OXFORD, Ohio – In their first contest of a three-game homestand, the Miami University men’s basketball team lost to Kent State, 75-63. Senior forward Will Felder led the team with 23 points and was one of three RedHawk shooters who wound up in double digits.
Miami (9-15, 5-8 MAC) extended its losing streak to five games with the loss while Kent State (15-11, 6-7 MAC) brought its win streak to three in a row.
Coming out of the gate, both sides got off to a slow start with the score sitting at 2-2 after five minutes of play. As the first half went on, the Golden Flashes slowly widened their lead until they held a 21-11 advantage with 6:10 remaining in the first. The RedHawks answered with a 7-0 run to bring themselves within three points.
Over the rest of the first half, Kent State built on its lead before entering the locker room on top by a score of 28-22.
The second half brought more of the same for the RedHawks as Kent State began the half with a 21-9 run, putting Golden Flashes on top 49-31 with 13:30 left in the game. Kent State continued to control the rest of the game and eventually won by a 12-point margin.
Turnovers plagued the RedHawks all night as Miami committed 15 throughout the game. Miami’s perimeter defense also struggled, with the Golden Flashes knocking down 15 from beyond the arc.
Alongside Felder, sophomore guards Geovonie McKnight and Willie Moore found their way into double-digit scoring with 12 points apiece. Felder’s 23 points represented the fourth time this season he has surpassed the 20-point mark and the sixth time as a RedHawk.
Miami returns to action Sunday afternoon when Bowling Green comes to Millett Hall for a 2 p.m. tip-off. Wednesday’s game kicked off Miami Super Fan week, a five-day stretch that features five Miami home events including men’s basketball, women’s basketball and ice hockey.