On Saturday afternoon, the Ball State Cardinals earned their second win of the new basketball season. The Cardinals got the job done, backed by Tayler Persons and Sean Sellers who helped contribute in big ways to the 93-85 road win over the fellow college in the state, Indiana State.
Persons finished with 18 points on 7/10 shooting in 28 minutes. Tayler has clearly been the leader on this Ball State team, with his fifth performance ending in 10+ points and third with 15+ points. Sellers, on the other hand, recorded only 12 minutes off the bench but came up big. He posted his best game of the season, with 14 points on 4/5 shooting including 4/4 from the charity stripe. Francis Kiapway added 11.
Ball State was going to win from the start, opening with a 9-0 lead in just the first 3 minutes of action. The Cardinals later led 17-8, which turned into a 41-35 halftime lead over the Sycamores. The offense was flowing along with good enough defense to win the game. The game stayed put right where it was in the final half of action, with Ball State outscoring Indiana State 52-50. The offense was incredible throughout the game, which helped them score 93 points.
“They tried to play us normal for a while, and we were making shots,” Ball State head coach James Whitford said. “They changed in the second half, and they were really trying to force turnovers. We turned it over 21 times, and that’s not something we’ve been doing to this point.
“But the trade-off was we made a lot of shots. Once we were able to connect on a pass or two, we got whatever we wanted, but it was hard to connect on passes. I thought it was a good effort from us.”
As a team, the Cardinals shot 29-47 on field goals, a remarkable 61.7 percent. They also shot 11-29 on three-pointers for 57.9 percent, and finally shot 24-30 on free throws converting 80.0 percent.
Ball State will play Oakland City on Tuesday at 7:00 PM Eastern.