The Cardinals (16-7, 7-3 MAC), enjoying their best start since 2000, defeated the Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-17, 3-7 MAC) in what was a tightly contested contest that needed an extra five minutes to decide a winner. This game, broadcasted on CBS Sports, was a close one from the very beginning with Ball State trailing by three going into halftime. Head Coach Michael Lewis applauded his team for a better, more complete second half.
After a rocky night in which they needed to extend their stay and then an early departure to Bowling Green (10-12, 4-5 MAC), the Cardinals survived on the road for a second consecutive game.
Ball State turnover. Buffalo layup. Ball State turnover. Buffalo miss, but then another Ball State turnover. Buffalo 3-pointer, Ball State answers. Then back-to-back turnovers lead to back-to-back 3-pointers. Coach Lewis calls a timeout. The score is 12 - 3. Ball State (13-7, 4-3 MAC) could never recover from this sloppy start in its 26-point loss at the hands of Buffalo (10-10, 4-3 MAC), who never seemed to cool down, shooting 59.7 percent (37-of-62) from the field and 50 percent (11-of-22) from the perimeter.
Ball State (13-6, 4-2 MAC) went on the road to take on battle-tested Kent State (16-3, 6-0 MAC) in a matchup of the two teams atop the Mid-American Conference (MAC) standings, and Kent State put on a clinic. The Golden Flashes clicked on just about every aspect of the game, while the Cardinals had trouble on both sides of the ball. Head Coach Michael Lewis acknowledges that this was their first real test of the season.
“Three games in a row here that we'll be thanking the crowd. They played a huge role tonight. Their energy, their noise, they tried to help the officials. The whole thing. I love it,” head coach Michael Lewis said. “The students were fantastic. We're going to try to continue to play hard and compete and put a product out there that those people appreciate.”
Worthen Arena was rocking today as the Cardinals flew higher than the Redhawks. This season’s edition of the Redbird rivalry started with a victory from Ball State (12-5, 3-1 MAC) as they defeated Miami (OH) (7-10, 1-3 MAC).
Poor passing. Poor court awareness. Bad shot selection. Miscommunications. “What are you doing? What are you doing?” rang on the court and could be heard through the broadcast. Head Coach Michael Lewis was at a loss for words on the sideline in Athens, Ohio. In what was a physical game, which is synonymous with Mid-American Conference (MAC) play, Ball State (11-5, 2-1 MAC) fell to Ohio (9-7, 1-2 MAC).
A huge block leading to a big layup from Mickey Pearson. A smooth behind-the-back pass from Jarron Coleman for an easy layup. A steal and outlet pass leading to a slam. The Cardinals made big plays under the bright lights of Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Downtown Indianapolis Dec. 17 and left with their third win on the bounce.
After suffering two straight heartbreaking buzzer-beating losses, the Ball State Cardinals were on a mission to get back in the win column, and they did so in dominating fashion against Eastern Illinois. Four players are currently averaging 10+ points on the season, and against the Panthers, there were five with double figures.
Jaylin Sellers takes the handoff and goes straight to the basket for a layup plus the foul. He drains the free throw to give Ball State Men's Basketball a two-point lead with 12 seconds to go. Duquesne makes its way up the court, scrambling to either tie or win the game. Ball State defends their matchups well until Tre Clark III gets the ball on the left wing. He dribbles and shot fakes, but Jarron Coleman doesn’t bite. It doesn’t matter. He shoots it anyway. The buzzer sounds and the basket is good. The Dukes win, 78-77.