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Saturday, January 18, 2020 6:10 pm

State college basketball

Whitford wins 100th as Ball State coach coach


Balance ruled the day for Ball State on Saturday, as four starters scored at least 10 points in the Cardinals’ 71-62 victory over Miami (Ohio) at Worthen Arena in Muncie.

Tahjai Teague paced Ball State (11-7, 4-1 MAC) with 14 points, while Carroll product Kyle Mallers added 10 as the Cardinals started 4-1 in Mid-American Conference play for the first time since 2012.

Junior Brachen Hazen, who played at Columbia City, added seven points for Ball State on a day where Cardinals coach James Whitford became the third in school history to win 100 games.

SAINT FRANCIS 82, SPRING ARBOR 74: At the Hutzell Center, Hunter Hollowell’s late three-pointer helped propel the Cougars into a four-way tie for third place in the Crossroads League. Jalan Mull scored 10 of his 14 points after halftime for Saint Francis (16-4, 5-3 CL), while Connor Lautzenhiser’s 16-point effort moved him into a tie for 26th on the Cougars’ career points list.

Warsaw product Paul Marandet and Brandon Durnell finished with 25 and 23 points, respectively, for Spring Arbor (12-8, 3-5).

LOURDES 73, INDIANA TECH 72: At Sylvania, Ohio, the Warriors fell a half-game behind the hosts in the WHAC standings. Dilyn Good led Tech (12-9, 8-3 WHAC) with 23 points, while Leo grad Jeremy Davison scored 12 for the visitors. Lourdes improved to 15-5 overall, 9-3 in league play.


OHIO 79, BALL STATE 71: At Athens, Ohio, a turnover-prone Ball State offense fell to the Bobcats. Freshman Sydney Freeman paced the Cardinals (11-6, 3-2 MAC) with 13 points and Arbrie Benson added 12 off the bench, but 17 turnovers proved too much to overcome.

Cece Hooks netted a game-high 25 points for Ohio (10-6, 3-2), with teammate Erica Johnson posting a double-double (21 points, 13 rebounds).

SAINT FRANCIS 64, SPRING ARBOR 62: At the Hutzell Center, Kara Gerka’s 15 points proved just enough for the Cougars, who finished the final 4 minutes, 17 seconds without a field goal. Cassidy Crawford’s 14 points highlighted a 26-0 bench scoring advantage for the Cougars (15-4, 6-2 Crossroads League), who overcame a 21-point, 14-rebound performance from Grace Shoobridge for Spring Arbor (6-13, 1-7 CL).

INDIANA TECH 66, LOURDES 56: At Sylvania, Ohio, the Warriors dominated the second quarter, claiming a 16-3 edge to improve to 16-4 overall, 10-1 in WHAC play. Kyra Whitaker led all scores with 21 points for No. 13 Tech, while the visitors’ defense stifled Lourdes (4-15, 3-9 WHAC) to the tune of a 29.7 percent shooting effort.

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