MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Chris Fowler was 8 of 11 from the field, scoring 21 points, as Central Michigan held off Jacksonville State 66-61 Saturday night.
Central Michigan (5-3) hit a scorching 60.5 percent from the field, making 13 of 18 in the second period. The Chippewas also outrebounded Jacksonville State (3-6) 26 to 19.
Central Michigan managed to get a 29-25 halftime lead after a scrappy first half. The Chippewas pushed their lead to 45-32 with 14:23 remaining.
Giovanni Smith got the Gamecocks to within three when he made two free throws with 45 seconds remaining. Fowler and Hibbitts then made two free throws each for the victory.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.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.
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