No. 12 Hoosiers pull away from RedHawks
INDIANA 86, MIAMI 56
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind -- Mekhi Lairy and Julian Lewis scored 12 points apiece to lead Miami, but the RedHawks fell to No. 12 Indiana 86-56 Sunday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
It was the third straight loss in six days for Miami (1-4), which fell to Marshall and Georgia earlier in the week. Indiana (4-0) is undefeated through four games, with its only encounter coming Friday against Xavier. That was an 81-79 win.
Miami shot 32.4 percent from the field overall and 29.4 percent from long distance. The RedHawks had just five opportunities at the foul line and made two.
Indiana, on the other hand, connected on 17-of-24 charity tosses. The Hoosiers shot 49.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent beyond the arc. They were able to turn 14 MU turnovers into 27 points and scored 42 points in the paint.
Miami enjoyed two brief leads - each by one point. The last was at 11:01 of the first half following a bucket by Lairy to put MU in front 12-11.
Indiana moved back in front, but the RedHawks were still within one (21-20) with 7:43 remaining before intermission. The Hoosiers then went on a 22-6 run to finish the period.
After leading by 17 (43-26) at the break, Indiana expanded its lead to as many as 32 points in the final stanza.
Editor-Publisher Mike Smith
Mike grew up in Mid-American Conference football and basketball territory and returned there after military service. He has been covering MAC football and men's basketball for much of the last several decades.