Teague carries Ball St. over Cent. Michigan 85-68

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

The Cardinals (14-16, 6-10) entered 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.

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The Cardinals evened the season series against the Chippewas with the win. Central Michigan defeated Ball St. 71-66 on Jan. 25. Central Michigan finishes out the regular season against Western Michigan at home on Friday.

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