CLEVELAND-The Miami University men's basketball team dropped a 58-47 decision to Eastern Michigan in the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Wednesday evening. The RedHawks finish the season at 9-22, while the Eagles improve to 16-17 and advance to the MAC Quarterfinals.
A layup by senior center Vince Legarza and triples from Harris and Felder helped Miami jump out to an 8-5 lead by the 15:42 mark. The RedHawks took a 10-5 lead off an impressive layup by freshman guard Reggie Johnson at 10:53. Eastern Michigan went on a 9-0 surge to capture a 14-10 lead with 7:27 to go in the opening half.
Junior guard Josh Sewell tossed in a layup as the shot clock expired to halt the Eagle flurry and make the score 14-12 at 6:46. After the Eagles took a 16-12 lead at 5:55, a free throw from junior guard Quinten Rollins and a triple from junior guard Allen Roberts knotted the game at 16 apiece with 5:17 to go in the first. Eastern Michigan pulled out to 22-17 lead by the 3:51 mark, but two Roberts free throws and a long Felder trey from the top of the key as the shot clock expired tied the game at 22-22 with 1:37 to go in the half.
EMU reclaimed the lead with a 3-pointer from Daylen Harrison at the 1:10 mark, but Harris fired right back with a triple with 40 seconds to go to again tie the score, 25-25. Derek Thompson sunk a trey with four seconds left to send Eastern Michigan into the half with a 28-25 lead.
The Eagles scored five unanswered to open the second half and push their lead to eight, 33-25. Layups by Rollins and Felder put the RedHawks within four with 16:48 to go, 33-29. EMU used a 7-0 spurt to extend its lead to 40-29 by the 13:43 mark.
Johnson sunk one of two free-throw attempts at 9:38 to give Miami its first points in more than seven minutes. Johnson then drained a 3-pointer at 6:25 to give Miami its first field goal since the 16:48 mark and make the score 43-33 in favor of the Eagles.
A jumper and a free throw from Felder made it 47-36 with 3:26 to go. Eastern Michigan would keep the RedHawks without a field goal for nearly two minutes until Felder hit a jumper that made it 51-40 at the 1:44 mark. That would be Miami's last point as Eagles went on to take the 52-40 victory.
Miami shot 14-for-40 (35.0 percent) for the contest, including 7-for-20 (35.0 percent) from behind the arc. EMU shot 19-for-44 (43.2 percent) for the game, and outrebounded the 'Hawks, 31-24.