The Miami RedHawks showed tonight that the stereotypical "tale of two halves" motif happens to everybody. Miami trailed Jackson State at halftime 24-17 but the RedHawks outscored the Tigers 47-29 in the second half, coasting to a 64-53 victory. The sluggish start was likely the result of getting just one day's rest from their last time out against Wright State on Sunday.
The RedHawks were led by senior Eric Washington who contributed 19 points in this contest leading the second half comeback. Washington, the Presbyterian transfer, has really filled in nicely at Miami in the last two years and is averaging 13 points per game this season. He's averaged nearly six assists the past two years becoming a true two-way player at the offensive and defensive end of the court.
Four RedHawks were in double figures and most of their damage was done from the free throw line, as Miami sunk 25 free throws. This balanced effort has been a theme for Miami in their wins and even in close losses against Xavier, Florida Atlantic and IPFW. It was a poor shooting night for both teams as they both shot under 35 percent and each team was very sloppy with the basketball committing a combined 34 turnovers.
One player that was surprisingly a breakout star of the game was Chris Bryant. The senior had his best game as a RedHawk, posting a double-double with 16 points (with 14 coming in the second half) and 11 rebounds. Bryant may be a key contributor going forward as a sixth man spelling both forwards.
The RedHawks improved to 6-4 on the season with all wins coming at Millett Hall. Their current win-loss record marks the best start by a Miami team since the 2008-2009 season. Miami has been blessed this season having played 8 of 10 games at home throughout non conference play.
Before the RedHawks start MAC play they have two true road tests at Tennessee Tech and Dayton. The Dayton game is of extra importance as the RedHawks look to grab a signature road win on the young season. The game is set for December 22nd at 7:00 Eastern.