It was Superhero Day inside of McGuirk Arena, but a member of the opposition walked away looking like Superman.
Ball State senior forward Bo Calhoun played one of the best games in his career, putting up 22 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Cardinals to an impressive 75-63 victory at the hands of Central Michigan.
The battle for first place in the MAC West started off with a quick start from Ball State. But, Central Michigan was able to slow the Cardinals down trailing by one at halftime. This game went back and forth throughout, but Ball State was able to pull away late, and secure their spot atop the MAC West standings.
Other than Calhoun, Franko House did his job down low, as he was able to score 15 points and also grabbed 5 rebounds. Ryan Weber and Jeremie Tyler were also able to contribute, as they added 14 and 10 points respectively.
For Central Michigan, Rayshawn Simmons led the Chippewas with 22 points. Simmons was able to knock down a few three pointers to keep the Chips close in the game. Chris Fowler had 15 points, adding 6 assists and 4 rebounds. The new 3-point leader at CMU John Simons, added 11 points and had 7 rebounds.
It was a very quiet night for the CMU's leading scorer Braylon Rayson, as he was only able to score three points, grab four rebounds, and dish out four assists. Rayson seemed to receive an early injury in the game, which threw off the rest of his game, as we even saw an air ball come out of his hands. The Chippewas are really going to need their junior guard as the season winds down, because come tournament time, everyone is going to be playing at their best so anything can happen, especially in the MAC.
House had his way with Luke Meyer down low, as he was able to drive in and score. DaRohn Scott was able to come into the game and slow House down, but it wasn't enough, as Weber and Tyler made the Chips pay.
It's been a few games where it seems that Meyer is struggling on the defensive end. Scott has done a better job defensively, but hasn't done too much on the offensive side of the ball. The Chips need to find a reliable big man down low if they want to be able to rebound and get some put-backs inside.
Central Michigan will look to shake off their 3-game losing streak as they host the Toledo Rockets on Tuesday, while Ball State will travel to Oxford to take on Miami. Both games are set for 7 o'clock tip-offs.