Ball State (10-6, 1-2 MAC) shot over 55 percent from the field, and Franko House scored 20 points to lead the Cardinals to a 85-74 win over the Miami Redhawks (8-8, 1-2 MAC).
House was one of five Cardinals to reach double figures, as Ball State’s bench played a critical role in putting away Miami. Ball State’s second unit outscored the Redhawks 26-4, with Jeremie Tyler and Tahjai Teague leading the way with 11 and 10 points on the night.
Miami was led by Michael and Marcus Weathers, who chipped in 22 and 17 for the Redhawks.
Early on, both squads were extremely sloppy, and the Cardinals eventually wore down the Redhawks, who only played three of their bench players, and four of Miami’s five starters played at least 27 minutes.
The Cardinals outscored Miami 30-13 to end the first half, giving the Cardinals a 43-26 halftime edge.
The Redhawks kept it competitive for a few minutes after the break. At one point, Miami even made it a nine point contest, but BSU always kept a comfortable edge.
The Cardinals were red hot from all over the field, shooting 43.5 percent from behind the arc, setting a new conference season high for BSU.
Miami would bring the game back into single digits with 52 seconds left, but after a pair of Francis Kiapway free throws to extend their lead back to 11, Miami stopped sending Ball State to the line, and the Cardinals wound out the clock to secure the win.
Next up, Miami goes back to Oxford to take on Akron, and Ball State travels to Buffalo, with both games taking place on Saturday.