ATHENS, Ohio - Miami University's men's basketball team suffered a hard-fought, 58-54 loss at Ohio University (23-8; 14-2 MAC) on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center in the regular-season finale for both teams. The RedHawks (8-21; 3-13 MAC) will be the No. 11 seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament and will travel to No. 6 seed Bowling Green for a first-round game on Monday.
Junior forward Will Felder led all players with 20 points, the second 20-point scoring effort of his Miami career. Junior forward Jon Harris finished with 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds, while junior guard Quinten Rollins tallied nine assists, one more than the entire team total for the Bobcats.
Ohio jumped out to a quick, 7-2 lead by the 16:15 mark. A bucket by Felder and a pair of free throws from junior guard Josh Sewell pulled the RedHawks within one, 7-6, but the Bobcats pushed their lead to three, 9-6. Ohio led by as many as six, 15-9, in the first half, but Miami used a 6-0 scoring spurt to even the game at 15-15 off a three-point play at the 8:14 mark. The Bobcats again pulled ahead, but a jumper by Harris gave the RedHawks their first lead since the opening bucket, 19-18, with 5:52 to play in the period.
A jumper by Ohio's D.J. Cooper gave the Bobcats a 20-19 lead, however a Felder triple handed Miami a 22-20 lead with 5:15 to go in the first half. The Bobcats closed within one off a made free throw at 3:33, but Felder tossed in three unanswered buckets to give the RedHawks a 28-21 advantage with 20 seconds remaining in the half. Ohio hit one of two free-throw attempts with under a second left to make the halftime score, 28-22.
Felder led all players at the half with 14 points.
Five points from freshman guard Reggie Johnson and four from Rollins helped the RedHawks extend their lead to 12 points in the second half, 41-29, by the 14:06 mark. A free throw from freshman guard Geovonie McKnight kept the Miami lead at 12, 44-32, with 11:58 to go. Ohio went on a 15-0 run over the next five minutes however, to claim a 47-44 lead, which it would not relinquish.
Sophomore guard Will Sullivan knocked down a bucket at 6:23 to halt the Bobcat flurry and put the RedHawks within one, 47-46. It was Miami's first points in nearly six minutes. The teams went back and forth over the final minutes, but Miami was unable to pull out the win.
Cooper paced the Bobcats, who earned the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament, with 17 points.
Tip-off against the Falcons on Monday is set for 7 p.m. The winner of Monday's first-round match-up will face the winner of seventh-seeded Eastern Michigan and No. 10 seed Northern Illinois on Wednesday, March 13 at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena at 9 p.m.