Ball St. 64, Cent. Michigan 57
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP)—Skip Mills and Peyton Stovall each had 17 points to lead Ball State past Central Michigan 64-57 on Friday.
The Cardinals (6-12, 2-3 Mid-American Conference) held the Chippewas to just 38 percent shooting from the field and never trailed in the game.
Central Michigan (7-10, 2-3) pulled within one point when Giordan Watson hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half. But that would be as close as it would get.
The Cardinals rallied to take a 48-38 lead when Mills hit a three-pointer at the 9:45 mark in the second half. He had two 3-pointers in the game. Mills hit another jumper four minutes later to give Ball State its biggest lead at 54-41.
The Chippewas cut the deficit to eight points when forward Marko Spica connected with a three-point play. But Mills answered with a three-point play of his own to give the Cardinals a commanding 63-50 lead with 1:33 remaining.
Watson had 17 points and three assists for Central Michigan, while Spica had 17 points and six rebounds. Jordan Bitzer had 11 points, while Sefton Barrett scored eight points and collected a team-high nine rebounds.
Poor shooting by the Chippewas enabled Ball State to take a 29-25 halftime lead. Central Michigan shot just 31 percent from the field and made only one 3-pointer in the first half. They also had just one assist.
Barrett cut an early deficit to one point with a putback at the 13:27 mark. But the Cardinals rallied to take a 19-9 lead when guard Chris Ames capped an 11-2 run with a layup.
Central Michigan cut the deficit to five points on a Watson jumper with 4:18 remaining, but Ball State still retained a four-point halftime lead.
Ames, D’Andre Peyton and Anthony Newell each had eight points for the Cardinals, and Newell also collected a team-high nine rebounds.
Ball State was able to score 18 points off 16 Central Michigan turnovers