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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Recap: Austin Peay Governors vs. Miami RedHawks

Miami wins a tight one to get back on track.

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After a disappointing loss against Delaware last night, the Miami RedHawks (2-2) got back on track with a 76-70 win over Austin Peay (2-2). While it’s not exactly a program changing win, any win is a good win when your leaning on as many young players as the RedHawks are.

Michael Weathers continued to be a force for the RedHawks with 26 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in the game while Abdoulaye Harouna, Rod Mills, and Jake Wright also had double-digit point totals. The Governors had four 10+ point scorers of their own, with Jared Savage leading the charge with 20 points and nine rebounds.

After a slow start, Miami got rolling on offense early in the first half with a 9-0 run to set the score at 12-6 and the team never looked back as it took a 40-28 lead in the locker room. The ‘Hawks had a 9-4 advantage in the offensive rebound department while they also did a good job taking care of the ball with only six turnovers in the first twenty minutes. Weathers carried the team in the first half with his 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists, as he demonstrated once again why he’s one of the best freshmen in the MAC.

The Governors managed to come back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to get the game to 70-69 in favor of the Red and White, but the home team made enough plays down the stretch to come away with the win. Weathers completed an and-one opportunity to give the RedHawks some breathing room and free throws from him and Jake Wright sealed the deal. The defense really answered the call as it held Austin Peay to 36.7% from the field, 13 turnovers, and four blocks. However, AP was able to have some success on the boards in the second half, which helped it nearly make the comeback.

Miami has an opportunity to build some momentum tomorrow when it plays Northern Kentucky at 2 p.m before taking a bit of a break as the team doesn’t have another game until Saturday.