Sean Smith shines on senior day as the Huskies take down Ball State


Final - 2.28.2009 1 2 Total
Ball St. Cardinals 21 34 55
Northern Illinois Huskies 23 33 56

Complete Coverage >



8 seconds to go.  Jake Anderson misses his try for a finger roll just a play before an it's crunch time. 

Tick. Tick. Tick...the clock runs down.  The surprisingly large crowd is on their feet and the Convo is rocking. 

Tick. Tick. Tick...there goes the final, off balance shot by Ball State.  It's off and Najul Ervin grabs the rebound for the victory!


That's just a snapshot of how exciting the whole game was today from start to finish.  Early on it was back and forth until we got a basket to go ahead right before the half by Jake Anderson.  We eventually built a sizable lead towards the mid-point of the second half, but that didn't last for long against the MAC West leader.  Ball State fought hard to come back in this game, but it just wasn't enough for them to obtain a victory from the Huskies at home.


The Players

F Sean Smith went out with a bang at the Convo on his senior night.  Smith was the go-to guy especially early in the game and finished 8 of 15 for 20 pts.

G Jake Anderson was...guess who?  Jake Anderson.  He finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.  Our offense was a little teeny bit too relient on Jake, but he made things happen driving to the basket and on D.

G Mike Dinunno was clearly off all game, going 1 for 7 with no assists.  Bryan Hall filled in nicely at PG when Mike was ineffective.  It might have had something to do with his hand, because his wrist was wrapped with tape around the thumb area.

C Ante Dzepina got the start for Sean Kowal, who was out with some sort of injury he probably endured last game when he got beat up against Western Michigan.  We went with a much smaller lineup, as Ante scored 10 pts in only 17 minues.

Key Stats

Turnovers: NIU 9, BSU 18.

This turned out to be one of the most important stats for the game.  There's no way that we would have won this game if we didn't force this many TOs.

3pt FG Pct: NIU 16.7%, BSU 66.7%

Hitting 3-pointers was the only way that Ball State was staying in this game.  They were extremely effective hitting 8 of 12 from beyond the arc.  Ball State can do this because they are ranked towards the bottom in the nation in tempo (322), as they run down the shot clock while setting up clean shots from 3.

Free throw watch: 9 of 20 (45%)

We defintely did a good job getting to the line, but failed to completely capitilize on these opportunities.  Ervin was 0 for 3 and Dinunno was completely off his game today missing twice.  Good job for Dzepina making 4 for 5 from the charity stripe.


Next up are 2 winnable road games @ EMU on Wednesday and the season finale @ Toledo on Sunday.  We prevented Ball St from clinching the West and we're technically still in the race.  It's time to exorcise our road ghosts and rise up in the MAC Tourney seedings.  Right now we're one of the hottest team in the MAC winning 4 out of our last 5 games.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Red And Black Attack

You must be a member of Red And Black Attack to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Red And Black Attack. You should read them.

Join Red And Black Attack

You must be a member of Red And Black Attack to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Red And Black Attack. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker