YPSILANTI, MI – The Miami RedHawks struggled late in each of their last three losses prior to Tuesday. Late game issues, however, were not the culprit in the second 2014-15 matchup between MU and Eastern Michigan.
The hosting Eagles (15-9, 4-7 MAC) rolled out to a seven point halftime lead and quickly doubled that with an 8-1 run to open the second half. That was more than enough cushion in a turnover-plagued game, and EMU went on to post an 83-69 victory to halt a two-game skid of its own.
As in the first meeting, which MU won 82-81in overtime, both teams were mistake-prone. After totaling 37 turnovers back on January 10, the two teams combined for 46 miscues Tuesday. Eastern Michigan took advantage for 24 points off turnovers, while MU tallied 16.
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The big difference came at the free throw line. Eastern Michigan converted 27-of-38 (71.1%), while Miami hit 10-of-19 (52.6%).
Karrington Ward, who knocked down 5-of-6 outside the arc, posted a double-double with game-high 22 points, along with 10 boards. Mike Talley (20) and Raven Lee (18) also reached double figures.
Eric Washington led Miami with 20 points, while Geovonie McKnight added 14.
A triple by Talley and two by Ward allowed EMU to establish an early 9-4 edge. Another Ward long ball later put the hosts up 17-9 at the 12:24 mark.
After trailing 23-14, MU used a pair of L.J. Livingston dunks and Will Sullivan trey to make it a 23-21 contest with 4:04 remaining before intermission. Eastern Michigan scored the next 12 points before Sullivan drained a three with 16 ticks left to make it a 33-26 EMU advantage at the break.
Miami trailed by as many as 22 (57-35) midway through stanza before reducing it to 10 on a McKnight layup at 1:07. EMU sealed with seven free throws before a final triple by Moore for Miami.
Eastern Michigan plays the middle of a three-game home stand Saturday when it hosts Akron (2:30 p.m. ET). Miami returns home for a 3:30 p.m. ET contest against rival Ohio. It is the second game of a women's-men's double header and former head coach Charlie Coles' number will be retired.