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February 21, 2014

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Central Michigan beats Ball State 101-95 in 3OTs

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Braylon Rayson scored a career-high 30 points, including the first 11 for Central Michigan in the third overtime as the Chippewas defeated Ball State 101-95 Wednesday night.

Rayson’s spurt put Central Michigan (9-16, 2-12 Mid-American) ahead 96-89 and the Cardinals (4-20, 1-12) couldn’t get closer than six after that.

CMU’s Chris Fowler added 18 points and 12 assists and Austin Stewart 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Ball State’s Chris Bond had the last baskets in the first two overtimes.

Blake Hibbits made three consecutive 3-pointers at the end of regulation to bring the Chippewas back from a seven-point deficit with 31 seconds left. His 3-pointer with 9 seconds tied the game.

Ball State led the entire second half, except for one brief tie, until Hibbits’ run of 3s. Hibbits, who had 17 points, fouled out in the second overtime.

Bond led four Cardinals with 21 points and had 12 rebounds.

Riggs to transfer to ND after starting at Florida

SOUTH BEND (AP) — Defensive back Cody Riggs, who started all 12 games for Florida last season, is transferring to Notre Dame for his final year of eligibility.

Riggs can play immediately because he is scheduled to graduate from Florida this spring.

The 5-9, 190-pound Riggs ranked fourth for the Gators last season with 51 tackles playing safety after previously playing cornerback. He also had three pass breakups and 1.5 sacks. He played in 40 games over three seasons, totaling 107 tackles, two sacks, an interception and eight pass breakups.

The Irish lose starting cornerback Bennett Jackson to graduation and started five players at safety last season.

Riggs is the son of former Atlanta Falcons standout running back Gerald Riggs Sr. and the nephew of former Notre Dame wide receiver Bobby Brown.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly called Riggs an outstanding player.

“Cody definitely brings veteran leadership and versatility to our team and defense,” Kelly said. “He will help us immediately but, more importantly, Cody is a great kid with a tremendous focus on both football and academics.”

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