Muncie, Ind. (Dec. 29, 2018) --- Reserve Josh Thompson led eight Ball State players in double-figures with 19 points in the Cardinals’ 116-57 win over visiting Delaware State in the Hornets’ non-conference finale this afternoon. Ball State won its third straight and eighth in the last nine games to improve to 9-4 this season. DSU has dropped its last two games to fall to 3-10.
Delaware State’s Kevin Larkin led all players with 26 points, highlighted by a season-best four three-point field goals (4-8). Larkin, the reigning MEAC player-of-the-Week, also had a game-high 11 rebounds to post his third straight double-double and fifth in the last six games.
Pinky Wiley was the only other Delaware State player to reach double-figures with 12 points. Wiley also led the Hornets with four assists.
Thompson was four-for-six from the field, including four-of-four from three-point range, and perfect on seven free throws for the Cardinals.
Tahjai Teague and Tayler Persons added 16 points each for Ball State. Teague was six-for-seven from the field, while Persons led all players with seven assists. Austin Nehls had 12 points on four-for-four three-point shooting for the Cardinals.
Ball State hit 16 of its 29 first half shots en route to a 61-17 lead at the break. The Hornets were just six-for-36 from the field (16.7%) in the first half.
Delaware State improved to 43.2% shooting in the second half (16-for-37), but was outscored 55-40 in the final 20 minutes.
Ball State outrebounded the Hornets 52-30. The Cardinals were also 37-for-44 at the free throw line (84.1%), while DSU attempted just eight foul shots, hitting six.
The Hornets return to action next Saturday (Jan. 5) at Norfolk State in the 2018-19 MEAC opener. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. in Norfolk, Va. DSU’s MEAC home opener is Jan. 7 against Coppin State (7:30 p.m.).