Bowling Green moves into MAC semis with win over Ball State
CLEVELAND (AP) — Demajeo Wiggins had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Dylan Frye added 20 points and Bowling Green moved into the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament by beating Ball...
Ball State meets BG in MAC quarters
No. 11 seed Ball State (16-16, 7-12) vs. No. 3 seed Bowling Green (20-11, 12-6)
Mid-American Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland; Thursday, 8 p.m....
Defense shines as Ball St. beats E. Michigan 61-43
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Tahjai Teague recorded 15 points as Ball St. topped Eastern Michigan 61-43 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tourney on Monday night. Ishmael El-Amin added...
Ball State, E. Michigan meet in MAC tourney
No. 11 seed Ball State (15-16, 6-12) vs. No. 6 seed Eastern Michigan (15-16, 9-9)
Mid-American Conference Tourney First Round, Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan; Monday, 6 p.m....
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Levi Bradley had 22 points as Northern Illinois topped Ball State 64-57 on Friday night.
Eugene German had 15 points for Northern Illinois (15-16, 8-10 Mid-American...
Ball State looks for home win vs N. Illinois
Northern Illinois (14-16, 7-10) vs. Ball State (15-15, 6-11)
John E. Worthen Arena, Muncie, Indiana; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Ball State looks for its fourth straight win over...
Thompson IV carries E. Michigan over Ball St. 68-61
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — James Thompson IV had 20 points and 23 rebounds as Eastern Michigan beat Ball St. 68-61 on Tuesday night.
Thompson, who had eight offensive and 15 defensive boards,...
E. Michigan looks to sweep Ball State
Ball State (15-14, 6-10) vs. Eastern Michigan (14-15, 8-8)
Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Ball State seeks revenge on Eastern Michigan after...
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — K.J. Walton registered 15 points as Ball State narrowly beat Western Michigan 60-58 on Saturday.
WMU rallied from a 10-point deficit to tie the game at 55-all with...
W. Michigan seeks revenge on Ball State
Ball State (14-14, 5-10) vs. Western Michigan (8-20, 2-13)
University Arena in Read Fieldhouse, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
Jackson scores 19 to carry Toledo past Ball St. 80-72
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Marreon Jackson posted 19 points as Toledo topped Ball St. 80-72 on Tuesday night.
Jaelan Sanford had 18 points and six rebounds for Toledo (22-6, 10-5 Mid-American...
Ball State looks to extend streak vs Toledo
Toledo (21-6, 9-5) vs. Ball State (14-13, 5-9)
John E. Worthen Arena, Muncie, Indiana; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Ball State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head...
McKay carries Cent. Michigan past Ball St. 64-57
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Kevin McKay had 17 points and 19 rebounds to lead Central Michigan to a 64-57 win over Ball St. on Saturday.
Larry Austin Jr. had 16 points for Central Michigan (19-8,...
Ball State looks to seep C. Michigan
Central Michigan (18-8, 7-6) vs. Ball State (14-12, 5-8)
John E. Worthen Arena, Muncie, Indiana; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Central Michigan seeks revenge on Ball State after...
Miami (Ohio) holds off Ball St. 69-66 behind Ayah, Sibande
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Precious Ayah set career highs with 11 points and 13 rebounds and Miami (Ohio) held off Ball State 69-66 on Tuesday night.
Persons scores 15 to lead Ball State past Akron 57-56
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tayler Persons registered 15 points and nine rebounds and Trey Moses' tip-in basket with 7 seconds remaining carried Ball State to a 57-56 victory over Akron on Saturday.
K.J. Walton had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals (14-11, 5-7 Mid-American Conference). Tahjai Teague added nine rebounds and Moses grabbed nine rebounds to go with six points.
Mallers scores 22 to lift Ball St. past W. Michigan 79-59
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Kyle Mallers had a career-high 22 points plus 10 rebounds as Ball State romped past Western Michigan 79-59 on Saturday.
Tayler Persons had 15 points for Ball St. (13-11, 4-7 Mid-American Conference), which broke its four-game home losing streak. Brachen Hazen added 11 points. K.J. Walton had 11 points for the home team.
Persons’ free throw lifts Ball State over NIU 72-71
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Tayler Persons hit six 3-pointers and scored 29 points, including the game-winning free throw with two seconds left, and Ball State beat Northern Illinois 72-71 on Tuesday night to end a four-game skid.
Williams lifts Kent State over Ball State 83-80 in OT
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Antonio Williams followed his desperation 3-pointer and scored the winning layup with 2.7 seconds left in overtime to help Kent State beat Ball State 83-80 on Saturday.
