CMU-WMU basketball game moved to Saturday at Northwood

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

The regular-season men's basketball finale between Central Michigan and Western Michigan scheduled for Friday night was postponed, following a double fatal shooting in a dorm room on the Mount Pleasant campus.

The game will be made up at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Northwood University's Riepma Arena in Midland, the Mid-American Conference announced late Friday night.

The game will be closed to the public, with the exception of family members.

Central Michigan home games take place at McGuirk Arena.

Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins received a text message at 9:37 a.m. Friday from his basketball-operations director, saying he needed to speak to him ASAP.

"CMU immediately contacted us and let us know that the campus was on lockdown," Hawkins told The News on Friday afternoon, from his hotel room, where the doors were locked. "We're just being cautious with everything. Everybody was safe and accounted for, we're all together, everybody just headed to their rooms.

"It wasn't chaotic. Our guys knew what to do."

The Broncos' traveling party of 29 arrived in Mount Pleasant on Thursday night and was staying at a campus Marriott. Central Michigan (17-13, 6-11 Mid-American Conference) was to play Western Michigan (17-13, 9-8) at 7 p.m. at McGuirk Arena.

It's the last scheduled game before next week's MAC tournament, and the game had to be made up because it has an affect on seeding for that tournament. With the shooter still at-large as of late Friday night, it was decided to move the game away from Mount Pleasant.

Western Michigan officials offered to host the game in Kalamazoo, but the MAC and Central Michigan declined.

"The Broncos are all safely locked into their hotel until further notice," Western Michigan athletic director Kathy Beauregard wrote on Twitter early Friday. "The Broncos will assist in any possible way to support CMU and their community."