CMU Wallops Rochester College, 89-42

Central Michigan University jumped out to a 17-0 lead then cruised to an easy 89-42 win over Rochester College Saturday afternoon at Rose Arena.

The Chippewas (2-5, 0-1 Mid-American Conference) built a 17-0 lead with 12:40 remaining in the first half before Rochester College (7-7 overall) scored its first point.

Central Michigan head coach Jay Smith was pleased with his young team's fast start.

"We completely dominated the first 10 minutes of the game," Smith said. "We were all over them, they couldn't dribble, couldn't shoot, couldn't see. We need to play with that same intensity all the time."

The Chippewas forced 29 Rochester turnovers and held the Warriors to 35 percent shooting. CMU led 48-21 at halftime.

Offensively, sophomore point guard Giordan Watson just missed tallying a double-double with a game-high 16 points and a caree-high nine assists. He also had four steals.

Teammates Aaron Richie (career-high 14 points) and Sefton Barrett (14 points) joined Watson in twin figures scoring for the Chippewas. Barrett's tallied eight points off four high-flying dunks, including three in a row that extended CMU's first half lead to 29-3.

"The first one (alley-oop pass) was way up there but I went up and got it," Barrett said.

For Richie, a true freshman who made 4-of-5 three-point attempts, it was a career day.

"It felt good to be out there," Richie said. "Hopefully, this is going ot get us started on a win streak. We just need to get in the gym and keep shooting."

All 12 CMU players scored, including John Tiemeyer (six points) and Tyrone Jordan (four points) who both tallied the first points of their careers.

"Our assistant coaches have done a great job of prepping our guys and remaining positive," Smith said. "With a young team, it's about building confidence."

Sophomore guard Odai Baylor was the lone Rochester player to score in double-figures with 13 points.

The Chippewas now have a week off for exams before hosting Southern Illinois on Sunday, Dec. 18. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. and the game will air throughout Michigan.

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