OXFORD, Ohio—Sophomore guard Willie Moore poured in a career high 24 points to lead all scorers, but is was not enough as the Miami University men’s basketball team dropped an 82-76 overtime decision to Ohio on Saturday afternoon inside Millett Hall.
The RedHawks (12-17; 8-10 Mid-American Conference) rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to seize a six-point lead just under four minutes into the second half. Miami was scoreless over the final 3:34 of regulation and had two costly misses from the free throw line in the final 20 seconds of regulation, both one-and-one opportunities, that allowed the Bobcats (21-10; 11-7 MAC) to come back and force overtime.
Miami used an 8-0 run, fueled by four points apiece from Moore and junior guard Will Sullivan, to take an 8-3 lead by the 17:01 mark. A 3-pointer by Ohio’s Travis Wilkins at the 13:29 mark handed the Bobcats a 16-14 lead. They extended their advantage to seven points by the 9:11 mark, but Miami began to chisel away.
A triple by Moore and a bucket by freshman guard Jaryd Eustace put the RedHawks within two with 5:37 to go in the opening half, 27-25. Miami knotted the game at 30-30 off a senior guard Quinten Rollins layup with 1:44 to go, but the Bobcats went on a 7-0 flurry to take a sizable lead with 20 seconds to go. Moore completed a three-point play with one second left and stole the Ohio in-bounds pass, but a quick 3-point attempt was just off the mark, leaving the Red and White trailing four at the intermission, 37-34.
Ohio pushed its lead to six in the opening minute of the second half, but Miami staged a 14-2 surge—sparked by a pair of Moore 3-pointers and two Rollins field goals—to jump out to a six-point lead by the 16:18 mark. Two freshman forward Joshua Oswald free throws at 10:06 gave Miami its last six-point lead, 57-51.
The Bobcats cut the MU lead to one with 5:14 to go and again at the 4:24 mark, but a Sullivan layup and a pair of free throws by senior forward Will Felder extended the Miami lead to five, 68-63, with 3:34 to go. The Bobcats closed regulation on a 5-0 run that included a Maruice Ndour layup with three seconds remaining. Ohio nearly pulled out a remarkable win in regulation when Nick Kellogg came up with a steal on the in-bounds pass with less than a second to play, and drained a triple, but was out of bounds on the shot.
Miami was outscored 14-8 in the extra frame.
Joining Moore in double figures were Rollins (12) and Sullivan (12). Rollins added seven rebounds and six assists.
Ndour and Willis Javarez scored 15 points apiece to lead the Bobcats in scoring.
With the loss, Miami will now be either the seventh or eighth seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Stay tuned to MURedHawks.com for more details as they become available. The RedHawks secured a home game with the Kent State loss to Akron on Friday and will host a first-round tournament game on Monday night at 7 p.m.
Tickets for Monday’s game will be $5 up until 6 p.m. on gameday and can be purchased by clicking HERE. The ticket office will be open during normal business hours and 1-3 p.m. on Sunday for those that would rather order tickets by phone (513-529-4295). Tickets purchased past 6 p.m. on Monday will be $10.