N.C. Central was respectable on the road, but once again the Eagles came up short.
Malik Perry had 17 points while Jarrod Jones chipped in 16 points with 10 rebounds for Ball State, which topped the visiting Eagles 59-45.
Dijon Manns (pictured) led the Eagles (2-10) with 13 points, followed by C.J. Wilkerson with 11 and Nick Chasten 10.
Terrence Watson added 12 points for Ball State.