Miami looks to finally beat Kent State

Miami University’s men’s basketball looks to Saturday to rebound from two consecutive losses. The RedHawks will be taking on a Mid-American Conference opponent in the Kent State Flashes at Millett Hall at 3:30 p.m. With a stinging 83-72 loss to Bowling Green on Tuesday, Miami looks to improve on their record of 9-13 overall and 2-7 in the MAC. The RedHawks are 9-4 at home. Kent State is 12-10 overall, 4-5 in the MAC and 3-4 on the road. The Flashes also played on Tuesday but will come to Oxford after a 70-64 victory over Eastern Michigan. “They’re going to be physical,” head coach John Cooper said. “They’re going to rebound the basketball and they’re going to be athletic.” Miami will face a tough Kent State offense which averages 79 points a game. The RedHawks average 73 points a game, but draws upon their entire bench. Expect to see production from freshman guard Michael Weathers, freshman forward Marcus Weathers and freshman center Darius Harper. Redshirt sophomore Jake Wright will be looked to for his consistent three pointers and junior forward Logan McLane has hit his stride in the second half of the season. Kent State’s senior forward Jimmy Hall and sophomore guard Jaylin Walker will test Miami’s defense — they average 18.8 points and 14.7 points a game, respectively. “It starts with playing good defense. Defense leads to offense...

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Women’s Basketball drops fifth straight game

The Miami University women’s basketball team lost its fifth consecutive game on Wednesday night, falling 84-66 on the road against Kent State University. The RedHawks are now 7-15 (1-8 MAC) on the season, while the Golden Flashes improve their mark to 12-10 (6-4 MAC). “They have some nice role players that are doing a great job. I think that’s why [Kent State] has seen some success,” head coach Cleve Right said. The two squads went back and forth out of the gate in the first quarter. After a KSU run gave them an 18-10 advantage, MU responded with a 7-2 run of its own behind buckets from freshman forward Savannah Kleusner and junior forward Molly McDonagh. The Golden Flashes carried a 20-17 at the end of the quarter. A Kluesner three pointer and McDonagh layup quickly tied things up at 22 apiece to start the second quarter. A three-point play off a layup by sophomore guard Kendal McCoy gave the Red and White their first lead of the game at 27-24. The MAC rivals went back and forth for the remainder of the half as Kent State held a slim 42-39 lead when the buzzer sounded. For the third straight game, the ‘Hawks were put out of reach in the third quarter as the Golden Flashes opened things up on a quick 6-0 run. Despite baskets from McDonagh, junior...

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First-year found dead at Morris Hall

Miami University Police investigating 18-year-old’s death The Miami University Police Department is still investigating the death of Miami University first-year Erica Buschick, who was found dead the morning of Friday Jan. 20 in her dorm room in Morris Hall. In a statement to the Miami community, released on Canvas, Dean of Students Mike Curme wrote that the 18-year-old Buschick was studying special education and was a member of Miami’s Best Buddies chapter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Erica’s family and friends,” Curme wrote. “Erica’s passing represents a loss to our entire Miami University community.” The Butler County Coroner’s...

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Admissions visit center moves to Shriver, spurs parking change

Tess Sohngen, News Editor New visitor parking spaces this semester around Shriver Center displaced 150 parking spaces previously metered and used by students, faculty and staff. The change occurred in conjunction with the university’s Admission Visit Center’s move to Shriver Center. Marked with Miami’s red and white “M,” the parking spaces along Maple Street and the MacMillan and Shriver Center west parking lots are reserved for visitors with an admission office parking permit from 7:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day; only those with a Miami University parking permit are permitted to park in the Shriver Center and MacMillan...

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Erin Rodriguez: An infectious smile, an aspiring student athlete

Emily Simanskis, Sports Editor Erin Rodriguez’s infectious smile will be missed by her peers. Her humor will be missed by her best friend and teammate, Hannah Shteyn. Her quiet strength and determination will be missed by the tennis program. Her kindness will be missed by her family. And her constant positivity will be missed by Miami University. Erin, a junior, was 20-years-old when she passed away on Jan. 10 in her sleep, without pain. A sudden drop in her potassium levels led to ventricular fibrillation and instant death. She died after a full night spent with friends and family,...

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