BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—A 17-2 run with five minutes to go in the first half propelled the Miami University men’s basketball team to a 70-65 win at Bowling Green State University on Saturday evening at the Stroh Center.
The win was the RedHawks’ third straight and pushed Miami to 8-9 overall and 4-2 in Mid-American Conference action. Miami has now won six of its last nine games. It also was Miami’s fourth road win of the season, and the RedHawks moved to 3-1 on the road in conference play.
Junior guard Will Sullivan and sophomore guard Willie Moore paced the RedHawks with 16 points apiece. It was a season-high for Moore, who was 12-for-12 from the free-throw line. Senior forward Will Felder chipped in 12 points, while senior guard Quinten Rollins added 10 points and three steals in the winning effort.
Bowling Green (9-10; 3-3 MAC) used a 7-0 flurry to build a 14-6 lead by the 12:54 mark of the first half. Miami chiseled away and used back-to-back triples from Sullivan and a put-back dunk from Felder to close the gap. The RedHawks took their first lead of the game off a freshman guard Jaryd Eustace trey with 3:28 to go, 25-23.
The RedHawks used a 17-2 run from the 5:08 mark to the 0:42 mark to surge to a nine-point lead, 34-25. Moore was 6-for-6 from the free throw line late in the run to spur the RedHawks. BGSU’s Anthony Henderson drained a triple with 27 seconds left, but Miami came back with a pair of Eustace free throws to give the Red and White an eight-point halftime advantage, 36-28.
Miami shot a solid 54.5 percent from the field in the first half.
Over the opening 10 minutes of the second half, Bowling Green climbed to within two, 47-45, but Miami staged a 10-2 surge, fueled by a Sullivan four-point play and six straight points by Rollins to capture a 57-47 lead with 5:13 to go. Bowling Green hit three 3-pointers over the final 18 seconds, but Miami drained 5-of-6 free throws over that stretch to secure the five-point win.
Jehvon Clarke scored 22 points for the Falcons to lead all players.
After playing five of its last seven on the road, Miami returns home for a pair of games beginning with a 7 p.m. game against the Toledo Rockets on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Prior to the game as part of the Armstrong Student Center Grand Opening Celebration, Miami Athletics and the Red & White Club will host a reception at the Armstrong Center from 5-6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. (More Information) At halftime of the game, the fan-favorite Kings Firecrackers jump rope team will perform. Get your tickets today for an exciting week of Miami Basketball by visiting or calling the Miami Athletics Ticket office at 513-529-4329 or clicking here.