Ball State Extends Winning Streak to Five Games

MUNCIE, Indiana — The Ball State men’s basketball team ended 2022 at home to Chicago State on Wednesday. Jarron Coleman led the Cardinals by 16 points as BSU defeated CSU 70-63 for their fifth straight win.

The Cardinals improved to 9-4 overall while the Cougars fell to 3-13 year-on-year. Ball State finished the non-conference schedule with a 9-4 record, the first time since the 2018-19 season when BSU started 9-4.

“When Darian (Owens-White) dived between the guy’s legs, it was a win,” said head coach Michael Lewis. “Not only does that explain those two points, it drains every run they’ve been on and gives you a spark. I love the child (Jaylin seller), he is a worker. I’ve told you over and over again. He’s earned the right to have the kind of year he’s got. We have to keep growing as a team. We’ve had a few defensive breakdowns under four minutes. We have to get better at that. It’s part of growing and learning how to win. That’s a good win. For them (Chicago State) to stick to the schedule they play and travel how they need to travel and for him (Coach Gillion) to have these guys wired up and competing as hard as they do every night, their coach does a damn good job.”

Coleman led BSU with 16 points and added five rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. He has scored double digits in 12 consecutive competitions. Sellers finished the tournament with 14 points, a game high of three steals, two rebounds, an assist and a block. He’s hit double digits in four straight games. Payton Sparks had a game-high of eight rebounds and gave out a game-high of four assists. He added two blocked shots. For the second competition in a row Demarius Jacobs has produced four blocks that best combined a career. Jacobs had 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The Cougars started the game strong and took a 7-3 lead early in the first half at 17-02. Sparks recorded an emphatic slam dunk that led to a 6-0 run for the Cardinals. Coleman knocked down two free throws to give Ball State a 9-7 lead, 13:39 before the break.


Chicago State responded with a 9-2 run to regain a 16-11 lead, the night’s widest, with 10:48 by halftime. Ball State was resilient and hit back with a 14-7 run. Coleman emptied a 3-pointer to end the run and put the Cardinals 25-23 ahead at 4:57 of the first half. The Cougars ended the halftime with a 5-4 win over the Cardinals, but Ball State went into the break with a 29-28 lead.

The second half started with a back and forth. During the first 8:37 there were four draws and three lead changes as the result was 44-44 leaving 11:23 in regulation. The two sides continued to trade baskets as the game remained a tie, 48-48, with just under 10 minutes remaining.

The Cardinals used a 7-0 run to give themselves a 55:48 advantage, 8:32 on the clock. Darian Owens-White came up with a key game for the BSU. He knocked a ball free from the Cougar ball handler and then dove between his legs for a steal for the Cardinals at 6:47 on the clock. Ball State began to extend their lead and saw the night’s biggest at 67-59, with 2:06 remaining in regulation. The BSU used the eight-point cushion and clinched a 70:63 victory.

Wesley Cardet scored a game-high 18 points for the Cougars. He added seven panels. Bryce Johnson had 17 points with five rebounds. Jahsean Corbett recorded a double-double, behind 12 points and 10 rebounds. Corbett also produced a steal and an assist. Elijah added a double-digit performance with 12 points, along with his five rebounds, three team-high assists and one block.

The Cardinals return to court to start the new year with the Mid-American Conference opener on the road against the Toledo Rockets. The game is scheduled to begin Tuesday, January 3 at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

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