Freshman Braylon Rayson gets first career start in loss to Bowling Green
Bowling Green controlled the majority of Wednesday's game against the Central Michigan men's basketball team en route to a 67-57 victory.
CMU head coach Keno Davis said he was proud of the effort his team gave even when the final didn’t go its way.
"I think we were disrupted and had a few things go against us," Davis said. "To be able to have a close game still is the testament to the hard work of this team. We gave up a high field goal percentage in the second half and tried to play catch up. Part of it was (Bowling Green)'s inside scoring; part of it was Bowling Green was so athletic with their blocking ability.”
Freshman guard Braylon Rayson started the game in place of sophomore Austin Keel. Both Keel and Rayson finished the game with three points.
“In twofold, I think (Rayson) is deserving in getting an opportunity to start,” Davis said. “He has been a great scoring threat for us. The thought of starting him was to get the scoring going early on the road where that is so important. I think on the other side, Austin Keel has been good for us getting to the basket and getting to the line but he has not had his outside shot fall as we would like.”
The Chippewas do not have a lot of height and it showed. The Falcons blocked seven CMU shots. Lack of height, accompanied with a lack of physical play, left CMU struggling to find its inside shot.
“In the first half, we were 10-for-15 in the two-point range,” Davis said. “That was against one of the better defensive teams in the league. In the second half, we were 3-for-17 from two-point range. It was a little bit more physical play and that was allowed. We forced a little bit too much from those shots and should have made the extra pass for a jump shot.”
Sophomore point guard Chris Fowler led the Chippewas (7-8, 0-3) in scoring with 19 points, while forward Blake Hibbitts added 14.
The Chippewas next game is Saturday night at home against Eastern Michigan. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.