OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University men’s basketball team fell 65-63 to Wilmington College on Saturday afternoon inside Millett Hall. The teams exchanged leads throughout the game before the Quakers went on an 18-4 run down the final stretch to capture the upset victory.
Miami came out of the gate strong, posting an 8-0 run to start the game. Senior forward Will Felder capped off that run with a slam dunk with 17:48 remaining in the first half.
The two sides exchanged points for the next several minutes until Miami led 17-12 with 14:07 remaining in the first half. Miami went on a 9-0 run after that, sparked by a three-pointer and two made free-throws from freshman forward Joshua Oswald.
Over the remainder of the first half, the Quakers stuck around the RedHawks due primarily to their strong perimeter shooting. Wilmington made seven 3-pointers during the final 10 minutes of the first half.
Over the span of about three minutes, Wilmington had a 13-0 run that tied the game at 39 apiece with 1:31 remaining in the first half. Senior guard Quinten Rollins then made a layup to send the RedHawks into halftime with a narrow 41-39 advantage.
Both teams traded points as the second half began until Wilmington took their first lead of the game with the score set at 47-45 with 15:32 remaining in the contest.
Miami immediately took control of the game, going on a 14-0 scoring spree to gain a 59-47 RedHawk lead. Felder notched six points during that span.
Wilmington responded with a 16-3 run to give them a one-point lead over the Red and White. With time winding down, the RedHawks were forced to foul. The Quakers made two throws and then fouled Miami’s Rollins. Rollins made one of two free throws to close within two of the Quakers. A last-second 3-point attempt from Will Felder did not go in and Wilmington preserved the win.
Felder notched the team’s first double-double of the season with his 19 points and 11 rebounds. Rollins matched career highs with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Rollins had five steals which marked the seventh time he has had five or more steals in a single game.
Miami returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 3 when they host IPFW. That contest tips off at 7 p.m. inside Millett Hall.