KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Jesse Berry scored 28 points, including five 3-pointers, off the bench, and Ball State held off a late Western Michigan rally for an 89-85 victory Tuesday night.
Shayne Whittington had 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Broncos (18-11, 9-6), who failed to clinch their sixth MAC West Division title. WMU is tied with Toledo atop the division, but the Rockets are ineligible for postseason play because they failed to meet NCAA academic standards.
Ball State led by as many as 19 midway through the second half, but WMU rallied in the closing minutes before the Cardinals made enough free throws to secure the win.
Each team finishes its regular season Saturday. WMU hosts Central Michigan, while Ball State hosts Northern Illinois.
Kapita was the top-rated recruit from West Virginia in the class of 2015 and recently played at DME Academy in Florida.
With the Suns drafting Tyler Ulis, they now have five guards on their roster who attended Kentucky.
NBA fans will be looking forward to their newest players making plays like this next season.