Rose leads E. Kentucky to close win over Ball State, 51-48

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RICHMOND, Ky. (AP)—Mike Rose hit a jump shot with 16.5 seconds left to put Eastern Kentucky up for good in a 51-48 win over Ball State Saturday night.

Adam Leonard sank two free throws with 2.1 seconds left for the final score.

The Colonels (14-13) led throughout the game and were up 23-18 at the half.

Ball State (5-21) took its first lead with a score by Anthony Newell to go up 41-39 with 5:32 left.

The game see-sawed back and forth with neither team holding more than a two-point lead until the final seconds.

Peyton Stovall gave the Cardinals their last lead when he broke free for a layup with 38 seconds left to put Ball State up 48-47, setting the stage for Rose and Leonard’s late-game heroics.

Stovall scored 22 points for Ball State.

Rose led Eastern Kentucky with 17 points, and Josh Taylor added 13, including 10 points in the second half.

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Peyton Stovall Peyton Stovall
9-13,  22 Pts
9 Rebs, 2 Assists
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Mike Rose Mike Rose
7-14,  17 Pts
5 Rebs, 5 Assists

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