TOLEDO, OH -- Jonathan Williams and Jaelan Sanford combined for 47 points to spearhead a hot-shooting Toledo squad as the Rockets thumped Miami 91-76 Saturday at Savage Arena.
It was the fifth straight win for UT, which has burst out of the gate with two lopsided-wins in the first week of conference action. The Rockets blasted Buffalo 86-54 Tuesday.
While the Rockets . . .
Just as they did against Buffalo on Tuesday, the Rockets shot over 50 percent from the field and 45 percent beyond the arc. UT knocked down 30 of 53 (56.6%) overall against MU. The home team also connected on 11 of 24 treys (45.8%). Williams and sophomore Nate Navigato did most of the damage on threes combining for nine hits on 16 trey attempts.
Williams tied for game-high honors with 25 points, followed by Sanford (22), Navigato (17) and Steve Taylor Jr. (12). The latter also grabbed 12 rebounds for a double-double.
Mills also registered a career high, hitting 8 of 12 shots (2 of 3 treys) on the way to 20 points. Michael Weathers and Jake Wright were just off double figures, chipping in nine points apiece.
The hosts were up 34-16 before MU scored seven straight – five from Mills and two on a put-back dunk by Marcus Weathers to pull within nine.
Two straight layups by Sanford got the Rockets back on track, and they carried a 42-28 lead to the locker room.
Both offenses were productive early in the second half. In the case of Toledo, however, it slowly expanded its lead with the help of four straight “threes” -- one from beyond the arc and three “and-ones,” more than offsetting eight RedHawk points during the stretch.
Two Sanford free throws at 11:39 gave Toledo its largest lead of the day at 74-49. Miami knocked the margin down to 14 points (79-65) following a Marcus Weathers bucket at 7:35, but Navigato hit two more of his five triples for the day down the stretch as UT kept its distance.
NEXT: Toledo had two games on the road next week, kicking the stretch off with a game at Western Michigan Tuesday. (7 p.m. ET). Miami will be at Ball State Tuesday (7 p.m. ET)
► Toledo held a 34-24 lead in rebounds.
► The two teams were nearly even in turnovers, with UT committing 13 to Miami’s 12.
► After connecting on just 10 of 24 free throws Tuesday against Northern Illinois, the RedHawks made 13 of 15 Saturday.
► The Rockets have now won eight straight against Miami. Last year’s game in Toledo was particularly one-sided, with UT registering a 93-49 victory. It was an eight-point difference in Oxford as MU rallied from a 28-point deficit.