Nov. 11, 2006
OXFORD, Ohio--Miami University's men's basketball team had its 2006-07 campaign start out about the same way its previous season ended--with a heart-breaking, last-second loss. A driving layup by Wright State's DaShaun Wood with 0.2 seconds remaining clinched a 57-56 decision for the Raiders at Millett Hall on Saturday evening in the season opener for both teams.
A jumper by Wright State's Drew Burleson gave the Raiders a 2-0 lead at the 19:38 mark of the first half, but sophomore guard Carl Richburg and senior forward Nathan Peavy each scored five points as Miami went on a 10-2 surge to capture a 10-4 lead by the 12:15 mark. Freshman guard Alex Moosmann knocked down a 3-pointer with 8:37 left in the first to extend the Miami lead to nine points, 18-9. Senior center Monty St. Clair sunk a trey at the 4:40 mark to push Miami's advantage to 12 points, 23-11. Wood capped a 6-0 Raider run over the next 2:35 to close the gap to four points with 2:05 left in the first half, 23-19. St. Clair nailed a jumper to put the Miami lead at six points, but Wood connected on one of two free throws with one second remaining cut the Miami lead to five points at the half, 25-20.
Again, Wright State would sink the first bucket of the half as Jordan Pleiman hit a jumper at the 19:51 mark of the second half to move within three points of the RedHawks, 25-22. A Peavy dunk and a pair of sophomore guard/forward Michael Bramos free throws put Miami at a seven-point advantage with 18:12 remaining, 29-22. Wright State went on an 11-2 run over the next 5:24 of the game to post a 33-31 lead with 13-48 remaining. St. Clair connected on one of two free throws and Peavy nailed a 3-pointer to give Miami a 35-33 edge with 12:40 left. There would be eight ties over the final 12 minutes of the game and neither team lead by more than two points until St. Clair hit a jumper at the 2:50 mark and Richburg sunk one of two free throws to hand Miami a 52-49 advantage with 1:36 remaining.
Just 12 seconds after the Richburg free throw, Wood drilled a 3-pointer for the Raiders to knot the game, 52-52, with 1:24 remaining. Richburg hit a jumper with 36 seconds left to lift the RedHawks to a 54-52 advantage, but Vaughn Duggins came right back to quickly sink a 3-pointer with 29 remaining to hand WSU the 55-54 edge. Bramos was fouled with 12 seconds left and nailed both free throws to put Miami up, 56-55, but Wood tossed in the game-winning layup with 0.2 seconds left to lift the Raiders to the 57-56 win.
Wood scored 16 second-half points for the Raiders and finished the game with 21 points to lead all scorers.
Peavy was the only RedHawk in double figures, amassing 20 points and seven rebounds. Bramos added a career-high five assists.
Miami has little time to rest as the RedHawks travel south to battle No. 22 Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net South.
Notes: Miami lost its first home opener since dropping a 93-82 decision to Evansville in the 1990-91 home opener ... the loss snapped a streak of 15-straight home-opening wins ... it also snapped a three-game win streak against the Raiders and was Wright State's first win in Millett Hall since Dec. 7, 1982.