) Akron 57: Breanna Mobley scored 17, Marley Hill had 16, Meredith Shipman 15 and Deja Wimby 13 as the Broncos (14-4, 5-2) have 13 of their last 15 games. Hannah Plybon had 19 points for Akron (8-10, 1-6).

(At) Ohio 68, Eastern Michigan 51: Quiera Lampkins scored 22 to lead Ohio (14-4, 5-2 Mid-American) as Eastern shot a porous 29 percent. Micah Robinson had 16 points and Sheyna Deans 11 for the Eagles (5-14, 0-7).

(At) Buffalo 67, Central Michigan 56: JoAnn Smith scored 29 to lead Buffalo (14-4, 4-3), which handed Central its first MAC loss. Tinara Moore had 21 points to lead the Chippewas (14-5, 6-1).

(At) Ferris State 83, Wayne State 60: Rachel McInerney scored 22 and Riley Blair added 20 to lead the Bulldogs (4-13, 3-8 GLIAC). Nastassja Chambers had 17 points and Shannon Wilson added 12 points for Wayne State (6-12, 3-8).

More men's scores

(At) Hillsdale 80, Tiffin 62

(At) Michigan Tech 86, Lake Superior State 57

(At) Grand Valley State 80, Saginaw Valley State 71

(At) Northern Michigan 100, Northwood 79

(At) Calvin 79, Adrian 67

Hope 78, (at) Kalamazoo 58

Alma 89, (at) Albion 87

Trine 87 (at) Olivet 65

More women's scores

(At) Northern Michigan 70, Northwood 50

(At) Hillsdale 69, Tiffin 51

(At) Grand Valley State 63, Saginaw Valley State 57

(At) Michigan Tech 73, Lake Superior State 51

Albion 82, (at) Saint Mary's (Ind.) 55

Trine 76, (at) Olivet 29

Hope 67, (at) Adrian 55