Ball State's Majok leads conference in double-doubles, rebounds

Rick Yencer

MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - The Ball State Cardinal's slow start to the 2014 basketball season has not stopped senior center Majok Majok from rolling up more records.

Majok, finding himself double teamed in recent games with Utah and Cleveland State, is still leading the Mid-American Conference with three double-doubles and averaging 11 rebounds a game. His rebounding average ranks 12th in the country.

 Now facing Valparaiso in the only home game in December, Majok said Monday it was time for the Cardinals to put it back on the opposing team and come out shooting to turn around the 2-4 season after three straight losses.

 Valparaiso is a big, powerful team, said BSU Coach James Whitford, that is currently 5-4 and been known to get to the NCAA tournament in recent years.

The Crusaders are scoring 86 points a game while scoring 51.9 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three-point range. Ball State is only averaging 69 points a game, 42 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three-point land.

 Whitford said the young team that includes freshmen starters Zavier Turner and Franco House had to sustain play for 40 minutes, and he was satisfied that play had improved after a two practice on Monday.

 Still Ball State's low scoring and problems with turnovers are causing losses along with facing big teams that play zone defense and can shut down Majok under and around the basket.

 Whitford referred to Majok as a good kid and a hard worker. And he believed the team could increase its intensity of play to turnaround its recent string of losses.