Akron, OH: Last nights game was a hard fought loss for the men’s Ball State Cardinals (15-9, 6-5 MAC). The game was a close battle all the way through, with multiple lead changes throughout the match-up. The final score of 63-65 wasn’t determined until the final two seconds of the game.
Akron Zips forward Isaiah Johnson knocked in a jumper with 2.3 seconds left to go in the game. Giving the Cardinals no time to respond with a full court and no timeouts, the outcome was written on the wall. Senior guard of BSU Ryan Webber attempted to get the ball up the court to give the team a chance, but could not get a clear pass and ended up throwing it out of bounds. Which allowed Akron to inbound on their side of the floor and gave Johnson the opportunity to knock one down from the corner and win the game.
Prior to Johnson’s basket, with 16 seconds left, Ball State’s forward Franko House put one in from the paint to give the Cardinals a one point lead. But on Akron’s next possession, a foul was drawn on Johnson giving him the opportunity to tie it up and potentially even take back the lead from the foul line. After knocking down 1 of 2 free throws, the game was then tied, which eventually led to the next basket, also by Johnson, which clenched the game for the Zips.
The loss has caused the Cardinals to fall back to 2nd place again in the West Division of the Mid American Conference. But Ball State is coming back home for their next match up this Friday against the Ohio Bobcats, and will without a doubt be looking to bounce back with a win to get them back on track to being on top of the MAC W. You can catch the game at 6:30 ET on CBS this Friday, and you aren’t going to want to miss this one.