Ball State University Cardinals
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#627 Miami - OH 139
vs. #628 Ball State -9

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 1:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.
Miami (Ohio) and Ball State will both be looking to build on wins when the two teams square off on Saturday afternoon. The Redhawks are coming off a 77-74 win against Kent State on Tuesday night. Ball State picked up a 69-52 victory against Eastern Michigan on the road on Tuesday.

Redhawks snapped losing skid

Miami snapped a three-game losing skid with Tuesday’s win. The Redhawks lost consecutive road games to Central Michigan and Bowling Green. They followed those performances up with a narrow home loss to Buffalo last Friday. Their losing skid came to an end with a 77-74 win against Kent State on Tuesday. Miami jumped out to a 31-21 lead at halftime and held off the Golden Flashes in the second half. Kent State tied the game with 2:09 to play, but Miami responded to grab the late win. The Redhawks are led by junior guard Nike Sibande, who is scoring 14.5 points per game, grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game and dishing out 2.1 assists per game. He has been decent from beyond the arc, making 19 of 58 attempts for a 32.8 percent clip. Junior forward Dalonte Brown is the only other scorer in double figures, adding 12.9 points per game and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game. He has been good from deep, making 22 of 64 from downtown. Sophomore guard Mekhi Lairy has been the best outside shooter, draining 38.5 percent of his 52 attempts.
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