MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tahjai Teague scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Ball State beat Central Michigan 85-68 on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals (14-16, 6-10) entered play Northern Illinois on Friday with a chance to claim a Mid-American Conference, West Division title.
Kyle Mallers scored 15 points and Ishmael El-Amin added 12 for Ball State (17-13, 10-7), which led 41-25 at halftime and held the Chippewas to 38% shooting (23 of 60). Luke Bumbalough had 11 points.
Rob Montgomery and Dallas Morgan scored 19 points apiece for Central Michigan (16-17, 6-11), which lost its ninth straight and entered the game tied for fifth in conference standings. David DiLeo had 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Cardinals evened the season series against the Chippewas with the win. Central Michigan defeated Ball St. 71-66 on Jan. 25. Central Michigan finishes out the regular season against Western Michigan at home on Friday.