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DECATUR -- With nowhere to hide, Rochester was uncomfortable.

The Rockets looked it on the court, rushing into numerous awkward shots around the basket, and the scoreboard reflected that feeling.

MacArthur (11-7, 7-3 Central State Eight) routed the Rockets, 67-35 Friday, forcing 20 turnovers and icing their offense to 23.6 percent (13-of-55) shooting from the floor.

The Generals were blocking shots early, messing up Rochester's rhythm late.

"We rushed some shots," Rochester coach Mike Steers said. "They did a good job of guarding the rim. I felt like we changed our shot in the paint a little too much. That's what they want you to do. They want you to shoot it up quick. We're just not used to playing that quick."

Rochester's (4-13, 0-9) turnovers helped MacArthur come away with a more lopsided win than it started out as.

The Rockets turned over possession five times in each quarter Friday. In the fourth, they scored the first two baskets to trim the lead to 17 points when it was as many as 24 in the third quarter.

They missed their next 10 shot attempts, turning it over five times during that stretch, as MacArthur got out and running for a 28-point victory.

Armon Brummett led the Generals with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ray Neal scored 12, and Keenan Ingram, Randy Thaxton and Zaryan Woodley all pitched in six points apiece in a game Amir Brummett didn't play.

Leading by six after the first quarter, MacArthur scored the first six points of the second and it cruised from there.

The Generals beat Rochester by only 11 points Jan. 3 and played a bunch of close games between then and now. Friday's game was a breather.

"We've been in a bunch of them," MacArthur coach Ron Ingram said of close games, "and we didn't need another one."

Alex's take

Night off

Amir Brummett got the night off to rest his sore back, Ingram said.

His twin brother, Armon, was the Generals' leading scorer but didn't start the game because of a team disciplinary issue. Brummett received a technical foul in the Generals' last game, so he sat to start Friday's game.

Getting time

In Amir and Armon's places, Zach Briggs and Zaryan Woodley started. But it was Ray Neal who came off the bench to be the Generals' No. 2 scorer.

Neal scored 12 points and impressed Ingram in other ways.

"He had a good offensive game and showed me a lot of effort on the defensive end," Ingram said. "We've been working on a different kind of defense and worked on it tonight, and he adjusted well to it."

As for the unusual starting lineup, that was no concern.

"They did very well," Ingram said. "But those guys work all the time in practice like that. We purposely sit guys out, say, 'Hey, Amir, you've got four fouls.' ... in case we need them down the road."

Today's games

MacArthur is back in action at 5 p.m. today against Jacksonville, in Rochester for the Non-City Tournament of CS8 teams outside of Springfield.

Also on the slate in Rochester, Eisenhower plays Lincoln at 6:30 p.m. and Rochester plays Chatham Glenwood at 8 p.m.

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