MUNCIE, Ind.—Senior forward Will Felder led three RedHawks in double figures with 19 points as the Miami University men’s basketball team collected a 64-52 win at Ball State University on Saturday afternoon.
The win evened the RedHawks’ Mid-American Conference record at 2-2 and improved their overall record to 6-9.
Eustace scored 11 first-half points to lead the RedHawks to a 35-17 halftime advantage. Miami used a 13-0 run from the 11:02 mark on a Eustace layup to the 8:30 mark on a Felder layup to push its lead to 14, 21-7. During its run until the Cardinals (3-12; 0-4 MAC) scored a basket with 7:39 to go in the half, Miami caused eight straight BSU turnovers. Ball State cut the gap to 10 with a 4-0 spurt, but Miami extended its lead to 18, 29-11, with an 8-0 surge that included a pair of buckets from Eustace.
The Cardinals rattled off five straight points, but Miami closed the half on a 6-1 flurry to carry an 18-point lead into the intermission. BSU committed 14 turnovers in the opening half, which Miami converted into 18 points. Miami knocked down 15 field goals to Ball State’s five in the first frame.
Miami pushed its lead to 23 early in the second half as the RedHawks got a 3-point play from Felder and a layup from junior guard Will Sullivan with 18:39 to go to make the score 40-17. The Cardinals closed within 18 points, but at 9-1 Miami run that included a trio of buckets and a pair of steals from Moore extended the RedHawk lead to 26 with 10:26 to play, 54-28. The Cardinals chiseled away at the RedHawk lead over the remainder of the game and cut the gap to 12 with 33 seconds to go to make that the final margin.
Zavier Turner paced the Cardinals with 24 points to lead all players.
Miami shot 57 percent from the field in the second half to push the RedHawks’ shooting percentage to 51.9 percent for the game. The Cardinals committed 22 turnovers, which Miami converted into 28 points, and the RedHawks amassed 13 steals.
The RedHawks return home to host Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22. With the CMU as the other MAC program Charlie Coles guided, Miami will honor the memory of Coach Coles at halftime of the game.