EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Miami allowed 7-0 and 10-0 runs in the first half and never recovered Wednesday night, suffering a 94-68 loss to Evansville (5-3) at the Ford Center. Junior guard Allen Roberts led three RedHawks (3-4) in double figures with 15 points.
Miami came back and shot 65.2 percent from the floor in the second half, including 66.7 percent from long-range, but a 35.7 percent first-half effort and a hot-shooting Evansville team that hit 63.2 percent from the floor for the game and 77.8 percent from 3-point range was too much to overcome.
The RedHawks held two early leads and trailed just four points,18-14, after a Roberts trey at the 9:37 mark, but a 14-2 run by the Purple Aces over the next four minutes pushed the Evansville lead to 16 points, 32-16. The Purple Aces used a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 23 points with 41 second left in the opening half, 46-23. Junior guard Josh Sewell knocked down a triple with 20 seconds remaining to cut the Evansville lead to 20 points at the half, 46-26.
Miami was able to close within 15 with 12:56 to play in the second half, 60-45, off a Sewell layup, a junior forward Jon Harris dunk and a pair of free throws from Sewell. That was as close as the RedHawks would get as Evansville went on to collect the 26-point win.
Evansville's Colt Ryan led all players with 18 points and eight assists.
Miami returns to the court on Saturday night, traveling to Dayton for an 8 p.m. game.