Williams threw it hard off the backboard from beyond the 3-point line, raced into the lane for the rebound and finished in the air. Ball State turned it over by throwing it out of bounds and C.J. Williamson iced it with two free throws.
Miami (OH) downs Ball State 71-65 behind Bowman, Ringo
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Bam Bowman scored 16 points, Darrian Ringo added 15 with six assists and five steals, and Miami (OH) held off Ball State 71-65 on Tuesday night after the Cardinals hit 1 of 11 from 3-point range.
Dalonte Brown made three 3s and scored 13 points and Nike Sibande added 11 points for the Redhawks (10-9, 2-4 Mid-American Conference), who hit 9 of 24 3-pointers and shot 51 percent but were outrebounded 36-27.
Walton scores 24, leads Ball State down stretch to beat CMU
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — K.J. Walton scored 16 of his career-high 24 points in the second half to lead Ball State to an 83-72 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday.
The Chippewas had a five-point lead when Walton had a steal and dunk to spark an 18-3 run to give Ball State a 71-61 lead with five minutes left. Walton scored 10 points with three dunks during the stretch. CMU pulled within nine points but didn't get closer.
Bowling Green edges Ball State 79-78 for 8th straight win
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Justin Turner scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half, Daeqwon Plowden had 19 points and eight rebounds and Bowling Green edged Ball State 79-78 on Tuesday night for its eighth straight victory.
Dylan Frye sank a 3-pointer with 3:09 remaining to extend BGSU's lead to 72-66 and he added a free throw with 5.7 seconds left for a 79-75 lead. Tayler Persons answered with a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.
Ohio beats Ball State 70-52 for first conference win
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Teyvion Kirk scored 19 points with nine rebounds and Ohio used a big first half to beat Ball State 70-52 on Saturday for its first Mid-American Conference win this season.
Jason Carter added 13 points with nine boards and Doug Taylor scored 11. Jason Preston dished out eight assists.
Tayler Persons scored 16 points and K.J. Walton and Zach Gunn had 10 each with Trey Moses pulling down 13 rebounds.
Ball State ends Toledo’s 10-game winning streak
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Tahjai Teague scored 20 points with three 3-pointers and 12 rebounds, and Ball State ended Toledo's 10-game win streak with a 79-64 victory in a Mid-American Conference opener Friday night.
Teague posted his second double-double this season. Tayler Persons scored 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting, Trey Moses added 17 points and K.J. Walton 14 for the Cardinals (10-4), who won their fourth straight and ninth in their last 10 games by taking down the defending MAC West champions.
Thompson scores 19 points and Ball St. routs Delaware St.
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Josh Thompson scored 19 points to lead eight Ball State players in double figures and the Cardinals defeated Delaware State 116-57 on Saturday.
Tahjai Teague had 16 points, K.J. Walton had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Tayler Persons had 16 points and seven assists for the Cardinals (9-4). Nine players played at least 16 minutes for the Cardinals, with the eight in double figures. Zach Gunn had eight points, six rebounds and two assists.
Persons leads hot shooting Ball State over Howard 98-71
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tayler Persons scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting Thursday night and Ball State made 14 3-pointers in a 98-71 victory over Howard.
Tahjai Teague added 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds for the Cardinals (8-4), who have won seven of eight. Ball State shot 34 of 58 (59 percent) from the field and 14 of 29 (48 percent) from 3-point range.
Teague’s double-double helps Ball State beat Valpo 77-61
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Tahjai Teague had his first double-double of the season and K.J. Walton scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting to help Ball State beat Valparaiso 77-61 Monday night.
Feehan scores 29, Evansville beats Ball State 89-77
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Shea Feehan poured in a career-high 29 points and all five Evansville starters scored in double figures in an 89-77 victory over Ball State on Sunday.
Teague sparks surge; Ball St. holds off Loyola Chicago 75-69
CHICAGO (AP) — K.J. Walton scored 22 points and Ball State held off Loyola Chicago for a 75-69 victory on Wednesday night for its fifth straight win.
Walton made 11 of 14 field goals. Tahjai Teague added 14 points, and Tayler Persons and Zach Gunn chipped in 12 apiece for the Cardinals (6-3), who shot 57 percent (28 of 49) from the floor.
Teague scores 19 points, Ball State beats IUPUI 85-75
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tahjai Teague scored 19 points with nine rebounds and three steals, Tayler Persons added 16 points with eight rebounds, and Ball State beat IUPUI 85-75 on Saturday for its fourth straight win.
