Ball State's fourth loss of 2017-18 followed a familiar pattern in its 80-76 loss to Ohio on Saturday afternoon.
Ohio (12-9, 6-4 MAC) started the game shooting lights-out and played excellent defense to take a 39-14 lead before halftime.
However, the Cardinals (18-4, 7-4 MAC) made a furious rally which started with a 14-0 run before Ohio could reach the scoreboard again.
Ball State would continue the run, eventually tying the contest at 59. But sharpshooting by freshman forward Gabby Burris, who scored a career-high 19 points helped Ohio take control of the contest.
The Cardinals couldn't overcome poor shooting from behind the arc as leading scorer senior forward Moriah Monaco went just 2-for-11 from deep.
All four of Ball State's losses have come by six points or less. Both teams were called for over 25 fouls in the game.
Next up, Ball State plays Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Eastern Michigan at Worthen Arena.