Ball State 75, UB 69
How Ball State Won: Smoke, mirrors and deadly shooting at key junctures. It'll be a long time before you see the losing team take twice as many shots as the winning team, the losing team commit six turnovers to the winning team's 25. Nonetheless, this game was an eye-opener. If 6-9 sophomore Jarrod Jones, last year's MAC Rookie of the Year, becomes more assertive Ball State could be a power the next two years.
Turning Point: Bulls had surged within 66-65 with 1:38 left and were frustrating the Cards on the ensuing Ball State possession. Sophomore point guard Randy Davis, left with little choice as the shot clock neared midnight, dribbled his way to a look from just beyond the arc and swished a three with a Sean Smiley hand in his face.
Player of the Game: At 5-11, Davis doesn't look like much, but he can run the offense with poise. He was 4 of 5 from the field, 4 of 4 from three, 2 of 2 from the free throw line and produced five assists against three turnovers. And he hit the shot that basically put the game away. Not bad for a sophomore on the road.
Stat of the Game: There were oodles of numbers that boggled the mind but this one stands above the rest: UB 79 field-goal attempts, Ball State 40.
He Said It: "Our turnover numbers were really too high but we found a way, and that's what you have to do on the road. You have to find a way to win."" -- Ball State coach Billy Taylor.
He Said It 2: "Six turnovers for the game and turn the other team over 25 times. I don't know if you'll ever see that again. I don't know if you'll ever see that again." -- UB coach Reggie Witherspoon.
In the House: 1,781 turned out on a night fit for neither man nor beast nor, apparently, college students.
Up Next: Bulls hit the airport first thing Friday morning and play at Northern Illinois at 1 p.m. Saturday.
-- Bob DiCesare
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