Ball State (10-14) at Southeast Missouri State (14-14)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February, 23, 6:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Show Me Center (7,000) -- Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Television: none. Home Record: Ball State 6-8, SEMO 9-4. Away Record: Ball
State 4-6, SEMO 4-8. Neutral Record: Ball State 0-0, SEMO 1-2. Conference
Record: Ball State 4-8, SEMO 6-8. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: In the first-ever meeting, the Southeast Missouri Redhawks will
host the Ball State Cardinals for a BracketBuster showdown at the Show Me
Ball State is coming off a loss at home to Eastern Michigan, 56-50. The loss
ended a brief two-game win streak and was the fourth loss in the last six
games for BSU. Ball State is now 10-14 on the season, including a mere 4-8 in
conference play. This is one-game road trip for the Cardinals before heading
back to Muncie for some Mid-American Conference action against Central
Southeast Missouri State most recently suffered a heartbreaking 67-65 loss to
Jacksonville State. SEMO had won the three previous games heading into the
matchup and is an even 14-14 overall, with a 6-8 mark in the Ohio Valley
Conference. This is a brief stay at home and the last home game of the season
before hitting the road for a pair of games to close out the regular season.
In the loss to Eastern Michigan, Ball State had just one player score in
double figures, Jauwan Scaife. Despite shooting just 6-of-18 from the field
and 2-of-13 from 3-point range, Scaife managed 21 points. Majok Majok led all
players in rebounding with 16 boards. Overall, Ball State shot just 34.1
percent from the field and went 5-of-27 from long range, while Eastern
Michigan shot over 55.0 percent from the floor and over 45.0 percent from 3-
The Cardinals are led in scoring this season by Scaife who tallies 14.7 ppg,
but shoots just 37.5 percent from the field and under 30.0 percent from beyond
the arc. Majok averages a double-double with 11.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg and shoots
over 51.0 percent from the field.
After fighting back from an 8-point deficit in the final minutes, SEMO tied
the game with 41 seconds left with a 3-pointer from Nick Niemczyk but
Jacksonville State's Brian Williams made a layup with nine seconds left to put
his team back up by two. Marland Smith of SEMO attempted a potential game
winning 3-pointer but it was no good. Smith scored 16 points in the game and
was one of four SEMO players to score in double figures. Nino Johnson had a
double-double with 12 rebounds and 11 points, while Lucas Nutt dished out a
game-high nine assists.
Stone is SEMO's top scorer on the season with 15.3 ppg, while Corey Wilford
adds 14.3 ppg and Johnson manages 10.8 ppg on 56.8 percent shooting from the
field. Johnson leads the team in rebounding with 8.9 per game, while Stone
pulls down 7.9. Offensively, the team shoots over 46.0 percent from the field
and scores 72.3 ppg.
The key to beating Ball State is to send it to the charity stripe rather than
allowing easy baskets. Watch for fouls that will stop the Cardinals from being
able to get up shots as SEMO earns the home win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: SE Missouri State 70, Ball State 64
02/23 10:39:08 ET
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