Ball State loses another MAC game at home
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - Toledo guard Rian Pearson knew letting Ball State hang around could beat them in the end.
But the Rockets, who outscored the Cardinals nine points in the second half, won 85-78 after Ball State led by a deuce at halftime.
The latest loss put Ball State 0-3 in Mid America Conference games at home, where it's becoming routine for most of the 3,000 some fans to leave before the end of the basketball game.
BSU Coach Billy Taylor said his team made a good effort but then got into turnover trouble and then went flat in scoring in the second half and could only come within three points before losing.
"It was the turnovers" said Taylor,
The Cardinals again played as a team with four players in double figures with guard Jauwan Scaife leading with 23, while fellow guard Jesse Berry adding 18. Foward Majok Majok contributed 16 and forward Chris Bond had 15.
But Pearson led all scoring 24 as Toledo forward Matt Smith had 19 with guards Reese Holliday with 16 and Julius Brown at 12.
And Toldeo Coach Ron Kowalczyk said he wanted his team to play hard and with emotion as he was up, yelling and keeping the momentum going his way.
Some fans simply did not understand why Ball State now cannot win a game at home, obviously ignoring the lack of support from the community and even students. Out of the 3,219 who attended Wednesday, there were only a few hundred students.
And those empty seats are becoming an issue despite Taylor making an early season comment about he was concerned about team play and not fans in the stands.
Ball State is now 2-5 in MAC play and 8-11 overall with eight more games before tournament time and headed to Bowling Green Saturday that is 2-4 and 7-12 overall. Of course, Toledo is only 4-3 after beating Ball State and 8-10 overall.
In the West Division, Ball State shares the cellar with Northern Illinois that is 2-4 and 4-14 overall.