Although the season is still in its early stages, the Miami RedHawks have impressed. With a non-conference schedule that boasts Xavier, Central Florida, Dayton and Lipscomb there are a lot of above average teams and potential tournament teams on the horizon that will provide good opportunities for the RedHawks to show what type of team they are.
Northeastern, Miami's opponent on Sunday, came into the contest 4-0 and ranked 107th per Ken Pom. The RedHawks didn't seem to let that scare them, forcing eleven second-half turnovers and erasing a ten-point halftime deficit to take down the previously undefeated Huskies 67-61.
The first half was dominated by Northeastern through the first 15 minutes, but the RedHawks never went away and closed the gap to three points at halftime. Once the teams returned to the court the teams traded baskets for a four minute stretch, but Northeastern pushed the lead to nine with 12 minutes to go. After the under-12 media timeout, the RedHawks made their next five shots on a 14-3 run that gave them their second lead of the game. Miami continued to play great basketball as they closed the game on 34-19 run from the 12-minute mark to finish off the Huskies.
The scoring was balanced for the RedHawks as Geovonie McKnight and Eric Washington each chipped in 17 points. The team had nine assists on 22 made field goals, which is something that Miami should look to improve on going forward. The RedHawks did shoot really well, hitting 47 percent of their field goal attempts while allowing the Huskies to shoot just 39 percent.
The main advantage for Northeastern was the rebounding battle in which they won 33-27. Senior David Walker continued to impress for the Huskies as he had himself another 20+ point effort with 21 points and eight rebounds. Walker is the heart and soul of the Huskies as the senior has shown he can not only score and rebound but play adequate defense and get his teammates involved.
The RedHawks look to improve their home record to 5-1 over their next two games against IPFW and Central Florida. Those games will be played on Tuesday and Saturday, respectively.