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).
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott believes a tentative ruling making show-cause orders illegal in California would threaten NCAA membership for state schools.
Guard James Bouknight, ranked 87th in the ESPN 100, is the first player from the Class of 2019 to commit to UConn and first-year coach Dan Hurley.