MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- John Simons scored 27 points and Central Michigan overwhelmed Manchester 101-49 on Friday in the Chippewas' season opener.
The Spartans committed 22 turnovers, 17 on steals. Central Michigan outrebounded Manchester 52-28.
Manchester took the early lead and held it until 15:32 left in first half. That is when Rayshawn Simmons made two free throws for a 10-9 CMU lead, and the Chippewas pulled away from there.
The Spartans were led by Brady Dolezal with 18 points. He made 7 of 12 shots but his team only shot 33.9 percent to CMU's 48.6, led by Simons' 10-of-13 effort.
The Chippewas shot 20 more free throws than Manchester, making 22 of 28.
The game was an exhibition for Manchester, a Division III school from Indiana.
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DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
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