Ball State opens 72-59 over E. Illinois

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP)—Jarrod Jones had 21 points and 13 rebounds Saturday in Ball State’s 72-59 season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois.

The Cardinals jumped to a 23-6 lead in the first 8 minutes of the game, took their biggest lead at 37-18 on a layup by Jones late in the first half and coasted the rest of the way until a late rally in the game’s closing minutes.

Eastern pulled within 60-54 with 3 minutes to go before a basket by Anthony Newell started an 8-0 run that put the game out of reach.

Newell finished with 19 points.

Eastern was led by Roman Martin with 17 points.

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 Eastern Illinois
Romain Martin Romain Martin
5-10,  17 Pts
4 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Ball St.
Jarrod Jones Jarrod Jones
7-11,  21 Pts
13 Rebs, 2 Assists

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