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Men’s basketball beats Fordham in final seconds

On Friday, men’s basketball upset Fordham University by the score of 55-54 in Miami’s season opener. Entering this matchup, Fordham was favored by nine and coming off a CIT Tournament appearance last year. The RedHawks started the contest flat, finding themselves down 25-21 at the end of the first. Only making 19.5 percent of their field goal attempts. However, the team showed resiliency in the second. A pivotal moment came with 10:55 left for Miami — within the previous two minutes Fordham had scored seven unanswered at the mercy of a battered Hawks’ defense. Fordham had just extended its lead to 10 and head coach Jack Owens called for a timeout. This break provided much needed rest and sparked a resurgence in the offense, especially from freshman guard Jalen Adaway. Within the next minute, Adaway bombarded Fordham’s defense with six consecutive points including two dunks. Adaway ultimately finished with an impressive outing of 15 points and 14 rebounds — good for a double-double. His offensive energy set the tone for the ’Hawks’ offense throughout the remainder of the the game. However, Fordham’s offense would put up a steady fight for the ensuing five minutes. The game ultimately hit its turning point with 2:10 left. Trailing 54-48, the Hawks’ scored seven unanswered. Redshirt junior Jake Wright hit a long-range three at 1:31 to cut lead to three. With 42 seconds...

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Men’s basketball faces Wright State for home-opener

Tonight at 7 p.m. the RedHawks take on Wright State — the home opener for the program. The ’Hawks are coming off a last-second win over Fordham this past Friday and look to establish themselves as a contender within the Mid-American Conference. A substantial freshmen presence on offense seems to be the theme for the ’Hawks as of late. Forward Dalonte Brown scored 23 points in the preseason exhibition against Maryville last weekend, along with guard Jalen Adaway making the game winning layup in the Bronx while tallying 15 points and 14 rebounds. Wright State is returning to action after a loss to Loyola of Chicago last Friday by a score of 84-80. Senior guard Grant Benzinger led the Raiders’ offense on Friday with 16 points, including four three-pointers. In addition to this, the Raiders had four players who scored at least 13 points against Loyola. Containing this balanced scoring threat within State’s offense will surely be a factor that Coach Owens’ will have to prioritize within his defensive strategy. The RedHawks have a program record of 14-9 against Wright State and will look to continue this success during Coach Owens’ first game in front of a home crowd. Players to watch are Adaway and senior forward Logan McLane, in addition to Wright State’s...

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Field hockey makes history in Sweet Sixteen play

The Miami University field hockey team defeated No. 16 Stanford University for their first NCAA tournament win on Wednesday, but fell just short against No. 2 Duke 4-2 on Saturday. While the RedHawks finish the season 12-9, their record doesn’t give the team enough credit for their improvement and grit they showed throughout the season. On Wednesday, MU traveled to Palo Alto, CA to defeat the Cardinals 2-1. Miami outshot Stanford 13-8 and dominated 8-1 in penalty corners. “I think it was an impressive performance,” head coach Inako Puzo said. “We played against a great team. We knew it was going to be physical, in good terms, but we’re going to request a lot of good fitness and running if we want to come with the result here and we wanted to compete here on this field.” Stanford scored first in the 24th minute, but were held scoreless for the remainder of the game by Miami’s defense and two good saves by junior goalkeeper Maddie Passarella. Junior midfielder/forward Paula Portugal scored her 19th goal of the season with less than three minutes to go in the first half. Senior midfielder/forward Henni Otten recorded her fifth assist of the season by feeding Portugal, who was able to put it away on a backhanded shot. Within the two-minute mark of regulation, Portugal beat Stanford’s All-American goalkeeper to notch her 20th goal...

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Keep the Crew in Columbus

It was one of those days in late November in L.A. when the wind was strong enough to want a jacket, but hot enough to make you sweat as soon as the long  sleeves went on. But none of that fazed me, because the Columbus Crew had just won their first Major League Soccer Cup in club history. I remember club legend and forever captain, Frankie Hejduk, climbing into the stands to celebrate with the traveling fans, singing “Columbus ’til I Die.” This moment in Crew history, and countless others, are being threatened by the current owner, Anthony Precourt...

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Disciplined RedHawks look to beat Fighting Hawks

After splitting last weekend’s two-game series with National Collegiate Hockey Conference opponent Colorado College, the Miami hockey enters its second weekend of conference play in search of two wins. The RedHawks will need to play a disciplined, puck-management focused game as they compete against No. 2/4 North Dakota tonight and tomorrow in Grand Forks. “North Dakota is a fun place to play,” senior defenseman Louie Belpedio said at Monday’s press conference. “It’s fun, it’s a tough atmosphere to be in, but when you play your own game and you take it to them in their building it’s even better....

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