Rawlinson's playmaking ability along with the other Golden Bears' penchant for finishing allowed Tech to run up a quick 27-11 lead midway through the first half, and the deficit was never lower than nine thereafter.
"I think they took us lightly," Williams said. "They beat us by 37 at their place but it was the third game in three days after we won the Rio Grande tournament. We had played eight or nine games and we were tired and it was their season opener and they just drilled us. It just shows you in college basketball it's not easy to go on the road and win."
Tech will have to figure out a way to do just that with its final two games coming on the road before hosting the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) tournament March 1-3 with an automatic berth into the NAIA tournament on the line.
But behind Rawlinson, anything seems possible, including that very berth as the 6-foot guard came into Saturday's game sixth in the NAIA in scoring at 21.67 points per game and second in assists with 7.48 per contest.
Even after a performance like Saturday's, Rawlinson was in no mood to speak about individual achievements, his All-American candidacy, or anything else outside his team and its continued improvement.
Instead, on senior day, he took a rare moment to reflect on the season itself.
"The coaches informed me that as a leader I had to be patient with new guys," Rawlinson said. "That's something I had to learn. This year has really taught me a lot with patience and communication with my teammates. This year we started out rough but it made us stick together. It made us come together as brothers and as a family and now our chemistry is really clicking for us. I think it's the perfect time to be going into this tournament."
Brandon Burgraff added 13 points for the Golden Bears (18-10) and Jaren Marino scored 10 as all five starters ended the game in double figures.
Lee Tabb's 18 points led the way for Central State (15-8), which had also won 10 out of its last 12 games. Charles McNeal added 16 points for the Marauders.
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