The Howard Bison visit Worthen Arena in Muncie, Indiana on Thursday to play the Ball State Cardinals. The Bison fell to 6-5 on the season following a 74-67 setback against the Fordham Rams on Sunday. The Bison are amongst the leaders in the nation in scoring averaging 88 points per game, but scored just 26 in the first half. RJ Cole led Howard with 18 points in the loss.
Ball State improved to 7-4 on the season following its 77-61 win on Monday over Valparaiso. The Cardinals were led by Tahjai Teague who posted a double-double and K.J. Walton who hit 7 of 9 shots to score 15 points. The Cardinals have won 6 of the last 7 overall.
RJ Cole leads Howard in scoring and assists with averages of 20.5 points and 6.8 assists per game. Akuwovo Ogheneyole leads the Bison in rebounds with an average of 5.7 per game. Charles Williams and Chad Lott are the only other two Howard players to average double figures in scoring. Howard is shooting 43.9% from the field and 33.0% from 3-point territory.
Taylor Persons leads the Cardinals in scoring and assists with averages of 16.5 points and 5.2 assists per game. K.J. Walton is the second leading scorer with an average of 15.2 points per game. The leading rebounder is Tahjai Teague with an average of 7.2 per game. The Cardinals are shooting 50.2% from the field and 35.8% from 3-point territory.