Miami rides torrid first half shooting to down Kent State

Last weekend’s second half collapse against Western Michigan seemed to strike a chord with the Miami RedHawks as they played inspired basketball to beat Kent State 80-69 at Millett Hall on Tuesday. “We most definitely came out with a chip on our shoulder,” Miami freshman guard Nike Sibande said. “That last game kinda left a bad taste in our mouth, so coming out this game, we had a point to prove.” The ‘Hawks offense came out blazing in the first half, as they shot 54.1 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from three during the half. They never...

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Miami squanders double-digit lead, falls to Western Michigan

The Miami RedHawks (8-7, 1-1 MAC) blew a double-digit second half lead against the Western Michigan Broncos (10-5, 2-0 MAC), and lost 67-62 Saturday. After winning at Bowling Green State in their Mid-American Conference opener, the heartbreaking defeat was Miami’s first home loss and first conference loss of the season. “I felt like that was a game that we should have won,” junior guard Darrian Ringo said. “I’m hurt right now that we lost. I’ve got to get better and we’ve got to get better as a team.” The RedHawks didn’t allow Western Michigan to lead in the first,...

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Miami never trails, blows out Rio Grande

The Miami RedHawks (7-4) rode strong inside play on offense and defense to a 109-70 blowout victory over the NAIA Division II Rio Grande RedStorm (5-10, 2-2) at Millett Hall on Sunday. The RedHawks shot 33-for-45 (73 percent) on two-point field goal attempts and won the rebounding margin 46-28. “It was great to get this win,” MU head coach Jack Owens said. “It was finals week this past week, so they guys were obviously preparing for that. We were only able to practice every other day. I thought the guys came out and followed the game plan and we...

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Basketball avoids late collapse, holds off Fort Wayne

The Miami RedHawks (6-4) defended their home court Saturday, defeating Fort Wayne 81-73 at Millett Hall. The win snapped a three-game losing streak against the Mastodons (6-5), and allowed Miami to remain undefeated at home this season. “I’m excited about the guys competing,” Miami head coach Jack Owens said. “We were able to get them out of rhythm. That was a really good offensive team, and our guys stayed to the scouting reports, the game plan and executed offensively and defensively.” The RedHawks quickly fell behind in the first half, as Fort Wayne Redshirt senior guard Bryson Scott converted...

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Miami stumbles against SEC opponent Mizzou

After a 3-0 start, the Miami Basketball RedHawks (5-4) have now dropped four of their last six games after Tuesday night’s 70-51 loss to the Southeastern Conference Missouri Tigers (7-2). Missouri was plagued by turnovers — 17 total, nine in the first half — but Miami wasn’t able to capitalize as it shot just 32.3 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from three. “The team that played the hardest didn’t win the game,” Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “We didn’t set a tone, it doesn’t matter who we play against.” The Red and White fell victim to...

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