INDIANAPOLIS, Ind -- Hosting IUPUI answered a second half 18-4 Miami RedHawks rally with 16-4 run, and the Jaguars went on to post a 78-64 victory over Miami Saturday at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
Miami (4-4) held the lead just once, 4-2, following a jumper by Rodney Mills, but the RedHawks remained close early. MU tied the game (16-16) for a fourth and final time on two free throws by Abdoulaye Harouna at 5:59 of the first half. T.J. Henderson nailed a trey at the other end to put the hosts back in front and IUPUI (3-6) expanded its lead to 35-28 heading into intermission.
That lead quickly …
“We can get on runs,” Miami coach John Cooper said. “And then we get on stretches where we don’t score. … They were able to go on their run and made some shots.”
Down 46-30, the RedHawks went on an 18-4 run, hitting seven of their 23 field goals on the afternoon. The spurt also included 3 of 4 Miami treys in the contest. Point guard Eric Washington, who led MU with 18 points, hit two triples. Fellow senior Geovonie McKnight contributed 6 of his 11 game points during the run. Washington and McKnight were the only RedHawks to reach double figures.
Zach McCormick’s three-ball pulled Miami to within two at 50-48. However, Combs nailed a trey and added a layup to kick start IUPUI’s decisive 16-4 run. Nick Osborne finished the burst with a spin move that resulted in an “and-one,” the Jaguars were up by 14 at 66-52 with 5:52 remaining. Miami, which fell to 4-4 with the loss, made six free throws and three more field goals the rest of the way: two layups and a dunk – all by L.J. Livingston. He finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.
“If it wasn’t for L.J. in the second half, that offensive (deficit) would have been even greater,” Cooper said.
Miami, playing on the road for the first time since its opener at Xavier, continued to struggle from the field. The RedHawks hit 38.3 percent (23 of 60) overall and were 4 of 15 (25%) from distance. They made 14 of 17 free throws (82.4%).
IUPUI connected on 46.3 percent (25 of 54) from the field, including 6 of 14 (42.9%) beyond the arc. The Jaguars capitalized on 22 of 24 at the charity stripe.
Miami had an edge in turnover, committing just eight, while IUPUI gave it up 14 times. However, the Jaguars held a 40-27 advantage in rebounds.
“As the game progressed, they were able to continuously get to the boards and keep balls alive,” Cooper noted.
Combs led all scorers with 20 points. Barksdale (11) and Aaron Brenan (10) also reached double figures.