Zach Gunn scored 11 points and K.J. Walton and Kyle Mallers added 10 apiece for the Cardinals (5-3), who shot 56 percent and made 21 of 30 free throws.
Ball State shoots 59 percent, rolls past D-II Tiffin 108-62
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tayler Persons scored 20 points, Trey Moses had 14 points and 17 rebounds and Ball State rolled to a 108-62 victory over Division II Tiffin on Tuesday night.
Both Persons and Moses were 7 of 10 from the field. Zach Gunn added 17 points, made four 3-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds for Ball State (4-3). K.J. Walton and Tahjai Teague added 15 points apiece. The Cardinals shot 59 percent from the floor and made nine 3-pointers.
Teague scores 21 as Ball State opens with 86-69 win
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tahjai Teague scored 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Ball State pulled way in the second half to defeat Indiana State 86-69 in a season opener Tuesday night.
Tayler Persons added 16 with K.J.Walton and Brachen Hazen scoring 15 each. Hazen led the Cardinals with nine rebounds with Teague adding seven and Persons handing out five assists. Trey Moses blocked four shots to tie his career high while also reaching 100 for his career.
Kent State downs Ball State 76-73 in MAC quarterfinals
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jalen Avery hit a driving layup with 24 seconds left and Jaylin Walker scored 19 points as defending champion Kent State, the fifth-seed moved into the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament with a 76-73 win over fourth-seeded Ball State on Thursday.
Adonis De La Rosa scored 13 of his 17 points on free throws for the Golden Flashes (17-16), who will play top-seeded Buffalo in Friday's first semifinal. The Bulls advanced with an 89-74 win over Central Michigan.
N. Illinois rally sends Huskies past Ball St. 66-65
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Levi Bradley scored 18 points with a career-high 17 rebounds and Eugene German's jump shot with 16 seconds left sent Northern Illinois past Ball State 66-65 on Friday night.
Tayler Persons missed a 3-point attempt for Ball State to end the game. German finished with 25 points and Dante Thorpe scored 11 for Northern Illinois (13-18, 6-12 Mid-American Conference).
Western Michigan ends Ball State’s 5-game win streak 87-80
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Reggie Jones had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Western Michigan beat Ball State 87-80 and snapped the Cardinals' five-game winning streak on Friday night.
Thomas Wilder added 18 points for the Broncos (17-12, 9-7 Mid-American Conference), who didn't lead until a 9-0 run made it 59-54 in the second half. Bryce Moore added 14 points and Josh Davis scored 12.
Ball State beats NIU 77-68, keeps pace in MAC West
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Trey Moses had 23 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, Tahjai Teague was one rebound shy of a double-double and Ball State beat Northern Illinois 77-68 on Tuesday night.
Ball State (19-9, 10-5 Mid-American Conference) got its seventh victory in its past eight to move within a game of West leader Toledo (11-4).
Persons, El-Amin help Ball State sweep Toledo 99-71
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tayler Persons and Ishmael El-Amin scored 18 points apiece and Ball State led the entire game to throw some cold water on red-hot Toledo, sweeping the Rockets 99-71 on Saturday.
Persons opened the game with a layup and Ball State charged out to a 10-0 lead and didn't let Toledo — which had only lost twice since Jan. 2 — get closer than four points.
Moses, Teague lead Ball State over Kent State 87-68
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Trey Moses scored 22 points, Tahjai Teague had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Ball State cruised to an 87-68 victory over Kent State on Friday night.
Ball State (16-9, 7-5 Mid-American Conference) has won four of its last five games. Kent State (12-13, 6-6) has lost three straight.
Moses was 9 of 10 from the field and Teague was 8-of-12 shooting. Sean Sellers added 15 points and Tayler Persons had 13, and the duo combined for six of the Cardinals' eight 3-pointers.
Persons drains last-second 3, Ball State beats Bowling Green
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tayler Persons drained a 3-pointer with one second left to give Ball State a 59-56 victory over Bowling Green on Tuesday night.
Persons, who had just two points in the first half, stepped behind a Trey Moses screen and ripped the net for the winner. It is the fifth time this season that Persons has hit either the tying or winning shot for the Cardinals. He finished with 15 points.
Teague has double-double, Ball St. cruises past Toledo 75-63
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Tahjai Teague had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Ball State beat Toledo 75-63 on Tuesday night to snap the Rockets' seven-game win streak.
Toledo (15-7, 7-2 Mid-American Conference) missed out on a chance to pull into a first-place tie with conference leader Buffalo (16-6, 8-1), which lost to Kent State 82-79. Ball State (14-8, 5-4) has won back-to-back games.
