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By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS / PHOTO) - Ball State lost 69-50 to Valparaiso Wednesday at Worthen Arena in a poor display of shooting.
The Cardinals shot only 27 percent and allowed 48 percent from the Crusaders. Valpo Coach Bryce Drew was happy with the first road win with a team that is growing just like Ball State.
Defense was the name of this game as Valpo never let the Cardinals closer than two.
Valpo has not won at Ball State since 1967, another milestone in history.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - Ball State basketball continued its string of losses Wednesday this time at the hands of a big, defensive Valparaiso team that won 69-50.
Senior forward Tyler Koch said the team literally "lost its identify" as it failed to execute on all fronts, according to BSU coach James Whitford.
The 2-5 Cardinals rolled up four straight losses and now have a two week holiday break before rolling into Marquette on Dec. 17.
And the only home game this month had less than 3,000 attending with many leaving early in the fourth quarter as Ball State had too many turnovers and too few baskets.
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.
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - Ball State Sports Link will televise Wednesday’s men’s basketball game between Ball State and Valparaiso. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Worthen Arena.
The game will air statewide on Comcast Indiana 81 and will be streamed live on ballstatesports.com. Comcast 61 in Muncie will also carry the broadcast.
Seniors Emily Barker and Zach Hughes are the producers, while senior Aaron Van Auken is the director. Sophomores Tyler Bradfield (play-by-play) and Dillon Welch (color) and freshman Ryan Bickford (social media/sideline) will serve as the talent.
CLEVELAND, OHIO - The Ball State men’s basketball team hung around for much of the night despite its worst shooting performance of the season, but Cleveland State pulled away down the stretch for a 78-55 victory Saturday at the Wolstein Center.
Chris Bond led the Cardinals with 17 points, while Jesse Berry added 10 to become the 27th member of Ball State’s 1,000-point club.
Cleveland State (4-3) shot 63 percent for the game, and Ball State (2-4) struggled to defend the Vikings’ backcourt duo of Trey Lewis and Bryn Forbes who combined for 18 points on 12-for-16 shooting. Lewis led all players with 23 points.
“I thought it was a good lesson for our guards,” Ball State coach James Whitford said. “Those two guys can really play. Really good guards have been a problem for us. That’s an area where we were exposed tonight, and it’s something we have to answer the bell on.”
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - A great Senior Day combined with a record making victory and a historic day on Scheumann Field saw Ball State football await a bowl game that they can actually win.
The Cardinals easily beat the winless Miami Red Hawks 55-14 as Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning scored six touchdowns and three receivers rolled up 100 yards each.
Ball State Coach Pete Lembo was proud of the team and a bit bittersweet about the senior class led by Wenning, receiver Jamill Smith, defender Jonathon Newsome, tight end Zane Fakes and others like Keith Lee and Joel Cox.
Amid the tweets and posts, Wenning was lauded for having more yards in his career than young Peyton Manning when he played at Tennessee. But the Mid American Conference is definitely not the South Eastern Conference.
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - The Ball State men’s basketball team will continue a challenging non-conference stretch Saturday with a 7 p.m. game at Cleveland State.
The Cardinals (2-3) traveled across the country after a loss at undefeated Utah late Wednesday. They will square off with a Cleveland State team (3-3) that came within minutes of knocking off No. 3 Kentucky earlier this week.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Five Ball State players scored in double figures Wednesday night, but the Cardinals fell to Utah, 88-69, at the Huntsman Center.
Zavier Turned led Ball State (2-3) with 15 points, all in the second half, while Majok Majok recorded his third straight double-double with 12 points and 13 boards.
Utah (6-0), an athletic Pac-12 team with a size advantage, was able to get the ball to the rim, scoring 62 of its points either in the paint or at the free throw line. The Utes shot 56 percent for the game and 67 percent in the second half to hold off a Ball State rally.
“I was proud of our fight for a while,” Ball State coach James Whitford said. “We didn’t defend well tonight. Offensively, we made a great run in the second half and we started pushing the ball. But we made too many mistakes to win against a good team on the road.”
Delon Wright led Utah with 23 points, while Brandon Taylor added 17. Princeton Onwas scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Utes.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - The Central Bearcats showed on the basketball court Tuesday why they still the only high school in the community as well as history found down the hall in the Muncie Fieldhouse.
The Bearcats easily beat South Rebels 76-55 after doubling a halftime lead with three point shooting from Bearcat guard Phillip Corthen and inside scoring from Marion transfer forward Tyler Arens who was game leader at 21 points. Corthen pumped in another 16 points.
Rebel guard Donnell Lee pumped in 12 points while fellow guard Darcel Hunt collected 10 points.
More than 3,000 people came to see the first of three games between the two high schools which will be one in 2014. The eight state championship banners collected by Central during the last century and the Bearcat lounge with all the trophies, photos and other remembrances illustrated the long history of the one high school that began in Muncie and now will continue.
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MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS NEWS) - After three straight at home, the Ball State men’s basketball team heads West to play Wednesday at Utah in the first of two Thanksgiving week road games. The Wednesday’s contest tips off at 8 p.m. MT (10 p.m. ET) from the Huntsman Center and will air live on the Pac-12 Network, channel 537 on Comcast cable in Muncie.
The game is a matchup of two teams formerly coached by the late Rick Majerus, who passed away nearly a year ago. It is also a return for the Cardinals to the site of two of the biggest wins in program history in the first two rounds of the 1990 NCAA Tournament.
Ball State (2-2) pushed Butler on Saturday before ultimately falling, 59-58, while Utah (5-0) won three games at its home tournament over the weekend. After Wednesday’s game, Ball State will travel to Cleveland State to play Saturday.