If you were looking for another close, down-to-the-wire basketball contest, “The Pit” in New Mexico was the place to be for the second straight night. The Cardinals offense didn’t put on their best offensive performance, but that didn’t matter. Both teams shot under 40 percent on the night which led to a low-scoring, defensive battle.
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After a 10-day break, Ball State was back in action Wednesday as they tipped-off their play in the Lobo Invitational in New Mexico.
For the past three seasons, Ball State has been accustomed to early Christmas presents. Dec. 5, 2017: Cardinals upset No. 8 Notre Dame. Dec. 5, 2018: Cardinals upset 2018 Final Four contender Loyola Chicago. Wednesday, it was Georgia Tech.
It was a back-and-forth battle that required an extra five minutes of basketball to decide the winner, as Western Kentucky made the final run in overtime to push ahead for the victory over Ball State Women’s Basketball. Here are four takeaways from the Cardinals’ 91-86 loss to the Lady Toppers.
Over the past five games, redshirt freshman guard Jarron Coleman has been held to five or fewer points. Ball State Men’s Basketball’s Saturday matinee against IUPUI changed the narrative for what Coleman does on offense. Coleman would score 20 of the teams’ 102 points on the afternoon, and he did it in an efficient way.
Despite junior forward Oshlynn Brown’s 22 points and 14 rebounds, Ball State (4-4, 0-0 MAC) came up short in Saturday’s matchup with Western Kentucky (7-2, 0-0 C-USA).
Throughout the early season, it's been a game of halves for Ball State Men's Basketball (5-4, 0-0 MAC). Against Evansville and Loyola Chicago, Ball State floundered in the first half but would rally in the second. However, the imbalance set the Cardinals too far back for a win.
Freshman guard Luke Bumbalough into the starting lineup, and redshirt freshman guard Jarron Coleman to the bench. This decision wasn’t because of performance or skill. It was based on benefiting both players and their styles of play.
Head coach James Whitford didn't beat around the bush describing his team's performance in the second half against Loyola Chicago Tuesday.
Ball State Women’s Basketball (4-3, 0-0 MAC) took a break from the cold this week and traveled down south to the Bahamas for the Hoopfest Tournament, joined by the likes of Wisconsin, Arkansas, Fordham, and Lehigh. The Cardinals went 1-1 on the tournament, grabbing a buzzer-beater win over the Mountain Hawks and falling short to the Badgers.
It was a tale of two halves for Ball State Men’s Basketball (4-3, 0-0 MAC). The Cardinals set a school record for 3-pointers made against Howard Saturday with 21. Tuesday, Ball State managed to make only 21 shots in total in a 69-62 loss to Western Illinois (2-4, 0-0 Summit).
Fans were on the edge of their seats Saturday in Worthen Arena, as Ball State Women’s Basketball (3-2, 0-0 MAC) came out with a four-point win over Butler (4-1, 0-0 Big East). There were a number of aspects that contributed to the Cardinals’ success, but a few stood out in crunch time.
With about 10 minutes left in the first half, senior forward Kyle Mallers passed the ball to junior guard Ishmael El-Amin, who then passed it to redshirt senior guard Josh Thompson.
“I’m excited for what I just saw out of this basketball team.”
The octagon ceiling that encloses the court inside Worthen Arena keeps the players and the fans warm and dry. Around 4 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service predicted a 90 percent chance of perception.
Thirty-two minutes. That’s how much time it took for Muncie Burris (4-3) to secure the win over Wes-Del (0-6).
"We could be 5-0."
Ball State’s win over Indiana State was a tale of two halves. One half saw the ball clank off of the rim, and the other saw it fall through the bottom of the net.
In its past three games, Ball State Men's Basketball has gotten off to a slower start. Whether it's scoring or shooting, at least one facet of the game has taken a while to get going.