MUNCIE – Ishmael El-Amin said it best in the postgame press conference.
“You get the ball to K.J, in transition and get out of the way,” the senior guard said of his teammate K.J. Walton. The Ball State men’s basketball team gave the ball to everyone and Eastern Michigan got out of the way in a 100-65 Cardinals victory on Tuesday night. Walton, who went through Senior Night ceremonies before the game, exploded for a game-high 32 points with eight rebounds as Ball State cruised to the blowout win.
Miryne Thomas scored 20 points on five field goal attempts and El-Amin and Jarron Coleman each chipped in 13 points and two assists.
TURNING POINT: It was a 13-9 game early when Ball State went on a 17-3 run to put the game away in the first half. The Cards then won the final six minutes of the half 20-10 to take a 50-22 lead into halftime. BSU’s largest lead was 87-40 with 7:22 left in the game.
STRAIGHT FROM THE COACH: “Obviously a great team win. We played well from start to finish and I’m glad our seniors could go out on a high note,” head coach James Whitford said. “We’re sharing the ball and playing unselfishly together. That’s the biggest thing. Tonight we got the ball inside. Eastern was concerned with our shooting on the outside and it opened things up for us inside. I thought K.J. did a really good job of attacking.”
WALTON CAREER HIGH: Walton’s 32 points came on 13-for-21 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line. He also had two steals, two old fashioned 3-point plays and a thunderous dunk late in the game. His previous scoring high was 28, achieved in the first game of this season.
LIVING IN THE 90s: Ball State scored 90 against Kent State, 97 vs. Central Michigan and 100 vs. Eastern Michigan. That’s three straight conference games with 90+ points for the first time in school history.
UP NEXT: The Cardinals close the regular season Friday night at Toledo, which has clinched the regular season title. That game will be Friday at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.