The Ball State men’s basketball team cheers from the sidelines as one of its teammates scores a basket in the game against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 27 in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals beat their record of highest number of points since 1989, scoring 115 to 79. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
Players, students and alumni respond to men's basketball loss
Before the 2015-16 men's basketball season began, Ball State was picked to finish last in the Mid-American Conference by the MAC preseason poll.
Ball State finished its season on March 23 in a 67-69 loss to Columbia in the quarterfinal match of the CollegeInsider.com Invitational Tournament.
Since the loss, Twitter has been abuzz with reactions from players, students and alumni.
Some players including freshman forward Trey Moses were disappointed with the loss.
Tough loss ... Not the way we wanted to cap off the year we had ..— Trey Moses (@treymoses32) March 24, 2016
Even with the loss, sophomore guard Jeremie Tyler shared his love with his teammates on social media.
At the end of the day. I love my teammates. We are all family. Proud of them and what we've accomplished. #ALLIN— J. (@worldboy_22) March 24, 2016
Junior guard Kaleb Mallory went as far as calling his teammates his brothers.
Support was shared by other student athletes as well, including fellow athletes like senior linebacker Sean Wiggins.
Even fellow students joined the conversation on social media, like senior sports administration major Matthew Johnson.
Former Ball State students have been following the Cardinals run in the CIT. Ball State alumnus Bill Landgraf commented after the Cardinals' 83-80 win over the University of Tennessee Martin.
BSU Alums are so proud!!!! Keep it going CARDINALS!!!! https://t.co/21pN9T9k3I— Bill Landgraf (@Tram1984) March 21, 2016
Landgraff also commented on the team's season as a whole after its loss to Columbia.
The Ball State basketball program is on the come!! What a fun season and finishing with 21 wins is fantastic!! https://t.co/3ldLmbDaUm— Bill Landgraf (@Tram1984) March 24, 2016
With the loss, the Cardinals finished the season 21-14, which was the first time the program finished with more than 20-wins since the 2001-02 season.
Ball State will say goodbye to four seniors as the team transitions into the 2016-17 season.