Scores

Final

Ball State 63

(15-15, 6-10 MAC)

W Michigan 69

(13-19, 6-10 MAC)

7:00 PM ET, March 5, 2012

University Arena in Read Fieldhouse, Kalamazoo, Michigan

1 2 T
BALL 30 3363
WMU 33 3669

Top Performers

Ball State: J. Berry 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Western Michigan: M. Stainbrook 10 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

W. Michigan 69, Ball St. 63

Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Flenard Whitfield had 12 points to lead five Western Michigan players scoring in double figures in a 69-63 victory against Ball State in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Monday night.

Demetrius Ward scored 11 points and Matt Stainbrook, Hayden Hoerdemann and Shayne Whittington 10 each for the eighth-seeded Broncos (12-19), who play No. 12 seed Northern Illinois in a second-round game in Cleveland on Wednesday.

Jesse Berry had 19 points and Jauwan Sciafe 14 for the Cardinals (15-14).

Western Michigan was up 33-30 at halftime and led by 10 on Stainbrook's basket with 13:31 remaining. Jarrod Jones' jumper got Ball State within 63-61 with 33 seconds left, but the Broncos made 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to protect their lead.

The win gave Western Michigan a 58-57 edge in the schools' all-time series.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BALL
WMU
Points 63 69
FG Made-Attempted 20-54 (.370) 22-45 (.489)
3P Made-Attempted 7-23 (.304) 4-11 (.364)
FT Made-Attempted 16-17 (.941) 21-30 (.700)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
Largest Lead 9 10

2011-12 Season

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