MUNCIE, Ind. -- Jarrod Jones scored 20 points to lead Ball State to a 78-69 victory over Western Michigan in a Mid-American Conference opener Saturday.
Jones, who notched his fourth straight game of at least 20 points, went 7 of 15 and made all six free throws.
The Cardinals never trailed and led by 16 points midway through the second half.
Ball State outshot Western Michigan 45.5 percent (25 of 55) to 40.3 percent (25 of 62) and forced 14 turnovers while committing only nine.