Ball State holds off Ohio rally

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 14, 2005

The Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Terrance Chapman's 3-pointer with two seconds left quashed an Ohio comeback and lifted Ball State to an 81-80 victory in the Mid-American Conference on Wednesday.

Ohio (5-5, 0-2 MAC) trailed by 13 points with 7:53 remaining but the Bobcats' Mychal Green scored on a layup, a three-point play and a 3-pointer, interrupted only by two free throws by Ball State's Julian Mills, to narrow the margin to just seven points, 66-59, with 6:21 left.

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Ohio had resorted to fouling Ball State (7-4, 2-1), holding the Cardinals to a single field goal and outscoring them 26-11 to go ahead 77-75 on Green's two free throws with 43 second remaining.

Ball State's Peyton Stovall then hit his sixth 3-pointer of the game to give the Cardinals a 78-77 lead with 28 seconds left. Jeff Halbert's three-point play with eight seconds left restored Ohio's lead before Chapman shot the game-winner.

Stovall led Ball State with 24 points and Chapman added 22 points and 12 rebounds. Green, who scored 18 points in the second half, finished with 24. Sonny Troutman added 18 points for the Bobcats and Leon Williams contributed 14 points - 10 in the second half - and 11 rebounds.

Ball State led 48-33 at halftime after making nine 3-pointers in 16 attempts, but Ohio limited the long-range shot in the second half, holding the Cardinals to 4-of-14.