COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Miami University men’s basketball team could not overcome a tough shooting night as it fell to Missouri 70-51 Tuesday evening. The RedHawks are now 5-4 on the season, while the Tigers improve to 7-2.
As a team Miami shot 32.5 percent (21-for-65). That included going 5-for-24 (20.8 percent) from behind the arc.
Junior guard Darrian Ringo led the RedHawk offense with a career-high 14 points on Tuesday. He also had five rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes of action. Freshman guard Jalen Adaway had 13 points and five rebounds for the Red and White.
After falling behind 5-0, back-to-back buckets from freshmen guards Nike Sibande and Adaway got Miami on the board. Adaway was fouled on his layup, completing the three-point play to tie the score at five at the 15:54 mark. Trailing 10-5, a layup from Ringo and a three-pointer by redshirt junior Jake Wright tied the score at 10 with 12:05 to go.
Despite baskets from senior forward Logan McLane and freshman forward Dalonte Brown, the Tigers were able to build the lead up to six at 20-14. A layup by Ringo and a three-pointer from Adaway pulled Miami to within one at 20-19 with 4:50 remaining in the half. Missouri finally got its offense going at that point, hitting its next seven shots as part of a 14-0 stretch that made it 34-19 before Ringo hit a pair of free throws to end the run. Ringo then hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to pull the RedHawks to within 12 at 36-24 at the break.
Miami was cold from the field in the first half, hitting 28.1 percent (9-for-32) from the field. The Tigers hit 54.2 percent (13-for-24) of their shots, but the RedHawks kept themselves in the contest by forcing nine Missouri turnovers.
Brown had a couple of early buckets to begin the second half, but the Tigers were able to extend the advantage to 22 at 52-30. Ringo drained a three, while senior forward Rod Mills Jr. followed with a jumper to cut into the lead, but Missouri eventually built its biggest lead at 60-37 with 8:36 to go.
Adaway hit a jumper to start a RedHawk comeback attempt. Sibande then scored the next six points in a row, while a layup from Ringo finished off an 11-0 run for Miami and made it 60-48 at the 5:35 mark. The Tigers responded with an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to put the game away as they finished off a 70-51 win.
Sibande finished with nine for the RedHawks, while Brown had six. Miami’s defense forced 17 turnovers by Missouri. The Tigers were led by Kevin Puryear with 20 points.
The RedHawks return to action on Saturday when they host Fort Wayne at 1 p.m. It is part of a doubleheader that will see the Miami women take on Jacksonville State at 3:30 p.m. Both games will air live on ESPN3.