Miami hosts Wright State
Sunday, December 15 - 2 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS HOST WRIGHT STATE SUNDAY: Miami returns to Millett Hall to host local-rival Wright State on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. After a thrilling 94-87 come-from-behind win over IPFW in their last home game, the RedHawks are coming off a 78-65 loss at Evansville on Dec. 7. Wright State, which touts a 5-6 record, has lost its last three and is looking for its first road win of the season.
McFRIENDS AND FAMILY PACKAGE AVAILABLE DECEMBER 15: Sunday, 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.
RIVALRY PACKAGE: Miami Athletics is offering a four-game "Rivalry Pack" which features tickets to games versus in-state rivals Wright State (Dec. 15), Kent State (Feb. 19), Akron (Feb. 26) and Ohio (March 7 or 8) for just $48, but this ticket package is offered for a limited time. Call the Miami Athletic Ticket Office at 513-529-4295 or order online through MURedHawks.com by Dec. 15.
ROARING 20s: Three times this season, sophomore guard Reggie Johnson has eclipsed the 20-point scoring mark. In Miami’s first two games, Johnson set career scoring highs. In Miami’s season opener, Johnson led the RedHawks at No. 21/22 Notre Dame with 22 points. He then 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. At Evansville on Dec. 7, Johnson amassed 21 points to lead the RedHawks. Johnson has recorded 20 or more points five times in his career.
LENDING A HELPING HAND: In addition to his 21 points at Evansville, sophomore guard Reggie Johnson also dished out a career-high 8 assists, contributing to 39 of the RedHawks’ 65 points, which was 60 percent of Miami’s scoring against the Puple Aces.
McKNIGHT DOING DOUBLE TIME: Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight has scored in double figures in five of the RedHawks’ six games this season and is averaging 10.2 ppg for the RedHawks. McKnight has scored a career-high 13 points three times this season, hitting the mark at Notre Dame (Nov. 8), vs. IPFW (Dec. 3) and at Evansville (Dec. 7). He leads Miami in double-figure scoring games. McKnight made his way into the RedHawks’ staring lineup and has started Miami’s last four games.
ABOUT THE RAIDERS: Wright State enters Sunday’s game with a 5-6 record but has lost its last three. The Raiders are undefeated at home (4-0) and at neutral sites (1-0) but are looking for their first road win of the season (0-6). AJ Pacher leads the team, averaging 11.4 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Pacher is shooting a scorching 73.8 percent from the field this season. Two other Raiders average double figures in scoring with Miles Dixon and JT Yoho averaging 10.3 and 10.0 ppg, respectively.
THE SERIES WITH WRIGHT STATE: Sunday marks the 29th meeting between Miami and Wright State with the RedHawks holding a 17-11 lead in the all-time series, however, WSU has won the last three meetings. The RedHawks’ last win against Wright State also was their last win against the Raiders in Oxford, a thrilling 56-55 triumph on Dec. 13, 2009. Miami is 10-5 when playing the Raiders in Millett Hall.
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 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).
WILL POWER: Miami had a lot of "Will" power in its 94-87 win over IPFW on Dec. 3. 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.
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.
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.
DOUBLE DUTY: 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.
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.
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 four games, Oswald is averaging 6.80 ppg and 4.3 rpg.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami ties for second in the MAC in steals, averaging 9.0 steals per game. Three RedHawks rank among MAC statistical leaders in steals, led by senior guard Quinten Rollins’ 2.3 spg, which ranks second. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ties for fourth (2.0 spg), while sophomore guard Reggie Johnson ties for 15th (1.3 spg).
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.
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.
TURNING 109: Miami’s game at Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 8, marked the start of the 109th season of Miami University Basketball.
HONORING COLES: This season, the Miami University men’s basketball team will wear a special patch on both its home and road uniforms to honor the memory of long-time Miami head coach and 1965 alumnus Charlie Coles. The circular black patch has the initials CC in white. Coach Coles, who spent 16 years at the helm of the RedHawk program, is Miami’s all-time leader in wins and is the Mid-American Conference record holder for career conference wins. Coach Coles retired on March 5, 2012, following the RedHawks’ last game of the season. He passed away on June 7, 2013, at the age of 71.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Be Miami’s second straight home win.
• Be the RedHawks’ 1300th win in program history.
• Give Miami its first win against Wright State since December 2009.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Snap Wright State’s three-game losing skid.
• Be the RedHawks’ second straight loss.
• Be the fourth straight win in the series for the Raiders.