Miami at Evansville
Saturday, December 7 - 2:05 p.m. (ET)
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
Live Audio Stream: Miami All-Access (subscription) on www.MURedHawks.com
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS TRAVEL TO EVANSVILLE FOR SATURDAY GAME: Miami University’s men’s basketball team hits the road for a 2:05 p.m. (ET) game at Evansville on Saturday, Dec. 7. The RedHawks are coming off a gritty 94-87 come-from-behind win against IPFW on Tuesday and try to continue the momentum on Saturday. Miami, however, faces an Evansville team that is 4-0 at home but has lost its last three games.
WILL POWER: Miami had a lot of "Will" power in its 94-87 win over IPFW on Tuesday. Senior forward Will Felder amassed a Miami career-high 26 points, 22 coming in the second half, while junior guard Will Sullivan poured in a career-high 23 points, including a second-half scoring flurry of 13 consecutive points that gave Miami its first lead of the game. Sullivan missed just one field goal against the Mastodons, going 8-for-9 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
McLIMANS LEAVES MIAMI BASKETBALL PROGRAM: Senior center Blake McLimans (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg/Michigan) has voluntarily left the Miami University men’s basketball program due to an illness in the family and will not compete for the rest of the 2013-14 season.
ABOUT THE PURPLE ACES: Evansville enters Saturday’s game with a 5-3 record but has lost its last three—all on the road—including a 65-63 loss at Murray State on Wednesday. D.J. Balentine leads the Purple Aces, averaging an impressive 25.3 ppg to rank third nationally in scoring. Balentine has knocked down 18 of the Purple Aces’ 37 treys this season and is shooting a scorching 91.7 percent from the free-throw line, sinking 66-of-72 attmpts. Adam Wing is the other player to score in double figures at 10.8 ppg. Egidiju Mockevicius averages a team-leading 5.4 rpg, while Duane Gibson averages 5.2 apg.
THE SERIES WITH EVANSVILLE: Saturday marks the 14th meeting between Miami and Evansville with the Purple Aces holding a 9-4 lead in the all-time series, having won the last two meetings. When playing in Evansville, the Purple Aces own a 6-1 advantage. The teams met last year with Evansville notching a 94-68 win in the Ford Center. Miami’s last win in the series cam on Nov. 28, 2009 in Millett Hall, 82-58. The RedHawks’ lone win at Evansville was on Dec. 28, 1974, 79-68.
UP NEXT: Miami has eight days off before returning to Millett Hall to host local rival Wright State at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. The RedHawks begin a two-game road swing at UMKC at 8 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, Dec. 18 before heading to Tennessee State for an 8 p.m. (ET) game on Saturday, Dec. 21. Miami rounds out the 2013 calendar year, hosting Southern Illinois at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 in the second game of a doubleheader at Millett Hall.
McFRIENDS AND FAMILY PACKAGE AVAILABLE DECEMBER 15: Saturday, Dec. 15 is the next date fans have the opportunity to take advantage of the McFriends and Family ticket package, which includes four game tickets and four McDonald’s extra value meal vouchers for just $40. This offer is not available on game day and must be pre-purchased by calling the Miami Athletic Ticket Office at 513-529-4295 or through MURedHawks.com.
MIAMI SPORTS NETWORK FROM IMG COLLEGE: In its seventh year of its partnership with IMG College, the Miami Sports Network from IMG College continues its coverage of Miami men’s basketball with a group of affiliates blanketing most of Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana. "The Voice of the RedHawks" Steve Baker delivers the play-by-play coverage, while Terry Bridge provides color commentary. Tune in to one of Miami’s game-day affiliates: WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, OH), WFMG-FM 101.3 (Richmond, IN), WDBZ-AM 1230 (Cincinnati, OH), WONE 980 (Dayton, OH), MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
MOST POINTS IN FIVE YEARS: Miami’s 94 points against IPFW was the first time the RedHawks have scored 90 points in regulation as well as the most points they have scored since a 94-66 win against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008.
SULLIVAN LEADS MAC: Bolstered by a 4-for-5 shooting performance against IPFW, junior guard Will Sullivan catapulted to the top of the MAC standings for 3-point field goal percentage. Sullivan has hit 62.5 percent of his long-range shots this season.
NIFTY FIFTIES: Miami scored 58 second-half points against the IPFW. It was the best scoring output in a half by the RedHawks since tallying 59 points in the second half against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008. It was the second time in the John Cooper era that the RedHawks have surpassed 50 points in a half, recording 53 points in the second half versus Grambling State on Nov. 13, 2012.
20/20 VISION: In Miami’s first two games, sophomore guard Reggie Johnson eclipsed the 20-point mark and set career scoring highs. Johnson poured in 24 points at Arizona State to lead all players. He knocked down 9-of-16 field goals, also a career-high for Johnson. In Miami’s season opener, Johnson led the RedHawks at No. 21/22 Notre Dame with 22 points. Johnson has recorded 20 or more points four times in his career.
DOUBLE TIME: Senior forward Will Felder notched his first double-double of the season and third of his Miami career with 19 points and 11 rebounds against Wilmington on Nov. 23. Six of Felder’s rebounds came on the offensive glass.
McKNIGHT ON THE MOVE: Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight scored in double figures for the fourth time in five games with a career-high-tying 13 points against IPFW in just 17 minutes of action due to foul trouble. McKnight has started Miami’s last three games.
ROLLINS TIES CAREER HIGHS: Senior guard Quinten Rollins tied career highs of 18 points and seven rebounds against Wilmington on Nov. 23. He tallied four assists and added five steals to his output against the Quakers. It was the seventh time in his career he amassed five or more steals.
STEALING THE SHOW: In addition to his game-high 24 points at Arizona State, sophomore guard Reggie Johnson also tied a career high with five steals. Johnson notched five of Miami’s eight steals for the game, and he equaled the Sun Devils’ total team output.
OSWALD PICKING UP PACE: Freshman forward Joshua Oswald scored his first points of the season at Xavier on Nov. 20. Oswald went 2-for-2 from the field with both attempts coming from 3-point range, and added a pair of free throws to score eight points in just five minutes of action. Against Wilmington, Oswald notched seven points and a season-high seven rebounds, while totalling two blocked shots and two steals in 16 minutes of action. Against IPFW, making his first career start, Oswald notched nine points and six rebounds. Over the last three games, Oswald is averaging 8.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg.
EUSTACE MAKES QUICK START: Freshman guard Jaryd Eustace started for the RedHawks in his first collegiate game on Nov. 8 at Notre Dame. Eustace became the first freshman since Quinten Rollins in 2010-11 to earn a spot in the starting lineup in his first game as a RedHawk. He started the RedHawks’ first two games.
FIVE SCORE CAREER HIGHS: Behind a 94-point effort against IPFW, five of the eight RedHawks who saw action posted career scoring highs. Senior forward Will Felder led all scorers with 26 points, while junior guard Will Sullivan amassed 23 points. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight tied a career high with 13 points, while freshman forward Joshua Oswald chipped in nine points and freshman guard Jaryd Eustace added seven.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Be Miami’s second straight win.
• Be the RedHawks’ 1300th win in program history.
• Give Miami its first win at Evansville since Dec. 28, 1974.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Snap Evansville’s three-game losing skid.
• Be the RedHawks’ fourth road loss of the season.
• Give Evansville a 10-4 lead in the all-time series.