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Defense shines as Ball St. beats E. Michigan 61-43

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) Tahjai Teague recorded 15 points as Ball St. topped Eastern Michigan 61-43 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tourney on Monday night. Ishmael El-Amin added 12 points for the Cardinals, who held the Eagles to 29.4 percent shooting, the lowest mark of the season for a Ball St. opponent.

Tayler Persons had 12 points and six rebounds for Ball St. (16-16). K.J. Walton added eight rebounds.

Ball St. entered halftime trailing 29-23, but the Cardinals were able to outscore the Eagles 38-14 in the second half to pull away for the victory. The Eagles' 14 points in the second half marked a season low for the team.

Paul Jackson had 12 points for the Eagles (15-17). Kevin McAdoo added 11 points. James Thompson IV had nine rebounds.

Elijah Minnie, the Eagles' second leading scorer coming into the contest at 14 points per game, scored 6 points (2 of 10).

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Key Players
T. Persons
P. Jackson
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
14.1 Pts. Per Game 14.1
4.8 Ast. Per Game 4.8
2.0 Reb. Per Game 2.0
44.1 Field Goal % 37.3
33.9 Three Point % 23.3
79.4 Free Throw % 70.8
  Offensive rebound by Eastern Michigan 6.0
  Paul Jackson missed jump shot 8.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Ball State 10.0
  Defensive rebound by Ball State 39.0
  Ty Groce missed 3-pt. jump shot 41.0
+ 1 Tayler Persons made 2nd of 2 free throws 47.0
+ 1 Tayler Persons made 1st of 2 free throws 47.0
  Personal foul on Paul Jackson 47.0
  Defensive rebound by Tayler Persons 49.0
  Elijah Minnie missed 3-pt. jump shot 51.0
+ 2 K.J. Walton made dunk, assist by Ishmael El-Amin 1:04
Team Stats
Points 61 43
Field Goals 21-49 (42.9%) 15-51 (29.4%)
3-Pointers 5-18 (27.8%) 5-21 (23.8%)
Free Throws 14-19 (73.7%) 8-16 (50.0%)
Total Rebounds 41 32
Offensive 12 10
Defensive 25 16
Team 4 6
Assists 13 8
Steals 4 6
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 15 13
Fouls 17 16
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 6 REB
12 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Ball St. 16-16 233861
home team logo E. Michigan 15-17 291443
Team Stats
away team logo Ball St. 16-16 75.1 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo E. Michigan 15-17 68.8 PPG 38.8 RPG 11.5 APG
Key Players
25
T. Teague F 13.5 PPG 7.5 RPG 1.2 APG 55.0 FG%
3
P. Jackson G 14.3 PPG 2.0 RPG 4.6 APG 37.5 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Teague F 15 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
P. Jackson G 12 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
42.9 FG% 29.4
27.8 3PT FG% 23.8
73.7 FT% 50.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Teague 15 6 0 6/13 0/1 3/4 3 32 0 0 2 2 4
T. Persons 12 6 5 4/8 1/5 3/4 3 37 0 0 0 2 4
K. Mallers 8 6 1 3/10 2/8 0/0 3 31 2 2 4 1 5
K. Walton 6 8 2 2/6 0/0 2/4 1 29 0 1 2 4 4
T. Moses 6 6 3 2/5 0/0 2/3 3 36 0 1 6 3 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Teague 15 6 0 6/13 0/1 3/4 3 32 0 0 2 2 4
T. Persons 12 6 5 4/8 1/5 3/4 3 37 0 0 0 2 4
K. Mallers 8 6 1 3/10 2/8 0/0 3 31 2 2 4 1 5
K. Walton 6 8 2 2/6 0/0 2/4 1 29 0 1 2 4 4
T. Moses 6 6 3 2/5 0/0 2/3 3 36 0 1 6 3 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. El-Amin 12 2 2 3/6 2/4 4/4 2 22 1 0 1 0 2
B. Hazen 2 3 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 10 1 0 0 0 3
J. Thompson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
A. Nehls - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Gunn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Huggins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Acree - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Coleman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 37 13 21/49 5/18 14/19 17 201 4 4 15 12 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Jackson 12 3 4 4/19 0/5 4/6 4 40 3 0 4 2 1
K. McAdoo 11 3 1 3/8 3/6 2/2 1 22 1 0 2 2 1
E. Minnie 6 1 2 2/10 2/7 0/0 1 38 1 1 3 0 1
B. Toure 4 7 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 3 27 0 2 2 4 3
J. Thompson IV 4 9 0 2/4 0/0 0/4 3 40 0 0 1 2 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Jackson 12 3 4 4/19 0/5 4/6 4 40 3 0 4 2 1
K. McAdoo 11 3 1 3/8 3/6 2/2 1 22 1 0 2 2 1
E. Minnie 6 1 2 2/10 2/7 0/0 1 38 1 1 3 0 1
B. Toure 4 7 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 3 27 0 2 2 4 3
J. Thompson IV 4 9 0 2/4 0/0 0/4 3 40 0 0 1 2 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Groce 4 2 0 1/3 0/2 2/2 3 20 1 1 1 0 2
I. Green 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/2 1 6 0 0 0 0 1
M. Ellison 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Silver 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
D. Parris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Peterson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Ballard Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stephens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 43 26 8 15/51 5/21 8/16 16 200 6 4 13 10 16