ANCHORAGE – Kevin McKay scored 19 points off the bench and Shawn Roundtree knocked down the game-winning three-pointer with 3.8 seconds left Friday to lift Central Michigan to a 56-53 win over Cal Poly in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout semifinals at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Chippewas (4-1) got 15 points from forward Luke Meyer and 10 points and five assists from Roundtree, while committing just six turnovers as a team. McKay added seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals, while shooting 6 of 10 from the field.
The Mustangs (3-3) were led by 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists from do-it-all point guard Donovan Fields, who assisted on Victor Joseph’s game-tying three-pointer with 22 seconds left. Joseph finished with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Central Michigan becomes the second Mid-American Conference school to advance to a Shootout championship game, joining Toledo, which lost 78-70 to Middle Tennessee in 2015.
Cal Poly will play in the 3rd/5th-place game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against the loser of Friday’s late semifinal between Idaho and CSU Bakersfield, while Central Michigan will play the winner of the Idaho/Bakersfield for the 40th and final Shootout title at 8 p.m. Saturday.