The Cardinals, who also have won their last seven straight home games, have won seven straight for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Ball State shot 50 percent from the field, hitting 23 of 46, and knocked down 11 of 27 from behind the 3-point arc. The Cardinals also dominated on the boards, pulling down 39 caroms, 13 more than the Tigers.
The game was tied at 19-19 with 4:37 left, but Mallers scored on a layup and Kiapway hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 27-19 and the Cardinals pushed that lead to 31-23 at intermission.
Paris Collins finished with 17 points to lead Jackson State (3-10), which hit just 21 of 58 shots from the floor (36.2 percent).
Manek scores 18, leads Oklahoma past Wofford 75-64
Brady Manek had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Oklahoma defeat Wofford 75-64 in its home opener on Sunday afternoon.
Gadsden, Cacok power UNC Wilmington past Allen 113-74
Ty Gadsden knocked down 7 of 9 shots from 3-point range and scored a career-high 26 points and Devontae Cacok added a monster double-double to lead UNC Wilmington to a 113-74 victory over NAIA-member Allen University on Sunday.
Tide maintaining their focus
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson talks about the perseverance from his team after pulling out an 88-84 win over Wichita State.