Saturday's men's basketball: Central Michigan overpowered by Ball State

Associated Press
Shawn Roundtree

Mount Pleasant — K.J. Walton scored 16 of his career-high 24 points in the second half to lead Ball State to an 83-72 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday.

The Chippewas had a five-point lead when Walton had a steal and dunk to spark an 18-3 run to give Ball State a 71-61 lead with five minutes left. Walton scored 10 points with three dunks during the stretch. CMU pulled within nine points but didn’t get closer.

Ball State (11-7, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) snapped a three-game skid. Central Michigan (14-4, 3-2) has lost two of its last three since having its seven-game win streak snapped.

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Tayler Persons added 21 points. Trey Moses had 13 points and Kyle Mallers 10 for the Cardinals. Tahjai Teague chipped in with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Robert Montgomery scored 19 points to lead Central Michigan. Shawn Roundtree added 16 points and Larry Austin Jr. had 15.

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(At) Bowling Green 79, Western Michigan 48: Dylan Frye had 14 points, with four 3-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists, Justin Turner added 13 points and Bowling Green beat Western Michigan for its ninth straight victory.

BGSU (13-5, 5-0 MAC) is off to its best start in conference play in 57 years and has won 10 consecutive home games for the program’s best effort since the 1999-00 team went 12-0 at Anderson Arena.

Antwon Lillard chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds for Bowling Green. Turner entered having scored 20-plus in five consecutive MAC regular-season games but was just 5-of-13 from the field.

Seth Dugan had eight points and nine rebounds for Western Michigan (6-12, 0-5), which has lost five straight.

Saginaw Valley 101, (at) Wayne State 97, OT: James Toohey scored 10 of his team-high 27 points in overtime to lead the Cardinals on a 16-12 run in the extra session. Saginaw Valley's Darnell Hoskins Jr., who finished with 20 points, hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 85-all. Myles Belyeu scored 24 and Fred John Jr. added 12 for the Cardinals (6-11, 3-7 GLIAC). Latin Davis finished with 31 points on 14-of-26 shooting for Wayne State (3-11, 3-7), which lost its third overtime game this season. Darian Owens-White scored 20, Jovan Henderson added 13 while Xavier Cochran and Tristan Wilson each had 10 for the Warriors. 

State men's scores

(At) Ashland 75, Northwood 60

Davenport 77, (at) Michigan Tech 68

(At) Northern Michigan 70, Grand Valley State 61

(At) Ferris State 98, Wisconsin-Parkside 81

(At) Lake Superior State 101, Purdue Northwest 69

Alma 74, (at) Adrian 69

(At) Albion 69, Calvin 60

(At) Trine 74, Kalamazoo 63

(At) Olivet 89, Hope 62