LOUISVILLE- On the road against No. 2 Louisville, the Miami University men's basketball team fell by a score of 80-39. Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight and junior forward Bill Edwards led the RedHawks with seven points apiece. The Cardinals' Russ Smith led all scorers with 23 points.
After forcing 32 turnovers against Grambling State in their last game, the RedHawks again were able to force their opponent to make mistakes. Louisville surrendered a season-high 14 turnovers, and the RedHawks recorded seven steals.
Miami took an early 7-4 lead spearheaded by Edwards' five points, but Louisville's Wayne Blackshear quickly answered with a 3-pointer to tie the game. The Cardinals then took a two-point advantage until freshman guard Reggie Johnson hit a jumper to tie the game at 10-10 with just over 13 minutes left in the half. Louisville center Gorgui Dieng made one from inside to give his team back the lead, and the Cardinals never looked back from there.
Dieng's basket was the beginning of a 10-0 run that put Louisville on top 20-10 with 10:00 until halftime. Junior forward Jon Harris laid one in to break the streak, but the Cardinals answered with 13 unanswered points to push their lead to 33-12. It was Harris again who broke Louisville's scoring streak, this time from the free-throw line. Entering halftime, the RedHawks found themselves trailing 39-17.
The momentum Louisville had at the end of the first half followed the team into the second half, propelling the Cardinals to 10 straight points and a 49-17 lead. Nearly three minutes into the half, Edwards knocked down a three to put Miami on the board for the first time in the half. Eight more Louisville points were followed by back-to-back baskets from junior guard Quinten Rollins and McKnight to make the score 57-24 at the 13:36 mark.
Those two RedHawk baskets were followed by yet another Louisville scoring run, this one 15 points, to push the Cardinal lead to 48, putting the score at 72-24. Miami found some fight and rattled off a 9-3 run, but the RedHawks ended up falling by a score of 80-39, giving the program its worst loss since 1980.
The RedHawks were stymied by 19 turnovers, had six assists and struggled from the field. It was the first time since February 2002 that Miami did not produce a double figure scorer.
Miami continues a three-game, seven-day stretch when it travels to William & Mary for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 21.