Moses, Teague Power Ball State Men’s Hoops Past Akron, 90-75

By Published: 2/14/2018 6:34:04 AM Custom Tag

BSU bigs post double-doubles as Cardinals sweep season series from Zips

Courtesy: Tyson Mathews | Ball State Athletics

AKRON, Ohio -- Ball State big men Trey Moses and Tahjai Teague had their way with an undersized Akron group for the second time this season Tuesday night as the Cardinals pulled away in the second half for a 90-75 win over the Zips.

As they did in the matchup three weeks earlier in Muncie, both players went for double-doubles. Moses again matched his career-high with 22 points and added 13 rebounds, while Teague racked up 21 points and 10 boards.

Ball State (17-9, 8-5 MAC) won for the fifth time in the past six games and picked up its first road victory over Akron since 2001. The Zips fell to 11-14 (4-9 MAC) as the Cardinals swept two games from them for the first time since 2004.

Ball State Head Coach James Whitford:
“It was big for us. We were the bigger team, and eventually we wore them down with our size … Our mentality was if they take it away the first time, flash the other big, get it to the other side, keep working, keep looking, keep searching until we can get it inside. Once we got it in there, they were between a rock and a hard place.”

Inside the Numbers
• Moses recorded his eighth double-double of the season and sixth in conference play, while Teague posted his sixth overall and fourth in league action. In two games against Akron this year, they have combined for 91 points and 46 rebounds.

• Moses and Teague were also coming off big nights Friday against Kent State. Over that game and this one, the duo combined to go 32 of 41 from the floor.

• Coming off their best shooting performance of the conference season at 56.7 percent in the Kent State game, the Cardinals had their second-best Tuesday at 55.4 percent.

• Ball State shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half but turned the ball over 11 times. Nine of those turnovers came in the first 12 minutes of the game. After the break, the Cardinals turned it over just six times.

• Tayler Persons joined the bigs in double figures with 18 points, while Kyle Mallers finished with eight. Sean Sellers and Ishmael El-Amin added seven each.

• Ball State held a massive 44-25 advantage on the glass, including a 25-13 margin in the second half alone, and outscored the Zips 40-28 in the paint and 21-12 at the foul line.

How It Happened
• The first half was full of runs, starting when Ball State scored the first seven points for the third straight half. But Akron answered with an 8-0 run, and it was on from there.

• The Zips used a 10-0 spurt midway through the first half to take a 24-14 lead as the Cardinals struggled to take care of the basketball against the undersized but quick Zips.

• Akron maintained a double-digit lead into the final four minutes of the first half before the Cardinals closed on a 16-4 run to take a 41-40 lead into the break. Moses scored seven of his points during that stretch to key the rally.

• After falling behind early in the second half, the Cardinals used an 11-2 run to grab a 56-51 lead and never trailed again.

• The Zips pulled within three at the 9-minute mark, but the Cardinals used a 13-2 run to stretch it to 77-63 and led comfortably the rest of the way. That stretch was keyed by 3-pointers from Sellers, Mallers and Zach Gunn.

Up Next
• Ball State returns home to play three in a row, starting Saturday with a 2 p.m. tipoff against MAC West Division leader Toledo at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals are one of only two league teams to beat the Rockets this year.

• BSU will remain in Muncie to play home games Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. against Northern Illinois and Friday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. against Western Michigan. The WMU contest has been designated as the annual #MuncieOut game.



Published: 2/14/2018 6:34:04 AM Custom Tag