Ball State snaps 10 game losing streak, wins final home game at Worthen
Majok Majok gets 14 points, 14 rebounds
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - A 10-game losing streak with Ball State mens basketball ended on Senior Day Saturday as the Cardinals beat the Central Michigan Chippewas 74-71.
Senior guard Jesse Berry said Coach James Whitford kept saying the ball would bounce the Cardinal's way after three overtime and more game leading contests were lost, now leaving Ball State at the bottom of the Mid American Conference with a 5-22 record and 2-14 in the MAC.
Ball State Athletic Director Bill Scholl spelled relief from the losing season as winning. Ball State attendance at game has sunk below 3,000 fans at recently home games. On Saturday, 3,125 attended to see seniors Berry, Majok Majok, Chris Bond, Tyler Koch and Kinden Crowder recognized.
Majok ranks 18th in the country for his recbounding average with double double games like he had Saturday. He got 14 points and 14 rebounds with a season average of 10.5 points and 9.9 boards a game.
Berry and Bond have 1,000 point careers and are the leading scorers in any given game besides freshman Zavier Turner who is already among the top freshmen in Ball State history.
Berry also has the school record for three point shots with a career high of 217 before Saturday's game.
Koch has been injured during his career, but he played 27 minutes Saturday, scoring seven points. Crowder also has come off the bench this season to contribute the the Cardinal's effort.
Koch said the team was relieved to get a win after winless last month. The last win was Jan. 23 over Buffalo 71-68.
Majok thought the team was playing alot better going into March with conference tournament time coming in about 10 days. In the final minutes of Saturday's game Ball State made 12 of 14 free throws as Central Michigan continue to sink three point shots, mainly from giard Chris Fowler who had 26 points.
Whitford did not think there was alot of differcent among most of the MAC teams where Ball State came a possession or two from winning some games.
Ball State finishes the regular season on he road at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday and Northern Illinois next Saturday.