OXFORD, Ohio - First-year Miami University men's basketball coach John Cooper earned a 73-64 victory in his RedHawk coaching debut against Maryville (Mo.) in the team's only exhibition game of the 2012-13 season Wednesday night at Millett Hall.
Miami opens the regular season against No. 6 NC State Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
The RedHawks' newly installed press defense forced the visiting Saints into 21 turnovers, which helped Miami dig out of an early 18-10 hole with nine minutes left in the first half. The RedHawks were able to convert the Saints' turnovers into 20 points for the home team. MU finished with 12 steals and two blocks.
"Our press was able to affect them in spurts and we were able to get on some runs," Cooper said.
Junior forward Will Felder led the RedHawks in scoring with 15 points and added a game-best nine rebounds. He finished 6-of-12 from the field.
Junior guard Allen Roberts and junior center Drew McGhee both scored 10 points apiece, while junior guard Quinten Rollins added five assists and five steals, while committing just one turnover in 33 minutes of action. In total 11 of the RedHawks' 13 players saw action.
"We are going to play a lot of people," Cooper said. "We have to have depth."
The Saints led for much of the first half, but the RedHawks went on a 15-2 flurry over the final 3:38 of the opening stanza.
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson knocked down a trey, while McGhee chipped in four points during the scoring surge. Junior guard Josh Sewell, who finished with eight points, hit a three as time expired in the first half to give Miami a 33-24 lead at the break.
Maryville knotted the game with 8:50 to play, 58-58, but the RedHawks finished the game on a 15-6 run to seal the win. A Roberts' 3-pointer pushed Miami ahead for good. Felder, Roberts and Rollins accounted for all of the RedHawks' scoring to round out the game.
The Saints were led by Armon Provo, who had a game-high 16 points. Trae Pemberton added 14 points, while Asa Toney chipped in 10 points. Max Mischkulnig led Maryville with seven boards.
The RedHawks shot 44.8 percent from the field (26-of-58) for the game and were 18-for-28 from the charity stripe. The Saints shot 45.5 percent and were 6-of-10 from the line.