MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team had a delayed start to the Mid-American Conference portion of the program, but conference play will begin on January 1 as Bowling Green makes the trip to Muncie. Saturday’s game is sponsored by Meijer and is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Cardinals are 6-2 in conference openers with Head Coach James Whitford in charge. In MAC openers at the Worthen Arena, Ball State is 3-1 under Coach Whitford.
The Cardinals defeated the Panthers 75-55 in the final timeout. BSU was led by Payton Sparks with a career-high 16 points, and he added eight rebounds. Miryne Thomas tied a season-best score with 14 points and had three rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Luke Bumbaluugh finished in double figures for the eighth time this season with a 13-point performance. Bumbalough came in with five assists. Mickey Pearson Jr. was the last player in double figures with 10 points. Pearson grabbed three rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal. Tyler Cochran was an absolute force on the defensive side of the ball as he produced 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals, all game highs.
Bumbalough continues to lead Ball State in scoring with 12.5 points per game. Bumbalough also has a team-high 3.4 assists per game. Cochran is the only other double-digit cardinal with 10.7 points per game. Sparks has a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game, while Cochran has 5.5 boards per game. Cochran was a defensive force with 22 steals while Demarius Jacobs stole 10. Thomas steps Ball State with five blocks and Basheer Jihad is second in the team with four.
Ball State comes in on Saturday with a 37-53 record against Bowling Green. The Falcons have won two of their last three games, including a 75-62 win at Bowling Green on February 16, 2021. Despite the one-sided record, the good news is that the Cardinals are 25-18 in games played in Muncie.
Daeqwon Plowden leads Bowling Green in scoring with 15.4 points per game and in rebounding with 7.3 per game. Joe Reece is second on the team with 11.6 points per game and second on the squad with 6.8 rebounds per game. Reece is tied with Kaden Metheny for the team lead in steals with 13. Samari Curtis has a team-high 31 assists.
All of BSU’s games are featured on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network, as well as on Woof Boom Radio’s 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the stream of 967BlakeFM.com and WERKFM.net.
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Save the dates for the “Take a Kid to a Game” days of Ball State Basketball at the Worthen Arena. With one paid adult ticket, two children aged 13 and under receive a free ticket. That offer is available for the next Men’s Basketball Home Game: Saturday, January 1, Men’s Basketball vs. Bowling Green at 6pm
In addition to ‘Take a Kid to a Game’, join the movement in the Worthen Arena and enjoy three or more games for a special price! Starting at just $27 for three men’s games and $21 for three women’s games or mix and match! Click here for more details.
As a reminder to all fans, face coverings are mandatory at Worthen Arena. Fans attending on Saturdays can visit the top floor above Gate 1 for face painting and games.
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