MIAMI: Buffalo Tops RedHawks, 84-74
February 26, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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BUFFALO--Despite a 33-33 halftime deadlock, Miami University's men's basketball dropped a hard-fought 84-74 game at Buffalo on Saturday afternoon. Senior forward Julian Mavunga tallied 20 points, while sophomore forward Jon Harris tallied 16 points and freshman guard Brian Sullivan collected 14 points.
Harris and Brian Sullivan combined for eight of the RedHawks' nine 3-pointers for the game, and Sullivan added a career-high six rebounds to his stat line. Mavunga and junior center Vince Legarza teamed up for 10 of Miami's 15 assists with five apiece, which was a career most for Legarza.
Sophomore guard Quinten Rollins led the all players with a career-high-tying seven rebounds and chipped in nine points.
Buffalo led by as many as four in the first nine minutes of the game. Trailing 15-11, Miami collected its next five field goals from beyond the arc with Brian Sullivan drilling the first two and Harris draining the final three. Despite the 3-point barrage, Miami led by just one on Harris' last 3-pointer which ignited an 8-0 Miami run that lifted the `Hawks to a 31-25 lead with 3:39 remaining in the half.
Miami led by five with 1:49 left in the opening stanza, 33-28, but a Zach Filzen triple and a Cameron Downing layup evened the game at 33-33 going into the half.
The RedHawks opened up a five-point lead in the second half off a Rollins free throw at the 16:54 mark, 41-36. A Legarza jumper at 16:54 again put the RedHawks up five, 43-38, while a Rollins jumper gave Miami back a five-point edge with 16:00 remaining, 45-40. The Bulls ratted off six unanswered points to claim a 46-45 edge with 13:58 to play. Miami led by three with 11:43 to play, 51-48, but the Bulls went on a 9-0 run to capture a 57-51 lead with 10:13 remaining and never looked back.
Miami closed within three with 6:05 left off a Mavunga layup, 63-60, but Buffalo extended its lead to double figures. A triple by Harris followed by a freshman guard Will Sullivan steal under Miami's bucket where he sunk a pair of free throws after a foul on his field goal attempt following the steal put Miami within seven with 26 seconds remaining, 81-74. The Bulls connected on one of two free-throw attempts with seven seconds left and scored on a late layup with two seconds left to push their lead back to double figures.
Mitchell Watt led all players with 28 points, while Jarod Oldham handed out 10 assists for the Bulls.
Miami rounds out a two-game road stretch at Bowling Green on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.