Northern Illinois vs Ball State

Ball St. 62, N. Illinois 51


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Jesse Berry hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points Saturday to lead Ball State past Northern Illinois 62-51 in a regular-season finale.

Jarrod Jones and Jauwan Scaife added 11 points apiece for the Cardinals (15-14, 6-10 Mid-American), who used two huge second-half runs to win. Matt Kamieniecki had nine rebounds, and Tyrae Robinson added six assists.

Freshman Abdel Nader led the Huskies (4-25, 3-13) with 16 points and six rebounds.

Ball State earned the ninth seed in the conference tournament and will open Monday night at No. 8 Western Michigan. The Huskies got the last seed and will play at No. 5 Eastern Michigan, also on Monday.

Northern Illinois led 39-27 before the Cardinals ripped off a 14-0 run to take a 41-39 edge with 10:13 left. After the Huskies regained a 47-46 advantage, Ball State reeled off 16 in a row for a 62-47 lead with 3:02 left.

NIU fell to 0-14 on the road.

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Northern Illinois Huskies
A. Nader, F286-110-063316
K. Gray, F152-41-23045
A. Bolin, G252-50-03116
M. Ford, G232-30-03324
T. Nixon, G222-50-01026
S. Berg211-40-01313
T. Storm200-50-05110
K. Gray172-40-03044
A. Christian141-30-02133
Z. Miller80-00-00130
J. Jackson50-12-20002
D. Grady20-02-20002
Totals 18-455-629132451
Ball State Cardinals
J. Jones, F264-93-370211
P. Sneed, F101-40-02102
R. Davis, G322-80-12425
T. Robinson, G240-20-01620
T. Koch, G110-30-00000
A. Adeoye291-15-68217
J. Scaife294-100-031011
J. Berry236-102-311219
M. Kamieniecki122-30-19014
Z. Fields41-31-11013
Totals 21-5311-1535151162
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