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The attendance, officially, was listed at 150. Paid attendance was zero.

Rivals Central Michigan and Western Michigan played a closed-to-the-public basketball game Saturday afternoon, with the Chippewas winning, 84-71, on the campus of Northwood University in Midland.

The regular-season finale for both teams was postponed from Friday and moved from Mount Pleasant, as police spent hours into early Saturday morning searching for — and eventually capturing — the suspected gunman in a double-fatal shooting.

Campus was on lockdown all day Friday, with Western Michigan players confined to their on-campus hotel room waiting word on when or if the game would be made up, while Central Michigan players were spread all over campus, stuck in class and dorm rooms.

“When there are occurrences and tragedies such as this, it puts things in perspective, it puts wins and losses and games in perspective,” Central Michigan coach Keno Davis told The News. “And so, for us, it gave us a two-hour opportunity to maybe put aside what’s going on and being able to kind of get away from that just for a little bit. That’s the way we took it.

“Had we not been able to do it, everyone would’ve understood. You don’t really know what to expect from a team when you’re surrounded by something that obviously that’s much more important.”

Central Michigan lost the earlier game to Western Michigan, 83-81, in overtime on Feb. 20 in Kalamazoo.

There were discussions to move this game to Kalamazoo, but all parties decided it was better to keep the game at a neutral site, at worst, for Central Michigan. The game was moved to Northwood, as CMU's McGuirk Arena was booked for the Mid-American Conference wrestling championships Saturday.

Given the hastily arranged site and time — 11 a.m. Saturday — no fans were allowed in Riepma Arena other than family members and school officials.

It made for an eerie vibe for a rivalry that drew nearly 3,000 in Kalamazoo.

“It had to be the smallest crowd ever for a Central-Western game,” Davis said. “It was unique.”

The victory was huge for Central Michigan (18-13, 7-11), which did some impressive improvement on its seeding for next week’s MAC tournament.

Junior guard Shawn Roundtree led the way with 27 points, five assists and a steal as the Chippewas won their second in a row to secure the No. 8 seed. That bought them a home game, at 7 Monday night at McGuirk Arena against No. 9 seed Bowling Green (16-15, 7-11).

Western Michigan was led by senior guard Thomas Wilder, who scored 22, including the 2,000th point of his career. He’s the second Bronco to reach that milestone.

The Broncos (17-14, 9-9) also get a home game, against No. 11 Akron (13-17, 6-12) at 7:45 Monday.

Eastern Michigan (20-11, 11-7) fared the best among the state schools and earned a first-round bye and a direct ticket to the Cleveland portion of the tournament. It plays the late game, 9 p.m., Thursday against Western Michigan or Akron.

No. 1 Buffalo, No. 2 Toledo and No. 4 Ball State also got byes into Cleveland, but Davis and any other MAC coach will tell you nothing’s set in stone. Not this year.

“The balance of this league, no game is gonna surprise you,” Davis said. “Just try to get to Cleveland and, you know, Buffalo or Toledo will be most people’s pick to win. But I know that even the top teams aren’t going to feel very comfortable with whoever they face.

“This conference is as equal as it’s been in my six years in the league.”

On the women's side, Central Michigan (25-4, 17-1) won its second consecutive MAC championship and opens as the No. 1 seed, getting an automatic bye to Cleveland.

MAC MEN’S TOURNAMENT

(Monday games at campus sites; all other games at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland)

Monday

Game 1: No. 9 Bowling Green (16-15, 7-11) at No. 8 Central Michigan (18-13, 7-11), 7

Game 2: No. 12 Northern Illinois (13-18, 6-12) at No. 5 Kent State (15-16, 9-9), 7

Game 3: No. 10 Ohio (14-16, 7-11) at No. 7 Miami (15-16, 8-10), 7

Game 4: No. 11 Akron (13-17, 6-12) at No. 6 Western Michigan (17-14, 9-9), 7:45

Thursday

Game 5: No. 1 Buffalo (23-8, 15-3) vs. Game 1 winner, noon

Game 6: No. 4 Ball State (19-12, 10-8) vs. Game 2 winner, 2:30

Game 7: No. 2 Toledo (21-10, 13-5) vs. Game 3 winner, 6:30

Game 8: No. 3 Eastern Michigan (20-11, 11-7) vs. Game 4 winner, 9

Friday semifinals

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6:30 (CBSSN)

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 9 (CBSSN)

Saturday’s final

Semifinal winners, 7 (ESPN2)

MAC WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT

(Monday games at campus sites; all other games at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland)

Monday

Game 1: No. 9 Eastern Michigan (10-19, 6-12) at No. 8 Northern Illinois (15-14, 7-11), 7

Game 2: No. 12 Akron (9-20, 3-15) at No. 5 Ohio (15-14, 9-9), 7

Game 3: No. 10 Kent State (12-18, 5-13) at No. 7 Toledo (17-13, 8-10), 7

Game 4: No. 11 Bowling Green (11-18, 3-15) at No. 6 Western Michigan (16-14, 9-9), 7

Wednesday

Game 5: No. 1 Central Michigan (25-4, 17-1) vs. Game 1 winner, noon

Game 6: No. 4 Miami (20-9, 12-6) vs. Game 2 winner, 2:30

Game 7: No. 2 Buffalo (25-4, 16-2) vs. Game 3 winner, 6:30

Game 8: No. 3 Ball State (24-5, 13-5) vs. Game 4 winner, 9

Friday semifinals

Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 11 a.m.

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 1:30

Saturday's final

Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. (CBSSN)

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