MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Kyle Randall poured In 31 points, going 13 for 13 from the free-throw line, and Central Michigan held on to beat Bowling Green 73-67 Wednesday night in the Mid-American Conference opener for both schools.
The Chippewas (8-6) went on a 13-0 run in the first half and led 37-20 at halftime. But the Falcons (5-9) came back, shooting 59 percent after halftime, and finally tying the game at 60 when Jordon Crawford made a pair of free throws with 3:25 to go.
CMU's Oliver Mbaigoto made two free throws, and then dunked with 58 seconds left. Bowling Green got no closer than three points after that.
Randall was 8 of 11 from the field -- 2 for 4 from 3-point range -- and matched the team high with six rebounds.
Crawford led the Falcons with 29 points -- 25 in the second half. Anthony Henderson added 13 points for Bowling Green, which finished at 42 percent. The Chippewas shot 41 percent.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.