Sophomore guard Tayler Persons gets ready to defend during the game against University of Indianapolis on Nov. 3 in Worthen Arena. Kyle Crawford // DN
Ball State men's basketball tops UIndy 74-64 in preseason exhibition
Ball State men’s basketball started its season with an exhibition against the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds and came away with more than just the 74-64 victory on Nov. 3.
There are improvements this team must make in order to compete for a Mid-American Conference title.
“We need to defend way better than we did tonight,” head coach James Whitford said. “We didn’t defend nearly to our level.”
Ball State leading scorers
Tahjai Teague, 16 points
Tayler Persons, 13 points
Sean Sellers, 13 points
Trey Moses, 11 points
Ball State played three players that did not play in a game for the Cardinals last season: redshirt sophomore guard Tayler Persons, senior center DouDou Gueye and redshirt freshman forward Tahjai Teague.
Persons started at point guard after sitting out last season because of NCAA transfer rules, while Gueye, who is eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer, contributed two blocks in six minutes.
Teague played 30 minutes, scoring 16 points and hauling in 12 rebounds after replacing senior forward Franko House, who left the game around the 12-minute mark of the first half after taking an elbow to the head.
“Those guys came in after that House guy went down and played great,” University of Indianapolis head coach Stan Gouard said. “I don’t know who they were, but they came in and really wore our guys down.”
Sophomore forward Trey Moses combined added 11 points and two more blocks.
Whitford said he was glad the Cardinals scheduled the exhibition game against UIndy
“This game was a great test for us,” Whitford said. “I am thankful we got to play this game and we will definitely learn a lot from it.”
Ball State will open up regular season play Nov. 11 at St. Louis against the Saint Louis Billikens. Whitford said his team has a lot to work on.