An exciting first half showcased what Miami basketball is capable of this season, but the RedHawks simply fell apart in the end. After shooting 14-32 in the first half, including 4-8 from behind the arc, Miami went 9-28 in the second half and was a dismal 1-12 from 3-pt range. Eric Washington was the leading scorer for the RedHawks, going 6-11 and putting up 16 points. 6-foot-10 junior forward LJ Livingston, Jr., led with 8 rebounds.
This year's RedHawks team can be described as a fast-paced team with definite talent. Though the difficulty comes in finding chemistry, as there are plenty of new faces (highlighted in the preseason preview here). With new faces on the court, work will need to be done to learn Coach John Cooper's system as well as learning how to gel with the other players on the court.
"It's a process, we're going to learn from it and build from it," said Washington. "Even though we have a lot of new guys, we have a lot of potential as well. We just need to stay confident."
Senior guard Will Sullivan, who "We knew it wasn't going to click immediately," Sullivan said. "We hoped execution would have been better tonight, but we do understand that it is a process. The learning process starts right now."
The RedHawks were outscored 44-23 in the second half. Edinboro was led by junior guards Will Marrow and Henri Wade-Chatman who had 26 points and 20 points respectively.
Miami opens their regular season on Sunday, November 16th at 7:00 vs. Southern Utah at Millett Hall.