MUNCIE, Ind. (AP)—Ahmad Nivins scored 19 points and Tasheed Carr had 18 as Saint Joseph’s overcame a slow start for a 63-55 victory over Ball State on Saturday.
Ball State (5-7) held a 20-11 lead midway through the first half as Jarrod Jones scored eight early points and Malik Perry added seven for the Cardinals. That lead soon disappeared as Carr scored 11 points during a 17-4 run that gave the Hawks a four-point halftime lead.
The Hawks (6-7) never let Ball State get closer than five points in the second half as they held the Cardinals to 40 percent shooting for the game.
Carr hit all four of his free-throw shots in the final minute to help seal the victory.
Jones and Anthony Newell led Ball State as each had 16 points and nine rebounds.
Ball State outrebounded the Hawks 38-29, but committed 15 turnovers to 10 for Saint Joseph’s.