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Miami hoops falls on the road to Western Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WKRC) -- Senior forward Will Felder and sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight scored 12 points apiece, but it was not enough as the Miami University mens basketball team (9-14; 5-7 Mid-American Conference) suffered a 68-57 loss at Western Michigan University (16-8; 9-3 MAC) on Saturday afternoon.

The RedHawks built an early 7-1 lead by the 13:53 mark with a pair of buckets from Felder and a triple by freshman guard Jaryd Eustace. The Broncos came back to even the game with a 6-0 surge, but Miami recaptured a 9-7 lead off a Felder bucket at 11:04.

After a sophomore guard Willie Moore field goal at 9:42 to give Miami an 11-9 lead, the Broncos staged a 9-0 flurry to capture an 18-11 advantage. The RedHawks closed within four, but the Broncos pushed their lead to 10 points off a Connar Tava field goal with 1:33 to go in the opening half, 26-16. Junior guard Will Sullivan knocked down a 3-pointer and McKnight tossed in a jumper in the lane to put the RedHawks within five with 20 seconds to play, but Miami sent WMUs David Brown to the line and he hit one of two attempts to give the Broncos a 29-23 edge going into the half.

Eustace opened the second-half scoring with a 3-pointer at the 18:46 mark to put the RedHawks within three, 29-26. The Broncos pushed their lead to seven twice, the latter at 39-32, but Miami chiseled away and took a 43-42 lead on a Sullivan 3-pointer at 8:47. WMU responded with six straight points before McKnight knocked down a jumper at 5:52 to put the RedHawks within three, 48-45, but that was as close as Miami got.

Four Broncos scored in double figures with Austin Richie leading all scorers with 20 points. Shayne Wittington followed with 18 points and a game-best 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.

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