After trading blows for the first ten minutes of the second half, it was Miami that put together a string of defensive stops that enabled them to finally build a lead. Down 50-47 with 10:17 to go, Miami rode a 10-0 run and never relinquished its advantage again in a 72-67 win.
Willie Moore and Geovonie McKnight combined for nine of those 10 points over that run. Moore had a pleasant afternoon in Millet Hall, scoring 13 points and hitting three baskets from beyond the arc. Eric Washington led the way for Miami, as he slashed through the Wright State defense for 13 points, 8 assists and added 5 rebounds. Washington continues his torrid ability to get to the free throw line, today knocking down 9 of his 11 tries. Geovonie McKnight contributed 13 points and 5 rebounds as well.
Forwards L.J. Livingston and Logan McLane paced the 'Hawks with 6 and 7 rebounds respectively.
A 10-11 performance from the bench on free throws proved particularly clutch as the 'Hawks went 23-28 on the day from the line.
The RedHawks and their guard-oriented lineup gained the rebounding edge, something that doesn't happen to often for Coach John Cooper's team. For a group that's towards the back end in the country in rebounds per game (31 per), Miami had to be happy with its effort on the boards, finishing with a 39-32 edge. It was only the second time this season that Miami has grabbed more boards than its opponent in its eight games against D-1 foes.
Grant Benzinger put up 15 points for the Raiders, who fell to their seventh loss in 10 games, five of those losses coming on the road. WSU's JT Yoho led all scorers with 17 points.