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Teague carries Ball State over Central Michigan 85-68

Ball State Cardinals forward Tahjai Teague carries the basketball during the first half of the men's college basketball game between the Ball State Cardinals and Kent State Golden Flashes on Feb. 4, 2020, at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center in Kent, Ohio. (Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tahjai Teague scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Ball State beat Central Michigan 85-68.

The Cardinals (14-16, 6-10) play Northern Illinois on Friday with a chance to claim a Mid-American Conference, West Division title.

Kyle Mallers scored 15 points and Ishmael El-Amin added 12 for Ball State (17-13, 10-7), which led 41-25 at halftime and held the Chippewas to 38% shooting (23 of 60). Luke Bumbalough had 11 points.

Rob Montgomery and Dallas Morgan scored 19 points apiece for Central Michigan (16-17, 6-11), which lost its ninth straight and entered the game tied for fifth in conference standings. David DiLeo had 11 points and seven rebounds.