Ball State survives rally, beats CMU

Close-up of basketball (WISH-TV)

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Majok Majok had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Jesse Berry scored 20 Saturday to lead Ball State over Central Michigan 74-71.

Tyler Koch’s layup with 3:13 left put Ball State up 60-52, and the Cardinals (5-22, 2-14 Mid-American) made 14 of 16 free throws from there to hold on for the win.

Chris Fowler had 26 points, nine assists and five rebounds for Central Michigan (10-18, 3-13). During the final 2 minutes, Fowler scored 11, including a pair of 3-pointers, to help the Chippewas close the gap while Ball State made its free throws.

Ball State turned the ball over with 2.3 seconds left after Rayshawn Simmons cut the deficit to 74-71 on a 3-pointer, but Fowler missed a potentially game-tying 3 at the buzzer.

Zavier Turner scored 12 and Chris Bond 10 as Ball State snapped a 10-game losing streak.

Braylon Rayson added 11 points for CMU. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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