Harris Lifts Miami to Comeback Win
Feb. 5, 2011
YPSILANTI, Mich.-- Freshman forward Jon Harris hit his a 3-pointer with just over a second left, completing a furious comeback that gave Miami a 58-56 win over Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Miami (11-12, 6-3 Mid-American Conference) trailed nine points with 1:42 to play, but Harris sunk a pair of treys and sophomore guard Allen Roberts completed a 3-point play to pull Miami within one point with 55 seconds remaining.
EMU (6-16; 3-6 MAC) miss a layup with 23 seconds left and Harris hauled in a critical defensive rebound to set the stage for the RedHawks. With just over a second to play, Harris drained his fourth 3-pointer of the game, all coming in the final 2:13 of the half, from the far corner to lift the RedHawks to their first and final lead of the game.
Eastern Michigan launched the ball inbounds across half court and Derek Thompson heaved the ball from long range, sinking the shot to put the RedHawk comeback in jeopardy. After official review, it was determined the shot left Thompson's hands after time expired as the RedHawks came away with the dramatic come-from-behind road win.
Miami trailed 29-15 at halftime after shooting just 19 percent in the first 20 minutes, and was down 20 points with 15:24 to play, 40-20. The RedHawks caught fire late, chiseling away at the Eagle lead. A 9-0 run from 10:10 to 6:19 shrunk the EMU lead to 10 points, 49-39.
Eastern Michigan pushed its lead back to 13 with 4:14 to play off a Brandon Bowdry free throw, 52-39, but the RedHawks scored six straight points to start a 19-4 run over the final minutes of the contest that concluded with Harris' game-winning bucket.
The win was the second straight for the RedHawks. It also was Miami's second straight road win also winning at Central Michigan in its last road contest on Jan. 27. For the second straight game Miami had to come from behind, erasing a 14-point deficit to Ball State on Tuesday and evaporating a 20-point deficit today. It was the largest deficit Miami has overcome in a win this season.
With Bowling Green and Buffalo losses on Saturday, Miami moves into a tie for second place in the East Division standings with the Falcons and Bulls at 6-3 and are a half a game back from division leader Kent State (6-2).
Miami returns home to host Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9.