DeKALB, Ill.—A 15-0 second-half Northern Illinois run was too much for the Miami University men’s basketball team to recover from on Tuesday evening at the NIU Convocation Center as the RedHawks (9-11; 5-4 Mid-American Conference) fell to the Huskies (10-11; 4-5 MAC), 53-41.
Freshman forward Joshua Oswald led the RedHawks with 10 points.
An early 8-0 run with four points from sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight and buckets from freshman guard Jaryd Eustace and sophomore guard Willie Moore sparked to the RedHawks to an early 15-5 lead with 12:13 to go in the opening half. A 5-0 spurt and an 8-0 flurry amidst a 13-4 surge for the Huskies closed the gap to one by the 5:09 mark, 19-18. A Moore layup and a pair of free throws from Eustace pushed Miami’s advantage to five points with 1:30 to go, 27-22, but the Huskies scored the final four points of the half to again close within one of the RedHawks, 27-26.
Moore paced all players at the half with nine points and six rebounds.
Oswald scored the RedHawks’ first eight points of the second half, knocking down a triple and putting in two layups and hitting one of two free throws. Junior guard Will Sullivan tossed in a layup at the 14:12 mark as Miami jumped out to a 37-28 lead on a 10-2 run to start the half.
Northern Illinois stormed back as Aaron Armstead hit back-to-back triples and added a layup. Travon Baker hit a 3-pointer at the 12:00 mark to give NIU its first lead of the game, 39-37. After two more Huskie baskets, a McKnight’s layup at 9:59 halted a 15-0 NIU run. NIU pushed its lead to double figures with 4:42 to go off an Aksel Bolin 3-pointer, 51-41, and never looked back.
Bolin, Baker and Armstead head 10 points apiece for the Huskies.
Miami continues a two-game road stretch at Ohio at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. The game against the Bobcats will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Network and ESPN3.
The RedHawks then return home for a Wednesday, Feb. 12 game against Buffalo. Those interested in purchasing tickets for Miami's final five home contests, including the game against the Bulls, can get the “MAC Pack” by clicking HERE.