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.