Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Live blog from Muncie, Ind.

I'm here at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University for tonight's men's game.

I'll be posting photos ( point-and-shoot quality) and updates periodically throughout tonight's contest.

BSU leads 47-42 with 52.6 seconds remaining. The only reason CMU is still in this one is because of junior guard Robbie Harman's 19 second-half points.

Robbie Harman is on fire.

The junior guard has 10 of CMU's 12 points in the second half as BSU leads 32-26 with 14 minutes left.

On another note, the referees are atrocious — and it goes both ways. Antonio Weary picked up 4 fouls in 1:03 to start the half on a charging foul, a reach, a technical foul and another ticky-tack reach-in.

Here's some scene-setting photos from before the game.
Football coach Stan Parrish waves to the crowd before the game:

The national anthem:

The opening tip:

It's 16-14 with 3:45 left in the first half. Refs are letting them play, but offense is hard to come by in this one. Both teams are having trouble getting off shots because of the defensive pressure.

Ball State closed the half on a 9-0 run and holds a 25-14 lead as CMU was unable to score in the half's last 4:53. CMU's point total matched its season low of 14, set on the road against Akron on Jan. 31. CMU trailed 28-14 at the half of that game and eventually lost 64-43. This game is eerily similar to the first half of that one, although CMU is shooting 6 percent better percentage (38.9 percent vs. 32.3) and is instead having trouble even getting shots off. The Chippewas did not shoot a free throw in the first half, either, while Ball State went 4-for-4. The referees are not giving them respect down low, as Marcus Van has been called for traveling multiple times after being body-checked.

Not many 3-pointers have been shot either. BSU is 1-for-2 and CMU is 0-for-2, one of those a Jordan Bitzer shot that missed everything.

Halftime Stats: Ball State 25, CMU 14
10-22 (45.5%) FG 7-18 (38.9%)
6 Turnovers 12

CMU scorers:
Hardiman 6
Allen 4
Harman 2
Bitzer 2

Brandon Lampely 7
Laron Frazier 6
Eric Wormely 2
M. Hubbard 4
Jarrod Jones 4
Malik Perry 2

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