Poor Shooting Dooms Chippewas at Ball State, 71-52
Courtesy: Jason Kaufman/CMU Athletics
Andre Coimbra pulled down eight of his career-high 14 rebounds on the offensive glass. (File photo)

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Central Michigan was unable to execute on the road while dropping a 71-52 contest at Ball State on Wednesday night.

The Chippewas (9-20, 4-11 Mid-American) shot just 30 percent from the floor and 42 percent from the line, both the second-worst marks of the season, while the host Cardinals hit 58 percent from the floor and 54 percent from the arc.

Andre Coimbra posted the second double-double of his career with a team-high 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.  He was the lone Chippewa to have any success shooting on the night going 7-for-14 from the floor.

The rest of the team combined to go 14-for-55 for 25 percent.  CMU made just 5-of-21 3-point attempts for a 24 percent clip.

Trey Zeigler added 14 points, but only two in the second half.

The Cardinals (14-14, 5-10 Mid-American) led by as many as 11 in the first half but CMU used a 7-0 run to pull within four with under a minute to go.  Ball State snapped the run with a layup before the halftime buzzer to take a 32-26 lead at the intermission.

Ball State quickly pushed the lead back up to double-digits early in the second half and it remained at least an 11-point margin for the final 10 minutes of the game.

Four Cardinals were in double figures with Jesse Berry notching a team-high 15 off the bench.  Chris Bond added 13 points, Randy Davis 12, Tyrae Robinson 10 and Jarrod Jones seven points and 10 boards.

CMU closes the regular season on Friday at home against rival Western Michigan.  Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

•  Ball State snapped a nine-game MAC losing streak and the Cardinals swept the season series against CMU.
•  Derek Jackson recorded his 51st steal of the season to move into a tie for eighth on CMU's single-season chart.
•  Andre Coimbra's previous career high for rebounds was 12, set when he recorded his only other career double-double at Eastern Michigan last season.
•  Sophomore Trey Zeigler needs 31 points to reach the 1,000-career point plateau.
•  CMU held BSU's leading scorer, Jarrod Jones, to single digits in both games this season.  He was a first team All-MAC pick last year.