Ball State marks fifth straight win over Akron

It was a win, but by the look on head coach Tim Buckley's face, it wasn't the kind of win he was looking for.

"We just didn+â-¡t come to play tonight," Buckley said.

Despite Buckley's disappointment, Mid-American Conference West leader, Ball State downed Akron, who is in last place in the MAC East, 78-66.

The win marked Ball State's fifth straight win and sets the Cardinals home record at 6-1 for the year.

Ball State shot only 36.7 percent from the field in the first half hitting only 11-30.

Aside from the win, the night mostly belonged to Ball State senior guard Petie Jackson who broke and claimed the career three-point record. Jackson entered Saturday's game with 159 threes trailing Randy Zachary by two. Jackson hit four threes on the night.

Jackson finished the contest with 20 points.

Theron Smith continued his reign of the double-double world. Smith finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. It marked Smith+â-¡s 11th doublde-double for the season.

Lonnie Jones also played a fairly important roll for the Cardinals Saturday. Jones finished with 12 points, five rebounds, and four blocks.

It was two players who lead Akron, Darryle Peterson and Rashon Brown. The two combined for 50 of their team+â-¡s 66 points with Peterson finishing with 29 points while Brown tallied 21 points.

"We just couldn+â-¡t quite get a third guy involved," Akron head coach Dan Hipsher said.


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