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CARDINALS LOSE AT WESTERN MICHIGAN

February 23, 2012
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



Final Score: Western Michigan 78, Ball State 61

Demetrius Ward scored a game-high 20 points, leading four starters in double figures, as the Western Michigan Broncos defeated Ball State, 78-61, in Mid-American Conference play at University Arena.

Nate Hutcheson and Flenard Whitfield both added 15 points for the Broncos (12-16, 6-7 MAC) as they won for the second time in the last three outings. Matt Stainbrook chipped in 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds as well.

The Cardinals (13-13, 4-9) were paced by Chris Bond with 14 points, while reserves Jauwan Scaife and Jesse Berry logged 10 points apiece as the team lost for the eighth time in the last nine outings.

WMU made good on an impressive 9-of-15 behind the three-point line in the first half, but still the team had to settle for a 35-35 tie at the break.

In the second half the Broncos again shot the ball well from all over the court, connecting on 65.0 percent from the floor, 4-of-6 beyond the arc and 13-of-19 at the free-throw line, en route to the 17-point home win.

The hosts made good on an incredible 13-of-21 behind the three-point line, compared to just 6-of-17 for the visitors.


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