NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Sophomore guard Reggie Johnson scored a career-high 22 points, but it was not enough as the Miami University men’s basketball team lost at No. 21/22 Notre Dame on Friday evening, 74-62, in the season opener for both teams.
Johnson, who had 15 first-half points for Miami, led a trio of RedHawks to score in double figures. Senior forward Will Felder chipped in 13 points and a game-most seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight tied a career high with 13 points, scoring 10 in the second half.
Notre Dame led by as many as 16 in the opening half, holding 26-10 and 29-13 advantages. Miami went on a 14-3 run to close within five with 3:39 to go in the first half, 32-27. Johnson poured in 12 of the RedHawks’ 14 points during their scoring flurry.
The Fighting Irish came back with a 7-2 run to push its lead back to double figures, 39-29, but Johnson sunk a big triple with 36 seconds to go in the opening half to send Miami into the locker room trailing by seven points, 39-32.
Freshman guard Jaryd Eustace further shrunk the gap, opening the second half with a jumper to put Miami within five, 39-34. Miami trailed by six points, 41-35, off a Felder free throw, but the Fighting Irish went on an 7-0 spurt to push its lead back to double figures, 48-35, with 15:15 to go in the second half.
Notre Dame extended its lead to 16 points off a triple at 9:46, but two layups and a pair of free throws by McKnight put Miami within 10 points, 57-47. Miami continued to chisel away at the Notre Dame lead, and two free throws apiece from Eustace and senior center Blake McLimans put the Miami deficit in single digits with 6:20 to play, 59-51. That was as close as the RedHawks would get.
It was the third 20-point scoring effort of Johnson’s career.
Quinten Rollins added two points, five rebounds, seven assists with just one turnover.
Miami continues a three-game road stretch when the RedHawks travel to Arizona State for a 9 p.m. (ET) game on Tuesday, Nov. 12.