OXFORD, Ohio – Sophomore forward Rod Mills led MU with 12 points and 10 RedHawks saw at least 11 minutes of action Tuesday as Miami opened its home slate with a 68-47 win over Kenyon College.
Mills scored 10 of his points in 10 minutes of action during the first half. He attempted just one field goal in the second stanza and added a pair of free throws in eight post-intermission minutes.
Mills averaged just 5.3 minutes and 1.5 points per game as a freshman. He was 4 of 12 on treys for the entire season but is already 4 of 6 on triples through two games.
Senior forward Chris Bryant was the only other RedHawk in double figures (10 points, 14 minutes) as MU head coach John Cooper spread the minutes across a squad that includes several new faces and returnees who are working their way back from injury.
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Graduate-senior Jere Vucica, a 6-9 forward from Croatia hit 4 of 7 shots from the field for eight points after an 11-point effort in Miami’s loss at Xavier Friday.
Kenyon, which was making its first start of the season, had one player in double figures as Bennett Grigull led the Lords with 11 points.
Overall, Miami shot 44.6 percent from the field. However, it made just 4 of 17 treys, and three of those came from Mills. The other was from McCormick in the final minutes. Kenyon’s second half shooting (30.4 %) dropped its overall mark to 35.6 percent from the field. The Lords were 7 of 22 (31.8%) from behind the arc.
Although Cooper was not particularly pleased with the RedHawks rebounding , MU did have a 38-28 advantage overall and managed 14 offensive boards to just five for Kenyon.
Miami also did some damage inside. It had a 38-10 advantage on points in the paint and 16-7 advantage on second chance points.
MU’s press and pressure helped the RedHawks score 24 points off turnovers and they owned a 12-0 advantage in fast break points. Miami’s bench outscored KC 27-16.
Miami never trailed in the contest, getting its first six points from guard Geovonie McKnight, who totaled eight on the evening. Kenyon, however, trailed just 14-10 midway through the opening period.
Mills scored seven of the first nine points in a 15-0 Miami run to open up a 29-10 advantage with 5:49 remaining before intermission. However, the Lords shipped away, outscoring Miami 11-3 before McKnight tallied on a layup with nine ticks remaining to make it 34-21 at the break.
It was a 42-28 when MU pulled away with a 14-2 burst. That gave Miami it’s largest lead of the evening (26 points) with 9:32 remaining. Kenyon could get no closer than 19 points the rest of the way.
Miami resumes an early home stand this weekend when it plays host to the Men Against Breast Cancer Challenge. Joining MU will be Florida Atlantic, Lipscomb and Northeastern. As hosts, the RedHawks will have the second game each night/day, with games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Miami’s first matchup is with Lipscomb Friday ( 7 p.m. ET).
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