Ball State uncharacteristically threw the ball away a season-high 21 times, but characteristically threw the ball into the hoop at the right times to down Central Michigan 64 to 55, Saturday afternoon at Worthen Arena.
The Cards are rolling. They are now 11-and-4 on the season, and sit atop the Mid-American Conference Western Division with a perfect 3-and-0 record. The win marks their fifth straight. It is their longest winning streak since the 2003-04 season.
Ball State shot 50.2 percent from the floor and hit 30 of 42 (71.4 percent) from the charity stripe to come back from a 30-to-25, halftime deficit.
Junior forward Jarrod Jones again scored in double digits for Ball State with 10 points. Junior guard Randy Davis scored 10 points as well, but all points came at the free-throw line on 10-of-10 shooting. Freshmen Jesse Berry and Tyrae Robinson added nine points each. All nine Cardinals that played against Central Michigan scored at least three points. The four freshmen on the Ball State roster who played today (Sat.) scored 25 of the Cards’ 64 points (39 percent).
Central Michigan’s talented freshman Trey Zeiger led all scorers with 21 points.
Ball State hits the road for its next game, Wednesday night, at Eastern Michigan.