Trey Moses used his strength down low, and scored a career high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Ball State defeats their MAC West rival the Central Michigan Chippewas, 98-83 on Tuesday night in Worthen Arena. Ball State moves to 12-6 (3-2 MAC) after their third straight win, and Central Michigan falls to 11-7 (1-4 MAC) on the season.
Four other Cardinals scored in double figures as well as Moses, as Tayler Persons scored 18 points, Franko House scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds, Francis Kiapway scored 14 points, and Jeremie Tyler scored 10 points. Ball State was able to use their strength to muscle their way down low and force CMU to bring multiple defenders over to create open looks on the outside for three.
The nation’s leading scorer Marcus Keene led all scorers with 29 points, while dishing out seven assists on the night. Braylon Rayson contributed 20 points and led the team in rebounds with six, and David DiLeo added 14 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Central Michigan came out of the gates on fire, Keene hitting three pointers from all over the place. The Chippewas had a 10 point lead with about 8:01 to go in the first half, but Ball State went on an 18-0 run to grab a 48-43 lead at the half and led the rest of the way. Central Michigan tied it at 48 early in the second half, but wasn’t able to grab the lead. Scoring droughts came back to haunt the Chippewas in this game.
Ball State shot 55.6% from the field, converting on 35 of 63 attempts from the field. The Cardinals made 9 of their 22 shots from beyond the arc, for a 40.9% clip, and were able to make 19 of their 24 free throws, good for 79.2% on the night. The Cardinals were able to take advantage of the defense that CMU showed and exploited their weaknesses. Ball State out rebounded CMU 43-34, with 34 defensive rebounds to limit the second chance baskets for CMU.
Central Michigan converted on 24 of their 68 shots, 35.3% from the field. The Chippewas expanded their range and made 17 of their 41 shots from three-point range, a 41.5% clip which is where they want to be, just not enough.
Ball State looks to keep this winning streak alive as they travel to Bowling Green to take on the Falcons on Saturday, January 21. Tip is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN3.
Central Michigan will look to get a winning streak going as they return home to host the Miami (OH) RedHawks on Saturday, January 21. Tip is set for 1:30 and will be aired on ESPN3.