Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/11/2012

Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Ball State 78, Grambling 51
Jacksonville State 61, Eastern Michigan 54

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Ball State 78, Grambling 51
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Jesse Berry led five players in double figures with 17 points and Majok Majok debuted with 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Ball State men’s basketball team opened its season Sunday with a 78-51 win over Grambling State.
Senior center Zach Fields nearly added a double-double of his own with career highs of 10 points and eight rebounds, combining with Majok to help the Cardinals dominate the paint at Worthen Arena.
Ball State (1-0) shared the ball on the offensive end with 17 assists on 25 field goals, and no single player attempted more than nine shots. Defensively, the Cardinals pressured Grambling State (0-2) into 20 turnovers on the afternoon.
The Cardinals turned up the pressure early in the second half, igniting a 19-5 run out of the break that turned a nine-point halftime lead into 23-point advantage at 54-31. They eventually stretched their lead to as many as 29 points.
“It was great to see such a strong collective team effort,” Ball State head coach Billy Taylor said. “ We made some defensive adjustments at halftime, and I thought Chris Bond set the tone in the second half with his defensive pressure on their point guard.”
While Bond was taking the ball away from the Tigers, guards Marcus Posley and Jauwan Scaife were distributing it on the other end. The pair combined for 11 of the 17 Ball State assists on the afternoon. Posley, a freshman from Rockford, Ill., had six of those assists without a single turnover in his first college game to go along with 12 points.
Bond was the fifth Cardinal in double figures, doing most of his damage by using his aggressive play to get to the foul line where he scored eight of his 10 points. His other basket came on an alley-oop from Scaife as part of Ball State’s run early in the second half.
Posley and Majok, a 6-foot-8 junior college transfer, were two of six players to see their first action in a Ball State uniform Sunday. Another one of those players, freshman forward Bo Calhoun, also turned in a nice floor game with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, including a pair of fast-break baskets.
On the other end of the experience spectrum, Sunday’s performance was a long time coming for Fields. The fifth-year senior from North Vernon, Ind., who lost 30 pounds in the offseason in the hopes of playing a greater role in his final year, made his first start and took full advantage of it.
“The hard work is paying off,” Fields said. “I’ve never given up, and it feels good. I’m truly blessed to have this opportunity right now, and I’m going to build off of it.”
Berry scored 14 of his points and knocked down all four of his 3-pointers in the first half, shouldering most of the scoring load before the break. After halftime is when the Cardinals’ balance started to show through, and Ball State shot 58 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes to open things up.
Terry Rose led all scorers with 22 points for Grambling State, knocking down 8-of-14 shots, including six 3-pointers. But Ball State limited the rest of the Tigers to a combined 10-for-32 from the floor, and no other Grambling State player scored more than seven points.
Sunday’s game was the first of three straight at home to open the season for Ball State. The Cardinals will be back in action Friday night, hosting Wofford with a 7 p.m. tipoff at Worthen Arena.
Jacksonville State 61, Eastern Michigan 54
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. ( – The Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team dropped its first road tilt of the 2012-13 campaign Sunday, Nov. 11, to the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks. The Eagles (1-1) hit 45.5 percent (10-of-22) of their second-half shots but fell short, 61-54, on the road at Jacksonville State (2-0).
Daylen Harrison (Akron, Ohio-St. Vincent St. Mary-Wyoming) led the Eagles' offense with 14 points and nin rebounds, while Glenn Bryan (Detroit, Mich.-Oak Hill Academy-Arkansas) picked up 13 points of his own. The Green and White outshot the Gamecocks with a 41.7 field goal percentage (20-of-48), while JSU shot 38.5 percent (20-of-52) from the field. Eastern went 5-of-12 from beyond the arc good for a 41.7 three-point shooting percentage, while holding Jacksonville State to a 3-of-19 performance from three-point land. Darion Rackley led all scorers with 17 points for JSU and Brian Williams added 16 of his own.
 The Eagles started the scoring with a pair of Matt Balkema (Roseville, Mich.-Cousino) free throws to take the lead out of the gate. A fastbreak dunk from Bryant extended the early lead to 4-0, but the Gamecocks took their first lead just two minutes later. After trading buckets back and forth, JSU used a 7-2 run to take a 17-12 lead with 9:46 remaining in the first half. The Gamecocks never relinquished their lead through the rest of the half and led by as many as six points. At the break, Eastern trailed JSU by three, 27-24.
 Bryant led all scorers in the first half with nine points, while Harrison added seven. EMU out-rebounded the Gamecocks, 18-16, in the opening 20 minutes, with Harrison pulling down five boards, and Balkema and Bryant each notchin four caroms.
 JSU's offense was strong in the opening half shooting 10-of-25 from the field, good for a 40 percent field goal percentage. The Gamecocks had eight players score in the first half, with Rackley leading with six.
 Jacksonville State opened the second half by extending its lead to 10, 36-26, with 15:08 left in regulation. It was a Derek Thompson (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale-SEMO) three-pointer that sparked an Eastern Michigan 16-6 run, which tied the game, 42-42, with 8:06 remaining. 
 The Eagles took their first lead of the second half, 44-43, when Harrison knocked down a jumper in the paint with 6:42 left, but the Gamecocks did not allow the Green and White to extend that lead. JSU then outscored Eastern, 18-10, down the stretch to take the game, 61-54.
 The Green and White continues its 2012-13 schedule Friday, Nov. 16, when it begins a three-games-in-three-days weekend as part of the first ever EMU “Ice Man” Classic. That Friday matchup will showcase the Eagles and Eastern Illinois University at 7 p.m inside the Convocation Center.