San Diego 67, Central Michigan 66
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP)—Giordan Watson’s shot at the buzzer rimmed out and San Diego overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to beat Central Michigan 67-66 on Saturday.
Gyno Pomare led the Toreros (3-4) to their first win on the road with 15 points and nine rebounds. Nine of his points came in the second half, and he was 9-of-12 from the free throw line.
Central Michigan had a chance to win when Justin Blevins drove to the basket with about 10 seconds remaining, but he missed the layup. The ball was deflected out to Watson, who couldn’t hit the open jumper.
The Chippewas (3-3) led 35-32 at halftime and pushed the lead to 12 points midway through the second half, but the couldn’t pull away.
San Diego closed the game on a 9-0 run and took the lead for good with 1:31 remaining on a pair of free throws by Brandon Johnson, who finished with 13 points.
The two teams traded big runs in the first half as Central Michigan opened the game on a 17-6 run, but the lead quickly changed after the Toreros went on a 14-1 run to take a 20-18 lead.
Watson led the Chippewas with 17 points and nine assists. Blevins had 14 points.