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Miami drops OT contest to Western Michigan

OXFORD, Ohio (WKRC) -- The Miami University men's basketball team dropped a 78-77 overtime decision to Western Michigan Saturday afternoon in Millett Hall. The loss drops the RedHawks to 5-8 overall and 1-1 in Mid-American Conference play, while the Broncos improve to 9-5 overall and 2-0 in MAC play.

Just nine minutes into the game Miami trailed 18-4 and 32-24 at the half. The RedHawks would not gain their first lead until 4:57 left in the contest when Bill Edwards drilled a three-point basket from the top of the key to give Miami a 60-58 lead. Edwards, who saw action for the first time this season, would finish the contest with a career-high 24 point.

Willie Moore would erase a 65-63 deficit with 12 seconds remaining in regulation with a brilliant move to the hoop for an easy layup, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra session both teams exchanged several baskets before the Broncos took a 75-71 lead with two minutes remaining in the game. A Will Felder layup got Miami to within two, but WMUs David Moore sunk a pair of free throws with just over a minute to go to once again extend WMUs lead to four, 77-73.

Moore added a layup with 50 seconds remaining and following a defensive stop Edwards drilled a jumper to knot the score at 77-77 with 6.4 seconds remaining. WMUs Moore got fouled on a drive to the hoop and would convert on 1-of-2 free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to secure the Bronco victory.

Joining Edwards in double figures were Felder (19 points) and Moore (11 points). WMUs Brown led all scorers with 25 points, while Connar Tava added 22.

Miami was 27-of-62 (43.5 percent) from the field and 17-of-18 from the foul line, while Western Michigan was 23-of-41 (56.1 percent) from the floor and 24-of-27 from the charity stripe.

The RedHawks committed just six turnovers in 45 minutes of action, compared to the Broncos 16. Both teams finished with 28 rebounds. Miami also had advantages in steals (12-1), assists (16-13) and bench points (35-10).

Miami returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 5 in a trip to Akron. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Image and information courtesy Miami University Athletics




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