Berry gets top gun honors after Ball State breezes through Grambling State in Div. 1 basketball
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - Ball State found it easy to beat a losing Grambling State with a 17 point game from guard Jesse Berry and a double double from new big man Majok Majok.
And Berry, a Lafayette junior, earned player of the week honors for the Mid-American Conference West Division after this first game of the season under the big lights.
Billy Taylor, BSU basketball coach was obviously pleased with his team's 78-51 win over Grambling that went 4-24 last year. The home game Sunday definitely wasn't the challenge that Wofford that visits on Friday since that team went to the NCAA dance last year and has a bit more height and speed.
During the weekly media live stream, Taylor used adjectives like speed, and versatility besides having a team that can score 30 points in the paint. And then there's Berry whose 17 point game got the attention and respect of other MAC watchers. He has four three-point shots and was five for five at the line, showing he was the best starter of the game and the west side of the conference. Then there was Majok, that junior college transfer from Australia, who made his presence known under the basket for 11 points and 12 rebounds and that all important double double
Then there were junior Matt Kamieniecki from Clarkston, Mi and freshman Marcus Posley from Rockford, Il. that also were in double figures along with help from freshman Bo. Calhoun of South Bend off the bench that iced the game as Grambling never came back after halftime.
Taylor was impressed with his guard and forward play and hoped the same chemistry will show up Friday at Wofford. And he the scoring besides a good share of turnovers would be there too.
As far as the fans, only 3,141 in the seats, Taylor promised he had a better team than recent years that would fill the seats and give the community a team to get behind
And there will be plenty to get behind later this month. Ball State plays Indiana State at Worthen on Nov. 20 and then turns around and travels to Indiana University after Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 to face the No. 1 ranked Hoosiers.
Ball State also has away games with Butler at storied Hinkle on Dec. 1 and then go to Purdue at Mackey and Matt Painter's Boilermakers on Dec. 18.
Those away games with the Hoosier basketball nation's big three will definitely be sold out affairs and plenty of fun for BSU fans too.