Scores

Final

Ball State 55

(6-24, 5-11 MAC)

E Michigan 59

(14-16, 8-8 MAC)

12:30 PM ET, March 12, 2008

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

1 2 T
BALL 30 2555
EMU 26 3359

Top Performers

Ball State: A. Newell 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

Eastern Michigan: J. Dobbins 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast

E. Michigan 59, Ball St. 55

Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Justin Dobbins scored 21 points and Eastern Michigan used a late second-half surge to beat Ball State 59-55 in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Wednesday.

Dobbins' tip-in with 6:31 left gave Eastern Michigan (14-16) the lead for good, 45-44, and started an 8-0 run that put the Eagles ahead 51-44 with 3:37 to play. The tip-in was followed by a 3-pointer Jesse Bunkley, a layup by Jarred Axon, another basket by Dobbins and a foul shot by Tyler Jones.

Dobbins, a 6-foot-8 forward, was 9-of-17 from the field and added six rebounds. Carlos Medlock scored 15 points while Travis Lewis added 12.

Anthony Newell led Ball State (6-24) with 17 points. Peyton Stovall added 13.

The 10th-seeded Cardinals were 18-of-48 from the field for 37 percent while Eastern Michigan made 20-of-45 shots for 44 percent. Eastern Michigan won the rebound battle, 32-27.

The seventh-seeded Eagles play second-seeded Western Michigan in Thursday's quarterfinals.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BALL
EMU
Points 55 59
FG Made-Attempted 18-48 (.375) 20-45 (.444)
3P Made-Attempted 7-24 (.292) 4-14 (.286)
FT Made-Attempted 12-16 (.750) 15-21 (.714)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
Largest Lead 7 8

2007-08 Season

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