Second-Half Run Pushes BSU Men’s Hoops Past Wofford, 66-61
MUNCIE, IN - Freshman guard Michael Ramey keyed a game-changing run with a trio of 3-pointers in less than 90 seconds Friday night, and the Ball State men’s basketball team held off Wofford for a 66-61 win at Worthen Arena
Ramey finished with 11 points in his second collegiate game, while junior Majok Majok scored a game-high 17 to lead four Cardinals in double figures. Jauwan Scaife tallied 14 points and Jesse Berry added 12 for Ball State (2-0).
The Cardinals trailed 45-39 with just more than nine minutes to play when Ramey struck for the first time from beyond the arc to start a 13-2 spurt. Ramey hit 3-pointers on the next two possessions, and free throws from Berry and Majok on the next two trips down the floor put Ball State on top 52-47.
Wofford (1-2) trimmed the Cardinals’ lead to two points on three occasions in the closing minutes, but the Terriers could get no closer. Ball State scored 10 of its final 12 points at the free throw line over the last four minutes to close out the win.
Majok played aggressively in the paint, earning 10 free throws on the night and knocking down nine of them. The junior college transfer reached double figures for the second straight game to start his Ball State career and also finished with a team-high seven rebounds.
Ball State’s defensive effort limited Wofford’s leading scorer, Karl Cochran, to 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting. Cochran entered the game having scored more than 20 in each of Wofford’s first two contests. The Cardinals held the Terriers to 36 percent shooting for the game and turned them over 17 times.
Chris Bond’s sticky defense was again a major factor for Ball State as the junior forward finished with five steals to go along with seven points and six rebounds.
The Cardinals picked up their shooting over the second half. After hitting on 35 percent of their shots in the first half, they knocked down 53 percent over the final 20 minutes and also went 21-for-25 at the foul line after the break.
Ball State will play its third consecutive home game Tuesday when it welcomes in-state rival Indiana State to Worthen Arena. That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff.