Cardinals Ride Hot Second Half to 80-73 Road Win
VERMILLION, S.D. -- Jesse Berry led the Ball State men's basketball team with 22 points Saturday night and fellow guard Marcus Posley scored a career-high 20 as the Cardinals earned their second consecutive win over South Dakota, 80-73.
Ball State (5-4) defeated the Coyotes (4-7) a week ago in Muncie and used strong second-half shooting performance Saturday at the DakotaDome to grab the second game of the home-and-home.
It was the third straight win for Ball State, which continues non-conference play Tuesday with a short trip to West Lafayette, Ind., for a 7 p.m. tipoff at Purdue in an ESPN3 game.
Berry scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half Saturday, leading the charge for a Cardinals team that shot 53.6 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes. Ball State made good on 5-of-6 attempts from 3-point range in the second half.
The Cardinals led 29-24 at the half and then both teams picked up their offensive production after the break. There were five ties and two lead changes in the second half before Ball State took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from Jauwan Scaife with 4:37 to play.
It was the first of three straight possessions with 3-pointers for the Cardinals. Posley knocked down the next two and Ball State's lead was 63-58 with 3:29 left.
South Dakota cut the lead to 63-62 on a Karim Rowson lay-in less than a minute later, but Ball State junior forward Chris Bond quickly responded with a 3-point play on the other end. The Ball State lead never shrunk to fewer than four points after that, and the Cardinals closed the game out at the foul line.
Ball State survived a 24-point night from South Dakota's leading scorer, Juevol Myles, who scored only three points in the last meeting between the teams. Myles got to the free throw line 16 times and made 15 of them. As a team, the Coyotes shot 25-for-29 at the line.
Brandon Bos and Rowson also scored in double figures for South Dakota with 17 and 13 points, respectively.
Ball State junior post player Majok Majok recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Posley finished his career night with a game-high five assists and turned the ball over just one time. Scaife handed out four assists, while Bond notched four steals.
Junior forward Tyler Koch saw his first action of the season after missing the first eight games to injury. He grabbed three rebounds in his first two minutes on the court.