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Miami defeats Wright State in overtime

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OXFORD, Ohio- The Miami University men’s basketball team used clutch free-throw shooting and timely three-pointers to pull out an exciting 73-67 overtime victory over Wright State in the team’s home opener. With the win, the Red and White improve to 2-0 on the young season.

Facing an eight-point deficit with less than four minutes to play, Miami completed a furious comeback with two free throws from junior Darrian Ringo with 14 seconds remaining to force overtime. In OT, senior Rod Mills Jr. drained a pair of three-pointers, and the RedHawk defense held stout to close out the win.

Miami jumped out to a 9-4 lead to start the contest, highlighted by a Ringo steal and breakaway layup and a Bam Bowman three-pointer just before the first media timeout. The Raiders would storm back, and forced a Miami timeout at 10:02 in the first half after taking a 18-16 advantage. The Wright State lead would grow to as much as five, but back-to-back triples by Nike Sibande and Jake Wright would put the ‘Hawks back ahead at 26-25 with 5:59 left to play.

The rest of the period would continue in back-and-forth fashion, but Miami would grab a 37-33 halftime lead courtesy of an electrifying Jalen Adaway dunk as the first-half buzzer sounded.

The RedHawks and Raiders would continue to trade buckets in the opening minutes of the second frame. Bowman’s second three-pointer of the game and an Adaway basket off of another Ringo steal would keep the RedHawks on top, 42-40, with 16:18 remaining. Miami would threaten to build its lead, and pushed it to five with a Sibande three-point play at 11:30. However, Wright State bounced right back, and used a 9-0 run to go ahead 53-49 with 7:08 remaining.

The Raiders would go ahead by as many as eight, but Sibande trimmed the deficit to 61-56 at the under-four timeout with an off-the-dribble three-ball. Mills followed this up with a three of his own, and the Wright State advantage was cut to two. Ringo then tied the contest at 61 with a transition layup at 1:27. The Raiders split a pair of free throws to go back up by one, and a Mills three-pointer went in-and-out to give possession back to Wright State with 32 seconds on the clock. Another free throw made it 63-61, and the RedHawks found themselves with a chance to tie or go ahead. Ringo drew a foul after a hard drive to the basket, and dropped both free throws to knot things up with 14 seconds remaining. The Miami defense then held strong on the next possession, and regulation ended with the score 63-63.

Miami would strike first in the extra period with another Mills three, but the Raiders answered right back with one of their own. Mills would stay hot, and brought the Millett crowd to its feet with another long-range bomb from nearly the same spot on the floor. After both teams took trips to the charity stripe and made one-of-two, the RedHawks found themselves ahead 70-67 with 1:38 to play. A few huge defensive stands held the lead, and Ringo and Sibande iced the game with free throws to give Miami the 73-67 victory.

Sibande led all RedHawk scorers with 17, including four three-pointers. Ringo recorded an unconventional double-double, scoring 10 points while also dishing out 10 assists. Mills and Wright had nine points apiece, with each making three triples. Senior Logan McLane was the ‘Hawks leading rebounder, pulling down nine boards.

The RedHawks are back in action on Friday, when they take on LIU Brooklyn in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Jamaica Classic contest is slated for an 8:30 pm tip-off. It will air on CBS Sports Network on a tape delay at midnight on Saturday morning.

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