BIMINI, Bahamas (AP) — David DiLeo scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, including two 3-pointers during Central Michigan’s decisive late run, and the Chippewas beat CSU Bakersfield 67-55 on Thursday night in the opening game of the Junkanoo Jam.
DiLeo hit four 3-pointers — all in the second half — and had nine rebounds. Shawn Roundtree led Central Michigan (3-0) with 16 points, Larry Austin added 14 with eight rebounds and four assists and Kevin McKay scored 13.
Bakersfield, which trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half, took a 52-49 lead when Damiyne Durham hit a 3-pointer with 6:17 to play. DiLeo answered with a 3 about 30 seconds later and the Chippewas never again trailed. Rickey Holden made two free throws to make it 54-all with 3:16 remaining, but CMU outscored the Roadrunners 13-1 from there.
Durham led Bakersfield (1-2) with 16 points, including five 3s, and Greg Lee added 12 points and nine rebounds.