Nov. 26, 2011
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.-- Senior forward Julian Mavunga poured in a career-high-tying 27 points--his ninth career 20-point performance--but it was not enough as the Miami University men's basketball team fell at Southeast Missouri on Saturday afternoon, 64-57.
Miami falls to 2-2, while Southeast Missouri improves to 3-3.
Sophomore forward Bill Edwards led all players with 12 rebounds, while sophomore forward Jon Harris came off the bench to chip in 12 points, all off 3-pointers, as the only other RedHawk in double figures.
Buckets by sophomore center Drew McGhee, sophomore guard Quinten Rollins and Edwards handed Miami a quick 6-0 lead out of the gates by the 17:15 mark. Southeast Missouri got five straight points to close the gap to one point, with 15:33 to play in the first half. Neither team scored the next four and a half minutes until Harris sunk a pair of 3-pointers from the corner to push the RedHawk lead to 12-5 by the 10:26 mark.
Miami used an 8-0 run ignited by a Harris trey and fueled by seven points from Mavunga to extend its lead to 25-12 with 4:24 to play in the opening half. Mavunga tacked on five more points for the RedHawks over the remainder of the half as Miami took a 30-22 lead into halftime.
Southeast Missouri came out on fire to open the second half, staging an 8-2 run to close within two of the RedHawks, 32-30, with 17:33 to play. A bucket and a pair of charity tosses by Mavunga pushed Miami's lead back to six points by the 16:12 mark, 36-30, but Southeast Missouri used a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the game with 12:57 to play, 37-36.
A sophomore guard Josh Sewell free throw knotted the game at 37 with 12:03 remaining, but Southeast Missouri went on a 10-1 run to extend its lead to nine points, 47-38, with 7:54 remaining and never looked back.
The Redhawks continued to lead by nine with 5:55 remaining, 52-43, but the RedHawks were able to cut it to five with 4:07 left, 53-48. A Harris trey with 2:49 left put Miami within two, 55-53, but Southeast Missouri hit a layup with 56 seconds left and tossed in free throws down the stretch to secure the 64-57 win.
Southeast Missouri was led by Nick Niemczyk with 18 points. The Redhawks shot 65 percent from the field in the second half, including 80 percent from 3-point range.
Miami stays close to home for its next game with the RedHawks travel to Cincinnati to battle the Bearcats at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio.