There was good and bad from the Miami RedHawks performance Tuesday against the Wright State Raiders.
The bad: Miami lost the contest, 89-87
The good: A very young Miami team displayed some serious offensive firepower as it fought back from a 21-point halftime deficit.
Mark Alstork nearly recorded a triple double for the hosting Raiders, scoring 29 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and recording eight assists to lead Wright State.
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Freshman point guard Michael Weathers provided 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal in 22 minutes. Zach McCormick added 12 points.
WSU had a slight edge (36-32) in rebounds, but its key advantage turned out to be at the foul line. The Raiders converted 22 of 30 charity tosses, while Miami hit 14 of 20.
Miami, on the other hand, had a hot hand behind the arc. The RedHawks shot 51.7 percent from the field and even better (57.9%) on treys. That kind of shooting helped fuel the second half comeback.
Two free throws and a jumper by Mark Alstork put the hosts up 88-84. Wright then responded with a 3-ball with 10 seconds left to close the gap to one point. That, however, was the last Miami’s last points.
Alstork added one free throw to put the Raiders up 89-87. Michael Weathers took a jumper with three ticks left, but it didn’t fall.
"Obviously it was a tale of two halves," said head coach John Cooper. "We went through a stretch in the first half where we just got of our offense and just weren't executing. Then in the second half we made some shots, but most importantly we started executing. We did the little things we needed to do so we put ourselves right there at the end."