Ball State falls to Miami, remains winless in conference play
Cardinals frustrated by repeated losses
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - Freshman guard Zavier Turner insisted the team was better than its 3-12 record after Ball State lost to Miami 64-52 on Saturday at Worthen Arena.
Cardinal basketball coach James Whitford expressed frustration along with the team that is winless in conference play and has not beat a team since beating little Oakland City on Jan.3.
For the 3,000 fans who watched the latest lost, there was nothing to cheer about from Ball State's poor shooting to even worse defense that allowed Miami to go on a 14-0 run in the first half.
Down 35-17 at the half, too many turnovers and late run were not enough to overcome as much as a 20-point deficit in the second half.
Red Hawks coach John Cooper Cardinal turnovers allowed his team to score and senior forward Will Felder did just that with 19 points. Turner led all scoring with 24 points.
Felder said it was good to win on the road at Worthen, especially since the Cardinals beat the Red Hawks by 20 points last year. Miami is current 6-9 and 2-2 in conference play.
"We came ready to play," said Cooper, whose team were an easy trapping defense that stopped most Cardinals from scoring.
Even senior center Majok Majok scored only eight points and had trouble holding onto the ball. And senior forward Chris Bond was held to 14 points.
Bond attributed the loss to lots of missed shots. The Cardinals made only seven of 23 three point shot and was 33 percent from the floor.
The Red Hawks were 51 percent from the floor with only two three point shots.
"I don't think we are that bad," said Bond, about the team's 3-12 record.
Whitford said he continued to work on shooting with freshman guard Mark Alstork who was scoreless playing 29 minutes on Saturday, and others. And he said Majok had to catch the ball more although he had 10 rebounds.
Despite Turner, some fans don't see the talent in other freshmen recruited by former coach Bill Taylor and wonder about seniors who consistently have problems scoring and defending.
Ball State faces Buffalo on Thursday at Worthen and has 10 more conference games through March.