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March 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Illinois press was something Ball State had not seen before, and it proved to be the undoing of the Cardinals. The Illini simply had too much height and quickness for them and, as a result, their 16-game winning streak ended. Forward Nick Anderson scored 24 points as Illinois, forcing repeated early turnovers with a smothering full-court press, beat Ball State, 72-60, Saturday at Indianapolis and advanced to the National Collegiate Athletic Assn.
March 16, 2000 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
* About UCLA: Center Dan Gadzuric, who has battled problems with both thumbs for the last five weeks, sprained the left one again during practice Wednesday. He appeared in great pain at the time and afterward had the hand wrapped, but said he definitely will play. Coach Steve Lavin said he would wait until today to decide his opening lineup, partly to see how Gadzuric's thumb is and partly to continue to consider his options at several positions.
December 3, 1992 | ALAN OTA
After watching the UCLA women's volleyball team on television in Muncie, Ind., Ball State Coach Randy Litchfield had seen more than enough of what to expect when his Cardinals meet the Bruins on Friday. The NCAA first-round match at 7:30 p.m. at UCLA's John Wooden Center will be Ball State's first appearance in the 32-team tournament. The two-time defending champion Bruins are undefeated (29-0), the top-seeded team in the West Region, ranked No. 1 nationally and have a 39-match winning streak.
September 3, 1989 | From Associated Press
Major Harris passed to Reggie Rembert for two touchdowns on plays of 16 and 70 yards, and tailback Garrett Ford rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns in 16 carries as 17th-ranked West Virginia defeated Ball State, 35-10, Saturday at Morgantown, W.Va. Ford, a redshirt freshman who is the son of former Mountaineer and Denver Bronco running back Garrett Ford, became the first player in the school's history to rush for 100 yards in his first game.
They had gathered around televisions in the student center, in the houses along fraternity row and in various dormitory rooms, and because most of the kids go home on the weekends, in homes around northern Indiana. Purdue and Indiana had suffered dreadful seasons, and after Notre Dame's Jim Sanson missed an extra-point kick, and USC came back to score in the game's closing moments and then score again in overtime to beat Notre Dame, it became all but official.
March 17, 2000 | By SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER,
That zany Jason Kapono and his nutty UCLA teammates were at it again Thursday night, offering high jinks and pratfalls and a 65-57 victory over Ball State in the Metrodome in the first round of the Midwest Regional as only they can, quirky all the way. Kapono came out in a yellow headband for a change--the mother of his college roommate did the honors, maybe with dye or maybe with paint--but found the fit too loose and switched back to his usual white.
December 10, 1989 | From Associated Press
Linebacker Ron Cox is Fresno State's best pass rusher. But he's dangerous even when he doesn't get the quarterback. Cox missed a chance for a fourth-quarter sack, but intercepted David Riley's pass and returned it 58 yards for the game-clinching touchdown as Fresno State won the California Bowl, 27-6, over Ball State Saturday. "The interception was an awesome play by Cox," said Fresno Coach Jim Sweeney, whose Bulldogs have won this game four times in nine years.
February 3, 1990 | JOHN GEIS
Call it an injustice. A men's volleyball team made up of players from such places as Muncie, Ind.; Racine, Wis.; West Carrolton, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Danvers, Ill., and Whitefish Bay, Wis. is ranked ahead of a team of players hailing from the volleyball mecca of Southern California. But there it was in the preseason coaches' poll: Ball State (of Indiana), No. 6; San Diego State, No. 12.
Plucky team from Indiana knocks off giants in a tiny, packed gym. The movie already has been made, but this could be an appealing sequel: "Hoosiers in Paradise." A day after beating No. 4 Kansas, Ball State pummeled No. 3 UCLA, 91-73, Tuesday night in a Maui Invitational semifinal. Next up for the mid-major from Muncie, Ind., is No. 1 Duke. That was supposed to be UCLA's date, a chance to avenge the Bruins' loss to the Blue Devils in a Sweet 16 game last March.
Everyone knew the Cardinals were going to win Saturday, but most thought it would be the ones from Louisville. But the Cardinals of Ball State, playing with a poise and single-mindedness that eluded 16th-ranked Louisville, took a 16-point lead in 13 minutes, led by 13 at halftime and held off a furious rally for a 62-60 second-round West Regional victory the Huntsman Center that puts them in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
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