Ball State (10-6, 1-2 MAC) took the lead for good on a House basket with 11:45 left in the opening period and expanded its lead to 17 points by intermission.
The big cushion was . . .
Miami (8-8, 1-2 MAC) improved its shooting in the second half, but it still had trouble containing BSU’s offense.
MU closed to within 10 at 50-40 after a Logan McLane basket at 14:00, but House ran off six straight points. It was a pattern to be repeated as the RedHawks made several second half runs. Ball State, however, managed to keep its lead in double digits except for a four-second span in the last minute of play when MU trailed 83-74.
After its poor showing shooting the ball in the first half, Miami hit 16 of 26 (61.5%) overall and were 5 of 10 (50%) on treys after intermission. BSU dropped off slightly from its torrid first half pace to connect on 10 of 21 (47.6%) overall and 7 of 15 (46.6%) from beyond the arc to hold off the visitors.
Ball State committed three more turnovers (18-15), but it held a 30-24 edge in rebounds.
Joining House in double figures for BSU were Francis Kiapway (13), Tayler Persons (12), Tahjai Teague (11) and Jeremie Tyler (10).
Miami was paced by Michael Weathers’ 22 points, 17 of which came after intermission. Twin brother Marcus Weathers provided a career-high 19 points. He was 9 of 12 at the charity stripe. McLane added an even dozen points and team-high seven rebounds, while Mills chipped in nine points.
After two straight road losses against West division foes, Miami returns home to face Akron Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET). Ball State, which broke a two-game slide to open MAC play, will be at Buffalo Saturday (7 p.m. ET).