Western Michigan wins 10th straight at home, 57-53 over Ball St
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP)—Joe Reitz scored five points in the final two minutes, including the game-winning free throws with 36 seconds left, to lead Western Michigan to a 57-53 win over Ball State on Sunday.
The victory was the 10th straight at home for Western (19-11, 12-4 Mid-American).
The Broncos led for most of the game but had fallen behind 53-50 when Reitz drove toward the hoop for a layup and was fouled with 1:59 left. He converted a free throw to complete the three-point play for a 53-53 tie, then put Western Michigan ahead for good with a pair of free throws with 36 seconds remaining.
David Kool scored 19 points for Western, and Reitz had 14.
Anthony Newell led Ball State (6-23, 5-11) with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, while Malik Perry added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Newell missed two shots in the final 15 seconds with the Cardinals trailing by two, the first a jump shot from the baseline and the second an unsuccessful drive to the basket against two Broncos defenders.