ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Shawn Roundtree had 15 points and six assist to lead Central Michigan to a 75-72 win over CSU Bakersfield on Saturday night in the championship game of the 40th, and final, Great Alaska Shootout.
Luke Meyer shot 6 of 7 from the field and finished with 14 points, David DiLeo scored 13 – including four 3-pointers – and Cecil Williams added 12 points and four assists for Central Michigan (5-1).
Meyer hit a 3-pointer to give the Chippewas a 35-32 lead late in the first half and they led until Damiyne Durham’s 3 gave CSUB (4-3) a one-point advantage with 3 1/2 minutes to go. Roundtree answered with a layup and, after Shon Brigg scored for the Roadrunners with three minutes left, Williams made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 72-all. But Bakersfield missed its final seven shots – including four on one possession – and Central Michigan hit 3 of 7 foul shots down the stretch to seal it.
Durham had a season-high 24 points and Rickey Holden scored 15 for the Roadrunners. CSUB had 24 assists – including nine by Brent Wrapp – on 27 field goals.
According to reports, the Great Alaska Shootout – the nation’s longest-running regular-season tournament – is no longer financially viable.