OXFORD, OH -- After trailing by 15 points midway through the second half, the Miami RedHawks rallied to force overtime and then managed hang on for a 78-76 win over Grambling Wednesday night at Millett Hall.
Freshman point guard Michael Weathers led all scorers with 23 points, including a driving layup to knot the game at 65-all with 11 seconds left in regulation. He then blocked a Tigers shot with two seconds remaining to ensure the extra period.
Twin brother Marcus Weathers also . . .
Joining Michael (26 points) and Marcus (18 points) Weathers in double figures for Miami were Harouna and Jake Wright. Both had 12 points.
The visiting Tigers also put four players in double figures. Avery Ugba had a huge night with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 5 blocks and 2 steals. Mitchell matched the 21 points and grabbed seven boards. Remond Brown contributed 11 markers, while Nigel Ribeiro chipped in 10. Ivy Smith was just one point short of double figures with nine.
Grambling owned a 38-26 lead at the half thanks, in part, to better shooting and Miami turnovers.
The RedHawks chipped away early second half, pulling to within four at 41-37 following a Michael Weathers layup. However, Grambling built it back up into a double-digit advantage and pulled out to a 62-47 lead following Ribeiro’s three-ball at 8:52.
It was still a 13-point Tigers lead (64-51) with 7:02 remaining, but Miami finished regulation with a 14-1 run.
Several things changed in the second period. Miami was able to hit 45.5 percent of its shots (10 of 22). Grambling made 35.7 percenet (10 of 28). The RedHawks also cashed in on 17 of 19 (89.5%) at the free throw line, while GSU made 4 of 6 shots from the strip in the period.