DAYTON, Ohio -- Miami kept it close in the first half in Dayton on Saturday night, but the Flyers' 46 second-half points were too much to overcome, and the RedHawks (3-5) fell by a score of 83-61. Junior forward Will Felder scored a career-high 18 points and junior forward Jon Harris added 16, a season high, but that was not enough to come away with a victory.
Miami jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead by taking advantage of two Flyer turnovers, including the very first possession of the game when Harris nailed a 3-pointer after a steal by junior guard Quinten Rollins. Dayton (7-2) came back with a three of its own and the two squads traded baskets, bringing the score to 11-9 in favor of the RedHawks. Neither team scored a point for nearly three minutes after that, until junior forward Allen Roberts broke the drought with two free throws.
The score reached 18-9 after two Miami baskets, but Dayton fought back to within two, 18-16, with just over 11 minutes remaining in the half. The score remained close as each team traded baskets. With just under six minutes to go until halftime, the Flyers took their first lead of the game, 23-22, on a jumper by Josh Benson. Neither team held a lead greater than three for the rest of the half until Dayton's Kevin Dillard laid one in with just a second left on the clock. Dillard's basket gave the Flyers a 37-33 lead going into the locker room.
Dayton took the momentum it had to end the half and brought it to the second, scoring six of the first nine points to extend its lead to nine, 45-36. Miami's three points in the opening minutes came from Felder, who also scored the RedHawks' next basket to cut the deficit to seven points with just over 15 minutes left. The Flyers continued to score in bunches, to the tune of an 11-3 scoring run to take a 17-point lead. A Rollins free throw at the 11:09 mark was the first Miami point not scored by Felder in nearly 12 minutes of game time.
A trey from Harris brought the RedHawks back within 15, but the Flyers would not relent, rattling off four straight points of their own. Miami actually outscored Dayton in the next two minutes of game time 8-6, but it was not enough to overcome a substantial Flyer lead. When the horn sounded, the RedHawks found themselves on the losing end of an 83-61 decision at the hands of local rival Dayton.
Miami's rebounding woes continued tonight, with the RedHawks finding themselves on the wrong end of a 45-22 margin.
Felder and Harris were the only scorers to reach double figures for Miami. Felder also added four assists, another career high for the junior.
All five of Dayton's starters scored at least 10 points with Dillard and Devin Oliver each scoring 15. Benson finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double.
The RedHawks have 11 days off before their next game, a matchup with Wright State on the road December 19 at 8 p.m. Miami returns home three days later to face the University of Illinois-Chicago at 1:30 p.m.