OXFORD, Ohio -- In his first game back after more than a year following a knee injury, senior forward Bill Edwards poured in a career-high 24 points, but it was not enough as the Miami University men’s basketball team was edged by Western Michigan in overtime, 78-77, Saturday afternoon in Millett Hall. The loss drops the RedHawks to 5-8 overall and 1-1 in Mid-American Conference play, while the Broncos improve to 9-5 overall and 2-0 in MAC play.
Just nine minutes into the game Miami trailed 18-4 and 32-24 at the half. The RedHawks gained their first lead with 4:57 left in the contest when Edwards drilled a 3-point basket from the top of the key to give Miami a 60-58 advantage.
Moore erased a 65-63 deficit with 12 seconds remaining in regulation with a brilliant move to the hoop for an easy layup, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra session both teams exchanged several baskets before the Broncos took a 75-71 lead with two minutes remaining in the game. A Felder layup got Miami to within two, but WMU’s David Moore sunk a pair of free throws with just over a minute to go to once again extend WMU’s lead to four, 77-73.
Moore added a layup with 50 seconds remaining, and, following a defensive stop, Edwards drilled a jumper to knot the score at 77-77 with 6.4 seconds remaining. WMU’s Moore got fouled on a drive to the hoop and converted on 1-of-2 free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to secure the Bronco victory.
WMU’s David Brown led all scorers with 25 points, while Connar Tava added 22.
Miami was 27-of-62 (43.5 percent) from the field and 17-of-18 from the foul line, while Western Michigan was 23-of-41 (56.1 percent) from the floor and 24-of-27 from the charity stripe.
The RedHawks committed just six turnovers in 45 minutes of action, compared to the Broncos’ 16. Both teams finished with 28 rebounds. Miami also had advantages in steals (12-1), assists (16-13) and bench points (35-10).
Moore led Miami with four steals, but senior guard Quinten Rollins snagged three steals to move within one steal of Miami's No. 2 career steal total of 175. Rollins sits at No. 3 on the Miami career steal list with 174.
Miami returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in a trip to Akron. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.