by Christopher Jones, The Miami Student
The Miami University men’s basketball team had no answer for Eastern Michigan University’s junior guard Raven Lee, whose 46 points helped EMU run away with a 94-69 win Tuesday night in Ypsilanti, Mich.
“Raven Lee is the story of that game with his shooting performance. It absolutely was a shooting display,” head coach John Cooper said. “It reminds you of something on the playground what he was doing and the kind of shots he was hitting, guarded, contested shots, shooting it from 26 feet literally and making them. It was almost like watching Steph Curry.”
Lee’s performance ties him with senior guards Buddy Hield of Oklahoma University and A.J. English of Iona College for most points scored in an NCAA game this season.
MU senior Chris Bryant scored a career-high 18 points, going 7-of-8 from the field, and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Sophomore guard Ali Barnes, who had 12 points of his own, was the only other RedHawk to score in double figures.
Miami falls to 7-15 overall (1-8 Mid-American Conference), while EMU improves to 11-11 overall (3-6 MAC).
Neither team made a shot for the first six minutes of the game until the Eagles knocked down a 3-pointer with 14:55, taking a 6-0 lead.
With 14:25 to go in the half, the ’Hawks pulled within two points, but EMU mounted a 7-0 run, increasing its lead to 13-4.
From that point on, it was the Raven Lee show. Lee had 27 first-half points, including going 7-of-10 from beyond the arc, leading EMU to a 48-27 lead at halftime.
The Eagles stretched their lead to 27 points within the first two minutes of the second half. The RedHawks went on an 8-2 run, highlighted by Bryant’s 3-point play, bringing the score to 59-38 with 15:12 to go.
Miami fought back with seven unanswered points, including five straight from sophomore guard Dion Wade. Another basket from Bryant put the ’Hawks within 19 points with 11:28 left in the contest, but that’s as closest MU got to taking a game.
“We struggled against the zone and trying to get good shots,” Cooper said. “We’re 6-of-26 from 3-point range, and you do have to be able to step up and hit some 3-point shots, but we could never get on a roll.”
Miami resumes play against Bowling Green University at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Millett Hall.