MUNCIE, Ind. -- Chris Bond scored 20 points, including the go-ahead dunk in the second half, to lift Ball State to an 87-83 win over Southeast Missouri State on Monday night.
Ball State took a 40-35 advantage into the break but the Redhawks (2-2) kept it close, briefly recapturing the lead in the second half on a Nino Johnson dunk, who drew the foul and made it a three-point play, 71-69 with four minutes remaining.
But the Cardinals pushed right back with a free throw by Berry, followed by Bond's go-ahead dunk with 3:51 left, retaking the lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Jarekious Bradley led Southeast Missouri State with 26 points and nine rebounds.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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