MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's basketball team dropped a 69-42 contest to the Ohio Bobcats Wednesday evening at Worthen Arena. Jauwan Scaife scored a game-high 18 points for the Cardinals.
Walter Offutt scored 17 points to lead Ohio, while T.J. Hall added 10 and Reggie Keely nine. Ball State held Ohio's leading scorer and the MAC's top assist man, D.J. Cooper, to five points and five assists.
Matt Kamieniecki brought down nine boards and tallied six points for Ball State, while Bo Calhoun played a career-high 24 minutes and grabbed a career-best seven rebounds to go along with five points.
The Cardinals fell to 8-13 on the season with the loss and 2-7 in Mid-American Conference action, while the Bobcats improved to 16-6 on the year and 7-1 in league play. A Sweet 16 team a year ago and the MAC preseason favorite this year, Ohio owns the second-best record in the league.
Ball State struggled through a first half in which it shot 25 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 15 times. Ohio scored 19 points off those turnovers and built at 34-14 lead at the break.
"They are a very good basketball team, make no mistake about it," Ball State coach Billy Taylor said. "They were coming off a tough loss to Akron. The first five to eight minutes tonight set a tone for the ball game, and we just didn't recover from it. Our ability to take care of the basketball has to be much better."
The Bobcats maintained a lead of at least 19 points throughout the second half despite 12 points from Scaife after halftime.
Ball State finished the game shooting a season-low 26.5 percent as a team. Ohio shot 44.1 percent from the floor and finished the night with 14 steals as a team.
The Cardinals held the advantage on the boards, 41-38, out-rebounding their eighth opponent in nine MAC games. The Bobcats held the edge in points off turnovers (26-9), bench points (25-8), points in the paint (28-16) and fast break points (11-4).
The Cardinals are back in action on Saturday when they host Western Michigan at 6 p.m. at Worthen Arena. The game will be televised by SportsTime Ohio.