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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, January 03, 2018 1:00 am

College basketball

Cardinals extend streak in MAC opener

Staff, news services

MUNCIE – Carroll graduate Kyle Mallers had 17 points, Trey Moses scored 13 with 10 rebounds and Ball State rolled to a ninth straight victory, beating Eastern Michigan 72-62 in a Mid-American Conference opener on Tuesday night.

Mallers hit 7 of 10 shots from the floor and snagged seven rebounds for the Cardinals (10-4), while Tahjai Teague chipped in with 12 points, eight boards and four assists.

Elijah Minnie scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half for the Eagles (9-5), who led 36-31 at intermission. Paul Jackson added 14 points, but made just 5 of 18 shots as Eastern Michigan shot 39 percent from the field.

Jeremie Tyler scored six points during an 18-11 run to open the second half, and Ball State grabbed a 49-47 lead with 9 minutes to play. It was the Cardinals' first lead since 9-7. Jackson hit two free throws to pull the Eagles even, but Moses and Mallers teamed up to score 12 in a game-ending 23-13 run to ensure Ball State has an opportunity for its first 10-game win streak since the 1999-00 season.

Ball State's bench outscored the Eagles' bench 23-0.

Women

BUTLER 76, No. 21 VILLANOVA 53: In Villanova, Pennsylvania, the Bulldogs got 26 points from Tori Schickel to upset the Wildcats. 

Butler (9-5, 1-1 Big East) outscored Villanova (11-2, 1-2) 27-11 in the third quarter.