Ball State outlasts Akron, red-hot Ivey 111-106, 2OT
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tayler Persons and Tahjai Teague each scored 26 points, Trey Moses poked the ball away from Akron's red-hot Jimond Ivey with four seconds left and Ball State held on for a wild, 111-106 double overtime victory on Saturday, its first series win against Akron since 2004.
Ivey scored a career-high and stadium-record 48 points, breaking the previous Worthen Arena scoring record of 41 set by Bonzi Wells and Earl Boykins, both of whom went on to careers in the NBA.
Zabo’s hot hand in OT lifts Kent State over Ball State 88-80
KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Zabo scored seven of his 21 points in overtime and Danny Pippen finished with a double-double to power Kent State to an 88-80 victory over Ball State on Tuesday night.
Pippen scored 11 with 16 rebounds for the Golden Flashes (10-10, 4-3 Mid-American Conference), who beat the Cardinals for a 15th straight time. Adonis De La Rosa finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, Jaylin Walker scored 17 with seven boards and Jalen Avery and BJ Duling added 10 points each.
Ringo, McLean spur Miami (OH) to 71-53 win over Ball State
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Darrian Ringo knocked down all five of his 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 and Logan McLane scored 20 points to lead Miami (Ohio) to a 71-53 win over Ball State on Saturday.
Ringo and McLane had each had five steals, a career-best for McLane. The two combined to shoot 58 percent (15 of 26) from the floor, including 7 of 8 from beyond the arc for the RedHawks (10-9, 3-3 Mid-American Conference).
Ball State holds off Central Michigan for 82-76 victory
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Jeremie Tyler drilled five from distance to total 21 points as Ball State finished strong to hold off Eastern Michigan 82-76 on Tuesday night.
Trey Moses had his fifth double-double in the last eight games with 13 points and 11 rebounds, Tayler Persons added 12 points with eight rebounds and Sean Sellers chipped in 11 points for Ball State (12-6, 3-2 Mid-American Conference).
Western Michigan starts fast, rolls past Ball State 73-58
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Bryce Moore opened the game with a 3-pointer and Josh Davis hit two more as Western Michigan opened on a 13-3 run and never eased up in a 73-58 Mid-America Conference West Division battle with Ball State on Saturday afternoon.
Bouncing back after having a four-game win streak snapped Tuesday at Toledo, the Broncos pushed their home win streak to eight straight regular season MAC wins.
Moses, Persons fuel Ball State comeback over Ohio, 75-68
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Trey Moses and Tayler Persons each scored 16 points and Ball State used a big second-half run to take the lead and post a 75-68 win over Ohio in a Mid-America Conference battle Tuesday night.
James Gollon drilled 3-pointer as time expired to send Ohio into intermission with a 31-29 lead and the Bobcats opened the second half on a 6-0 run.
Ball State defeats Florida A&M 75-54 for 8th-straight win
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tahjai Teague scored 16 points and Ball State defeated Florida A&M 75-54, winning its eighth straight in a final nonconference game Friday night.
Trey Moses scored 10 points with 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (9-4) and Tayler Persons scored 10 points with four assists.
Ball State held a 39-30 advantage on the boards and outscored Florida A&M 24-16 in the paint and 15-6 on second-chance points.
Persons’ last-second 3 lifts Ball St over Valparaiso 71-70
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tayler Persons scored 23 points, including seven straight down the stretch and the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left, and Ball State beat Valparaiso 71-70 on Saturday to win its fifth straight.
The Crusaders regained the lead 60-56 after an 11-2 run capped by Bakari Evelyn's 3-pointer, but the Cardinals led 68-67 on Persons' jumper with 2:08 to go.
Ball State shocks No. 9 Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ball State had never come close against Notre Dame, let alone beat the Fighting Irish.
Both changed Tuesday night on Tayler Persons' left-wing 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining as the Cardinals shocked the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish 80-77 at Purcell Pavilion.
"I'm going to create shots for myself," Persons said after confidently dribbling down the clock against Rex Pflueger. "Just stay aggressive. I've always had the same mindset — just hit more shots."
Teague lead’s balanced Ball State past IUPUI 83-64
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tahjai Teague scored 14 points and led a balanced Ball State team past IUPUI 83-64 on Saturday.
Five players reached double figures for the Cardinals (4-4) with Trey Moses and Kyle Mallers scoring 12 apiece, Tayler Persons and Sean Sellers 11 each. Ball State made 31 of 58 field goals (53 percent) and knocked down 10 3-pointers, Sellers leading with three.