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).
Sow scores 18 to lead UC Santa Barbara past Hawaii 79-61
Amadou Sow had 18 points and eight rebounds as UC Santa Barbara beat Hawaii 79-61 on Thursday night.
Ford leads Saint Mary's (Cal) past Pacific 58-32
Jordan Ford had 28 points as Saint Mary's rolled past Pacific 58-32 on Thursday night.
Ahmad carries Cal St.-Fullerton past UC Davis 62-58
Khalil Ahmad registered 15 points as Cal State Fullerton edged past UC Davis 62-58 on Thursday night.