OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami RedHawks used a 15-0 run over a 2:23 period in the second half after Wilmington College took a 55-54 lead to break open the game and seize an 84-67 victory Sunday afternoon. The RedHawks improve to 5-6 on the season, while the Quakers fall to 4-8.
For the second straight game, Miami's shooting from behind the arc was the difference. The Red and White shot 48 percent (12-for-25) from 3-point range, with the 12 treys made being a season-high.
Three-pointers from Roberts and Johnson were part of a fast start that saw Miami jump to an 11-6 advantage. Wilmington fought back with a 16-9 run to take a 22-20 lead with 11:36 to go in the half. The lead was be short lived as back-to-back 3-pointers from Johnson and junior forward Jon Harris helped Miami go in front, 28-24, with 8:51 to go.
Another 3-pointer from Johnson, along with a dunk by junior forward Will Felder and a jumper from sophomore guard Will Sullivan gave the RedHawks their largest lead of the half at 35-27 at the 2:46 mark. The Quakers fought back and closed the frame on a 7-1 run to cut the halftime deficit to two, 36-34.
Johnson led Miami with nine points in the first half, while the 'Hawks had seven 3-point baskets in the period.
Wilmington reclaimed the advantage with a 3-pointer to begin the second half. The lead changed hands five more times before a trey from Brandon Candella put the Quakers up 55-54 with 12:46 remaining in the contest. Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight answered right back with a jumper, while Felder hit a pair of jumpers as part of a 15-0 run that gave Miami a 69-55 advantage at the 9:53 mark. The RedHawks eventually pushed the advantage to 23 at 84-61 before coasting to the 84-67 win.
Miami finished the game shooting 48.1 percent (25-for-52). In addition to Roberts' and Johnson's 16 apiece, Felder finished with 12, while Sullivan and Harris each had 10. The RedHawks had 19 assists, led by junior guard Quinten Rollins with seven. Candella led the Quakers with 16 points.
The RedHawks return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 2 when they host Massachusetts at 7 p.m.