MUNCIE, Ind: The Ball State Cardinals (16-10, 7-6 MAC) came out victorious last night with an exciting overtime win over the Northern Illinois Huskies (14-12, 6-7 MAC) with a final score of 81-72. The Cardinals were down with four minutes to go in the game when they went on 8-0 run to tie it up.
Ball State didn’t play their best game, but still managed to hang on with some tight defense. BSU had 21 turnovers, but also shot 44.4% to make up for that. Senior forward Ryan Webber was the star of the night, putting up 23 points including hitting 7 of 11 from 3-point range. Webber was key in the 8-0 run late in the game that made the comeback possible for the Cardinals, knocking in back to back three’s. Sophomore center Trey Moses also had a solid outing for Ball State, scoring 10 points and pulling down 12 rebounds making it his 5th double-double of the season, two of which came from the last 2 match-ups.
Overtime started off in Ball States favor with them hitting their first 4 shots, and once they caught fire, there was no chance for the Huskies to make a comeback. Although they did come within 4 points of tieing the game back up, that’s as close as they could get as the Cardinals would continue to knock down baskets while playing strong defense. Another key to sealing the victory was BSU’s ability to make their free throws, hitting 11 of 11 the entire game, compared to Northern Illinois hitting only 10 of 15.
Ball State is back on track after the win and back atop the ranks of the MAC W, they’ll be looking to stay there and keep position with another win. The Cardinals are still on the road with their next stop being McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant, MI to take on the Central Michigan Chippewas (16-10, 6-7 MAC) who sit right behind them in the conference at second place, so this win is one that BSU must have if they want the opportunity to finish out the season on top of the Mid-American Conference. The game tip is set for 4:30 PM this Saturday, tune into ESPN3 to see it all go down, it’s sure to be exciting.