Butler at Muncie Free Press - Delaware County Indiana | News and Information
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS NEWS) - Butler remained undefeated Saturday as Ball State let a 10 point lead slip away, allowing the Bulldogs to win 59-58 in a last second game.
Poor execution was the blame, said freshman guard Zavier Turner who had been recruited by Butler but decided on Ball State for his college career.
"We did not execute," said Turner. "We have to work on that."
And 17 turnovers, added Ball State coach James Whitford, caused Butler to come back in the second half with better defense and a scoring tandem of forwards Khyle Marshall and Kameron Woods that beat the Cardinals.
That last second play by Turner trying to set up forward Chris Bond for the gaming winning shot failed with a turnover and no time to foul.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - Ball State basketball has a big man and a big schedule this season, playing Indiana, Purdue and Butler.
Billy Taylor, that Lehigh transplant entering his 6th season, was excited at the prospect of playing the No. 1 ranked Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on Nov. 25.
"It is a great opportunity any time you play No. 1, said Taylor, at the basketball media day and practice this week.
And BSU senior Jauwan Scaife, who averaged 5.9 points a game last season, said he wanted to make sure the team played well against the Hoosiers, just as Taylor echoed while introduced a young new team with some injuries.
The newest member is Majok Majok, a junior college transfer who comes from down under, Perth, Australia, and towers at 6-foot-8. As Bobby Knight once said, he could always teach shooting and dribbling but he could not teach how a center could be 7-foot.