On Tuesday night, Ball State moved to 3-4 on the season including a perfect 2-0 at home with the 81-57 dominant win over Oakland City. The Cardinals won in large part due to the overall contributions from everyone in the starting lineup and bench, with an overall solid team effort rather than having one player stand out.
Tahjai Teague led Ball State in scoring with 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting. Teague added 9 rebounds, 1 steal, and 3 blocks in 22 minutes to really help round out the starting lineup. Kyle Mallers added 12 with 7 rebounds on 2-for-4 shooting and a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. Ishmael El-Amin led all scorers off the bench, with 13 points in 29 minutes from the second unit.
The domination for the Cardinals did not arrive until the second half, only outscoring the Mighty Oaks 40-38 in the first half. The offense was flowing, and the defense was incredible in the final half of action, outscoring Oakland City 41-19 in the second half. The defense provided by Ball State’s lineup was the best we have seen all season, only giving up 57 points.
Ball State opened the second half on a 22-8 scoring run and closed it out on a 15-4 run which gave them a huge advantage for the scoring portion of the scoreboard. Everywhere else on the board, the Cardinals shot 27-49 (55.1%) on field goals, 6-23 (26.1%) on three-pointers, and 21-30 (70.0%) on free throws. Additionally, Ball State grabbed 37 total rebounds (7 O, 30 D), dished out 13 assists, stole the ball 7 times, rejected 6 shots, and only turned the ball over 13 times.
Ball State will face IUPUI on December 2nd at 2:00 PM Eastern.