Toledo not only connected on 58.1 percent from the field before intermission, it buried 10 of 17 (58.8%) 3-point shots in the period. Jonathan Williams, the MAC’s top scorer, did the most first half damage, scoring all 15 of his points on the night over the first 20 minutes. The junior guard hit 5 of 6 trey attempts in the period, while Jaelan Sanford connected on 2 of 4 triples.
Miami actually had one of its better halves this year shooting the ball, connecting on 53.8 percent overall. However, it had . . .
The Toledo onslaught continued when play resumed, and by 16:04, UT held a 26-point advantage. Stuckey Mosley’s three-ball at 13:28 gave the Rockets their largest lead of the contest at 28 points.
It was still 26 points at 9:47 when Dion Wade hit the first of two straight 3-point goals to kick-start a 16-3 Miami run. Still, the RedHawks trailed by 13 points (71-58) with 6:03 remaining.
Boothe, who scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, helped steady the Rockets. Miami knocked the lead down to nine points with 41 seconds left and finished with an eight-point deficit.
Toledo, which raised its record 10-5 (1-1 MAC), had four players in double figures: Booth (25 points, 11 rebounds), Williams (15), Sanford (15) and Mosley, 12. Nate Navigato chipped in nine points.
Miami, which dropped to 6-9 (0-2 MAC) after losing its fifth straight game, was led by senior point guard Eric Washington with 21 points. Classmate Geovonie McKnight was the only other RedHawk in double figures. However, MU did get contributions off the bench, holding a 28-11 advantage there.
Toledo dropped to 47.8 percent from the field in the second half and finished at 53.7 from the field overall. The Rockets were good on 13 of 26 (50%) threes. Those threes helped offset the fact that Miami owned one more field goal (30-29). Although neither team shot all that well from the line, UT finished with 13 free throws to eight for Miami.
NEXT: Miami will be at Kent State Tuesday (7 p.m. ET) for the first of two road games next week. Toledo is home for two games, starting with Northern Illinois Tuesday (7 p.m. ET).