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Miami Advances to Cleveland After Knocking off Rival Ohio

Darrian Ringo led the way with 21

NCAA Basketball: Ohio at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio Bobcats started the game off on a 5-0 run after a Doug Taylor dunk. The rest of the first half was all Miami as they built a 33-18 lead at intermission.

In the second half, the the Bobcats chipped away at the lead, eventually closing to 50-44. Millett came alive as Logan McLane made three buckets in a row, quickly giving the RedHawks a 56-44 lead with 6:37 left in the game.

Ohio played hard the rest of the way, but couldn’t close the gap and an Isaiah Coleman-Lands three pointer put the final nail in the coffin as Miami took a 61-50 lead with only 2:03 left in the game. The RedHawks closed out the win, 68-55.

It was a cold shooting night for the Bobcats, as they only made 35% from the floor, and an even worse 4-23 from three. The loss of Jordan Dartis in the first half was huge.

Darrian Ringo scored 21 and Nike Sibande added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Logan McLane scored 10, including the crucial 6 in a row to help put the game out of reach.

Mike Laster led the Bobcats with 16. Doug Taylor had a nice game with 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Miami will head to Cleveland to take on the 2nd seed Toledo Rockets.