NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Four RedHawks scored in double figures, led by junior guard Will Sullivan’s 21 points, as Miami University’s men’s basketball team captured a 79-64 win at Tennessee State on Saturday evening. It was the first road win for the RedHawks (3-6) this season.
It was the second 20-point scoring effort for Sullivan in the last five and two off his career high. Freshman forward Joshua Oswald added career highs of 11 points and a game-best 11 rebounds, while senior forward Will Felder amassed 19 points and three blocked shots, and freshman guard Jaryd Eustace chipped in a career-high 13 points.
Miami shot a season-high 56.5 percent from the field against the Tigers, including a 57.1 percent effort in the opening half. After a combined 41 turnovers over its last two games, the RedHawks committed just 10 turnovers against TSU, with a mere two turnovers coming in the first half.
After TSU (1-12) built a 13-8 lead, Miami used a 9-0 run, bolstered by four points from Felder, to take a 17-13 advantage with 12:33 to go in the first half. The Tigers came back with an 8-0 flurry to post a 21-17 edge at the 10:21 mark. A Sullivan triple at 5:02 gave Miami a 26-24 lead, and the RedHawks never looked back. Miami was able to push its advantage to 30-37 off a Eustace triple with 44 seconds left and carried a five-point advantage going into the intermission after a TSU jumper with 12 seconds remaining, 37-32.
The Tigers trimmed the Miami lead to two at the 17:21 mark of the second half, but Miami staged an 8-0 run to push its advantage to double figures by the 15:11 mark, 45-35. A Sullivan layup at 7:12 furthered the RedHawk lead to 15 points, 63-48, and Miami led by 15 three more times, including the final tally.
TSU’s Patrick Miller led all scorers with 26 points.
Miami has eight days off before it returns home to host Southern Illinois at 3:30 p.m. in the second game of a doubleheader at Millett Hall with the Miami women’s team hosting Cleveland State at 1 p.m.