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: In 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: In 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.