Malik Perry scored 17 points to lead Ball State to a 59-45 victory over North Carolina Central Monday night.
Jarrod Jones had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (4-5). Ball State controlled the boards, outrebounding North Carolina Central 37-23.
Terrence Watson scored 12 points for Ball State, which led 28-23 at halftime.
The Eagles (2-10) were led by Dijon Manns with 13 points. C.J. Wilkerson scored 11 and Nick Chasten had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. North Carolina Central scored the first six points of the game and drew within 37-34 in the second half, but Ball State eventually pulled away with a 15-4 run.