Chippewas Lose Season Opener

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Junior Kevin Nelson scored a game-high 24 points but they weren't enough as Central Michigan University opened the 2004-05 men's basketball season with a 100-85 loss to the University of Evansville here Friday night.

Kevin Nelson was one of four Chippewas in double digits, meshing eight-of-17 from the field.

Also scoring in twin figures for CMU were freshman Giordan Watson with 16, Tony Bowne 14 and Robert Sevalia 12. Senior Tom Pantlind had career highs for points with nine and rebounds with five for the Chippewas.

The Purple Aces jumped out to a 53-34 halftime lead and never allowed the Chippewas to get inside of 13 points in the final 20 minutes.

Twenty-two turnovers doomed the Chippewa chances, nine of them being recorded by Watson who also had nine assists in his first collegiate game.

Evansville hit 35-of-66 shots from the field for 53 percent while CMU netted 27-of-51 for 53 percent. The Purple Aces hit 14-of-29 from behind the three-point arc and CMU nailed 11-of-20.

Evansville was led by Lucious Wagner with 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds while Andre Burton and Matt Webster chipped in with 15 apiece.

Central Michigan returns to action at home on Tuesday against Valparaiso as part of a doubleheader. The Chippewa women battle Oakland University at 5:30 p.m., and the men's game will follow immediately.

The Chippewas also will be home on Saturday, Nov. 27, against Saginaw Valley State at 2 p.m.

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