W. Michigan 69, Ball St. 63
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
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’