Ball St. 78, Oakland City 72
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP)—Julien Mills scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Ball State to a season-opening 78-72 victory over Oakland City on Saturday.
Peyton Stovall went 6-of-6 from the line while adding 16 for the Cardinals (1-0). Charles Bass had 11 points.
John Lane led Oakland City (1-1) with 26. Justin Bradock contributed 17 and Chad Miller 13 for the Mighty Oaks.
Braddock shot 7 of 9 from the free-throw line.
Ball State outrebounded Oakland City 41-27 and beat them 27-0 on second-chance points, though the teams were even in points off turnovers (17).
The Cardinals also had more points in the paint, with 36 compared with the 22 for the Mighty Oaks.