Josh Blessing

Ball State fell short of securing the No. 2 seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Wednesday night, losing at Western Michigan 87-70.

Despite having three players score in double figures, Ball State was never able to climb back in the game.

Senior forward Malik Perry led the Cardinals with 13 points, junior forward Jarrod Jones followed with 10 points while pulling down seven boardsand sophomore guard Jauwan Scaife chipped in 12 points.

Western Michigan (18-11, 10-5 MAC) had four players score in double figures. Mike Douglas led all scorers with 25 points and dished out six assists.

Ball State (17-12, 9-6 MAC) shot 27.8 percent (5-for-18) from 3-point range for the game, while the Broncos shot 56.3 percent (9-for-16).

The Cardinals only lead of the game came at 4-2 off a Chris Bond layup at the 18:58 mark.

With the loss, Ball State will likely be the No. 5 seed in the MAC Tournament.

The Cardinals can still get a bye with a win Saturday on Senior Day against Northern Illinois and if Ohio and Akron both lose.

If Central Michigan beats Western Michigan on Saturday, Ball State would win the MAC West title and earn a first-round bye to Cleveland next week.