MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Shawn Roundtree scored 22 points including a trio of 3-pointers in the second half that helped rally Central Michigan to beat UMKC 81-72 on Wednesday night.
The Chippewas (9-2) trailed 35-33 at the break and struggled early in the second half. Down by two midway, Larry Austin Jr. made a tip shot and Roundtree followed with back-to-back 3-pointers to spark an 18-5 rally that included another Rountree 3 to give Central Michigan a 66-56 lead with 7:39 to play. UMKC cut it to 75-70 with 1:49 left but couldn’t get closer.
Austin finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Chippewas who have won their last three. Robert Montgomery had nine points and seven rebounds.
Central Michigan had a 44-31 rebounding edge over UMKC.
Xavier Bishop led the Kangaroos (4-9) with 19 points. Rob Whitfield added 17.