Miami drops a tight one to Toledo with Wally Szczerbiak in town

Miami drops a tight one to Toledo with Wally Szczerbiak in town (Miami University Athletics)

OXFORD, Ohio (WKRC) - Before a crowd of 3,525 fans, a national television audience and Miami Hall-of-Famer Wally Szczerbiak, the Miami University men’s basketball team made a spirited second half run, but ultimately fell short to Toledo, 73-67, on Friday. The RedHawks are now 13-12 overall and 6-6 in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets are 18-7 overall and 10-2 in the MAC.

Miami battled back from an 11-point halftime deficit to take a 41-40 lead midway through the second half, but the Rockets were able to answer and maintain an advantage down the stretch. The RedHawks were hurt by a tough night from behind the arc, finishing 4-for-27 (14.8 percent). Junior point guard Darrian Ringo led Miami with 16 points, while senior forward Logan McLane had 15 and freshman guard Nike Sibande finished with 13.

Both teams came out a bit tentative playing in front of the national TV audience. Freshman forward Dalonte Brown opened the scoring with a three-pointer, but the Red and White would score only three more points over the next seven minutes. They held tough against Toledo defensively, holding the Rockets to only nine. A steal followed by a jumper from freshman guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands, and a layup from sophomore forward Bam Bowman put Miami on top, 10-9 with 10:40 to go in first half.

Ringo, Coleman-Lands and Sibande each had buckets as the teams found themselves tied at 16 with 7:36 remaining in the period. Tied at 18, the Rockets went on an 11-2 run to pull ahead 29-20 before Bowman ended the stretch with a jumper. UT scored the final four points to go into the break leading 33-22.

A three-pointer from McLane to open the second half jumped started the Miami offense. McLane hit a couple of layups, while a three-pointer from Brown pulled the team to within five. A layup from Ringo, followed by a triple from Sibande knotted the score at 39. After Toledo hit a free throw, the RedHawks completed 19-7 run with a layup from Ringo that gave them a 41-40 lead with 14:00 to go.

The Rockets were able to back in front by six at 51-45 with 8:33 to go. Back-to-back layups from McLane pulled Miami to within two, before UT made it a seven-point game at 58-51 at the 5:31 mark. Trailing 61-56, McLane put back a Ringo miss with a dunk to cut the deficit to three at 61-58 with 3:01 to go. With the score 63-60 at the 2:22 mark, the Rockets were able to use free throws to finish the game on an 8-5 run and earn a 71-65 victory.

The RedHawks shot 37.8 percent (28-for-74) overall from the game, while Toledo hit 23-for-51 (45.1 percent) of its shots. The difference came at the foul line, where the Rockets were 21-for-28 (75.0 percent), while Miami was 7-for-10 (70.0 percent). The rebounding battle was dead even at 39 apiece. Freshman guard Jalen Adaway led the ‘Hawks with nine boards. Toledo was led by Nate Navigato with 19 points.

The RedHawks return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Eastern Michigan for a 7 p.m. tip. That game will air live on ESPN3.

Information provided by Miami University Athletics

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