Playing without last season's MAC Freshman of the Year Zavier Turner, suspended earlier in the day for an undisclosed violation of team rules, the Ball State Basketball Cardinals (1-2) fell in Indianapolis to the Jaguars of IUPUI (2-2), 71-69.
This will be a tough one to stomach for the Ball State faithful. Knotted up at 61 through regulation, the overtime period concluded with a P.J. Boutte jumper at the horn to give the Jags the victory. Ball State had possession tied at 69 with just over 30 seconds remaining but a Jeremie Tyler turnover gave IUPUI the opportunity to shoot for the win.
Freshman Sean Sellers had another spectacular performance for the Cardinals. In his third collegiate game, Sellers led all scorers with 22 points, hitting 7 of 14 shots, and 2 of 3 from behind the arc. Matt Kamieniecki logged a double double for the Cardinals, scoring 11 and ripping down 15 rebounds.
Jeremie Tyler was the third Cardinal who scored in double figures, scoring 12 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Tyler struggled handling the ball all day, totaling 7 turnovers versus just a single assist.
Boutte led all IUPUI scorers with 16 points. The Jaguars also got 14 from Aaron Brennan and 13 from Mason Archie II. Marcellus Barksdale led the Jags on the glass with 6 boards.
Ball State controlled the rebounding game, holding a 42-28 advantage over IUPUI. The Jaguars won the turnover battle, committing 15 compared to Ball State's 25.
Sellers is putting up some big numbers since arriving in Muncie. The forward from Greensburg, Indiana is averaging 22 points a contest. Sellers is shooting better than 66% from the field and has hit 7 of his 10 three point attempts on the season.
The Ball State Cardinals are back in action hosting the Grambling State Tigers. IUPU hits the road for a matchup with the Drake Bulldogs on Tuesday.