Miami Opens MAC Play with 77-72 Win Over BGSU

By Published: 1/3/2018 6:48:51 AM Custom Tag

Courtesy: Michael Roth
Assistant Athletic Communications Director

Dalonte Brown scores 16 points and brings in career-high 17 rebounds

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Miami University men’s basketball team got contributions from everyone on the floor, while a monster game from freshman forward and Toledo native Dalonte Brown helped lead the RedHawks to a 77-72 victory over Bowling Green in their Mid-American Conference opener on Tuesday. Miami improves to 8-6 overall and 1-0 in the MAC. The Falcons fall to 9-5 overall and 0-1 in the MAC.

Brown finished with a RedHawk high 16 points in 28 minutes of action. He also brought in 17 rebounds. Miami dominated the glass throughout the contest, finishing with a 45-36 rebounding advantage.

Bowling Green jumped to a 7-0 in the first three minutes of the game. Redshirt junior Jake Wright got the Red and White on the board with a three-pointer. The Falcons built the advantage up to 12-6, but back-to-back triples from senior forward Rod Mills Jr. and sophomore forward Bam Bowman tied the score at 12 with 11:31 left in the first half.

BGSU regained a five-point advantage before layups from senior forward Logan McLane and junior guard Darrian Ringo, followed by a three-pointer from Brown gave Miami its first lead at 19-17. Three-pointers from Wright and freshman guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands helped the ‘Hawks keep the lead at 28-26. Tied at 28, a triple from Mills put Miami in front for good. Ringo had a couple more layups, while Brown hit a jumper with six seconds remaining to help send the RedHawks into the break with a 39-34 lead.

All nine Miami players who entered the game in the first half scored. The Red and White shot 42.4 percent (14-for-33) from the field during the period, including an impressive 7-for-12 (58.3 percent) from behind the arc.

Brown opened the scoring in the second half with another three-pointer. On the next possession, Ringo stole the ball and found Brown streaking down the lane for an uncontested dunk that made it 44-34 and forced a Falcon timeout. Out of the break, freshman guard Nike Sibande hit a triple that gave Miami its largest advantage at 47-34 with 17:18 remaining the contest.

Bowling Green chipped into the lead with a 13-4 run over the next five minutes that pulled it to within four at 51-47 at the 12:17 mark. McLane kept the ‘Hawks on top with a pair of dunks before a three-pointer from the Falcons cut the deficit to 55-52. Each time BGSU challenged the RedHawks would answer as this time back-to-back layups from Brown and Mills made it 59-52 with 8:02 to go.

The Falcons pushed back again, closing to within two at 59-57. A key layup from Mills started another RedHawk answer, while another steal from Ringo and dunk by Brown capped an 8-1 run that gave Miami a 67-58 advantage at the 4:10 mark. That proved to be the daggers as the Red and White went 8-for-10 down the stretch from the line to seal the 77-72 win.

Miami shot 45.0 percent (27-for-60) for the contest, including 9-for-24 (37.5 percent) from behind the arc. Mills had 12 points for the RedHawks, while Ringo had 11 points, seven assists and four steals before fouling out late. Sibande had 10 points for Miami, including five clutch free throws in the final three minutes.

Bowling Green was led by Demajeo Wiggins with 18 points.

The RedHawks return home Saturday for One Miami Day when they take on Western Michigan at 3:30 p.m. It is part of a tripleheader that will see the women’s basketball team take on Central Michigan at 1 p.m. and the hockey team face Denver in Steve Cady Arena at 7:05 p.m. Both basketball games will air live on ESPN3.

Published: 1/3/2018 6:48:51 AM Custom Tag