EL PASO, Texas — Another tough nonconference slate is in the books for Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Central Michigan led for all but the first 83 seconds of the game and overcame bad shooting from the field to take a 62-45 victory over UAPB on Sunday. The loss is the ninth in a row for the Golden Lions (1-11), who won’t play again until its SWAC opener Jan. 2 against Mississippi Valley State in Pine Bluff.
UAPB suffered its third-worst scoring output of the season, just two points better than its 79-43 loss at San Diego State on Nov. 21, and has been held to fewer than 50 points in four of its last five games. The Lions shot poorly as well Sunday, hitting only 17 of 56 (30.4 percent) from the floor including 6 of 23 (26.1 percent) from three-point range and converting only 5 of 9 free throws.
UAPB led once in the game, 2-0 after a Daniel Broughton jumper. Central Michigan then went on a 20-6 run and went on to take a 34-18 lead at halftime.
UAPB never pulled within single digits in the second half, trailing by as much as 60-30 with 5:55 remaining.
Marcel Mosley was the Lions’ only double-digit scorer Sunday with 12 points and had six rebounds. Daniel Broughton added eight points and Jaylon Floyd chipped in six off the bench.
Davon Haynes, the team’s leading scorer on the season, was held to four points, but had seven rebounds.
Kyle Randall and Blake Hibbitts each scored 12 points to lead the Chippewas (7-5), who shot only 32.8 percent (20 of 61) from the field.
The Lions are now 3-51 in nonconference games under fifth-year coach George Ivory.