Ball State men’s basketball capped its four-game road trip with a 79-73 loss at Valparaiso Nov. 27.

The Cardinals shot 50.9 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc, but costly turnovers kept the game away from Ball State.

“You know we turned the ball over 23 times, that is what is misleading about our shooting percentage,” head coach James Whitford said. “If you take 10 of those [turnovers] into missed shots then you wouldn’t have the same number.”

Ball State team leaders

Ryan Weber: 15 points

Francis Kiapway: 15 points

Trey Moses: 9 rebounds

Tayler Persons: 7 assists

Senior forward Franko House and sophomore forward Trey Moses combined for 12 turnovers in the post.

“That was the difference in the game,” Whitford said. “They trapped us in the post and Franko had seven turnovers and Moses had five, and that is highly unusual.”

Valparaiso senior Alex Peters led both teams in scoring with 23 points. He also hit 11 of his 12 free throw attempts, while the Cardinals hit 10-of-11 as a team.

Junior guard Francis Kiapway and senior swingman Ryan Weber led Ball State with 15 points each, while Moses paced the team with 9 rebounds.

Ball State took a 33-30 lead into halftime as Valparaiso shot 33.3 percent in the first, but the Crusaders hit 50 percent of their second half shots for 49 points.

“I thought we wore down in the second half defensively,” Whitford said. “We have got to get tougher.”

Ball State will be in action Nov. 29 when it takes on IU Kokomo in the first home game since the Nov. 15 game against Indiana State.