Ball State Nips Eastern Michigan, 69-66
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Theron Smith had 23 points and 12 rebounds as Ball State defended a single-digit lead over the final 14:39 of a 69-66 win against Eastern
Michigan on Saturday (Jan. 6).
Josh Murray added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (6-5, 1-1 Mid-American). Cedric Moodie scored 11.
Ricky Cottrill was 6-of-9 from 3-point range and led the Eagles (2-9, 0-2) with 23 points. C.J. Grantham had 19 points with four steals, and Tyson Radney hauled down 10
Smith broke the fourth tie of the game with a layup that put Ball State ahead to stay, 26-24, with 2:46 left before halftime. The second of Smith's back-to-back 3-pointers
gave the Cardinals their biggest lead, 46-35, with 15 minutes remaining.
Grantham made two free throws that pulled Eastern to within one, 67-66, with 1:18 remaining. But the Eagles were forced to foul, and Ball State responded with one free
throw each from Lonnie Jones and Moodie to close out the scoring.
Northern Illinois Romps Past Buffalo, 64-49
DeKALB, Ill. (AP) _ Mike Brown scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds in leading Northern Illinois to a 64-49 win over Buffalo on Saturday night.
Brown completed 8-of-11 field goal attempts, including 5-of-6 from the arc, as the Huskies (2-9, 1-1) shot 51 percent from the field. Leon Rodgers added 14 points and
Sean Ezell also chipped in 11 points for Northern. Matt Nelson and Brown each pulled down seven rebounds.
Jason Robinson and Damien Foster scored 13 points apiece, with three 3-pointers each, for the Bulls (2-8, 0-3). Buffalo completed just 31 percent of its field goal
Northern led 33-19 at the half.