Ball State Men’s Hoops Hosting Cleveland State Wednesday
Free Press Report
MUNCIE, IN - The Ball State men’s basketball team returns to Worthen Arena to continue non-conference play Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Cleveland State.
The Cardinals (2-2) are coming off a loss Sunday at No. 1-ranked Indiana, while Cleveland State has been off since a Nov. 20 loss to Robert Morris in the preseason NIT.
- Radio (Flagship): Ball State Radio Network (104.1 FM WLBC); Play-by-play: Joel Godett; Analyst: David Eha
- Radio (Student): Sports Link Radio (91.3 FM WCRD); Play-by-play: Sean Stewart; Analyst: Donnie Kolakowski, Tyler Bradfield
- Internet: Live video, live audio and live stats at ballstatesports.com
Ball State and Cleveland State will be meeting for the fifth time ever but the first time since the 1975-76 campaign. The teams met four straight seasons from 1972-73 through 1975-76 with each team winning twice on its home court. The Cardinals won the last meeting, 77-69, on Dec. 17, 1975 in Muncie. Ball State and Cleveland State share one common opponent this season with both teams defeating Grambling State (BSU 78, GSU 51 on Nov. 11; CSU 92, GSU 49 on Nov. 9).
A Quick Look at the Cardinals
Ball State, which owns a 2-2 record, will be playing its fourth home in the first five games of the season Wednesday against Cleveland State. The lone road game during that stretch came Sunday when the Cardinals suffered a 101-53 loss at No. 1-ranked Indiana.
Junior forward Majok Majok led the Cardinals with a Ball State career-high 18 points against the Hoosiers. Senior guard Jauwan Scaife added 11 points and junior forward Matt Kamieniecki matched his career-best with nine rebounds to lead Ball State on the boards.
Majok, the top rebounder in the Mid-American Conference, leads Ball State with averages of 15.3 points and 9.0 boards per game. Scaife is scoring 11.3 points per game, while preseason All-MAC West Division selection Jesse Berry adds 11.0 to give the Cardinals three players averaging double figures.
Freshman guard Marcus Posley averages 3.8 assists per game and ranks second in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio at 5 to 1. Junior forward Chris Bond is tied for second in the MAC with an average of 2.8 steals per game.
Scouting Cleveland State
Cleveland State enters the contest at 4-2, having lost its most recent game at Robert Morris, 71-62, on Nov. 20. After playing six games in 12 days to open the season, Wednesday’s game will be the first in eight days for the Vikings. CSU features six players averaging 8.0 or more points per game, led by sophomore guard Charlie Lee at 14.7. Sophomore forward Anton Grady is close behind at 13.7 points per game.
Lee and senior forward Tim Kamczyc have combined to make 29-of-60 shots from beyond the arc (48.3 percent) for a Vikings team that makes more than seven treys per game. Cleveland State is coming off a 22-11 campaign and a second straight NIT appearance last season. The Vikings have won at least 20 games and played in the postseason in four of the past five years.