OXFORD — Miami basketball fans got a good chance to see this year’s men’s team during the three-day Tarkett Sports Classic at Millett Hall in Oxford. Six games were held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-20, featuring the Redhawks and Northern Kentucky, Delaware and Austin Peay.
The Redhawks went 1-2 in the three-game set, but stayed competitive throughout. Miami also got major contributions from several newcomers, including freshman Michael Weathers, who led the team in scoring in all three games, including a 31-point performance in the finale.
Miami vs. Northern Kentucky
Miami University men’s basketball team could not overcome a poor shooting day from the field, falling to the Northern Kentucky University Norse 79-70 on Sunday at the Tarkett Sports Classic.
Michael Weathers continued the fast start to his Miami career, leading all scorers with 31 points on the day. Jake Wright was the only other scorer in double digits for the RedHawks, tallying 11 points. NKU was led by Lavone Holland II and Drew McDonald, scoring 25 and 23 points respectively.
The RedHawks shot 42 percent from the field and 26 percent (5-for-19) from behind the arc. The Norse shot 45 percent from the field as well as 43 percent (9-for-21) from deep. NKU won the rebound battle 38-31, and both teams were able to take care of the ball better in the second half with each team committing only five turnovers in the second half.
Weathers became the first RedHawk to score 30 points in a game since Michael Bramos scored 34 against Kent State in 2009.
Miami vs. Delaware
Freshman Michael Weathers’ 75-foot heave caught nothing but net, but was deemed after the buzzer as Miami University suffered a 68-66 loss to Delaware on day one of the Tarkett Sports Classic at Millett Hall. The RedHawks fall to 1-2 on the season, while the Blue Hens improve to 2-1.
Delaware went to the charity stripe, holding a slim 67-66 lead with 3.3 seconds remaining, connecting on the first free throw, but a wayward second attempt pin-balled off of several players before Michael Weathers could gather the errant shot with little time to spare. His Hail Mary attempt was ruled late and the Blue Hens walked away with the victory.
While Michael Weathers’ final shot was disallowed, his overall performance on Friday night was impressive. The freshman point guard recorded a game-high 24 points and added seven rebounds, six assists and just three turnovers in 29 minutes of action.
Joining the point guard in double figures was redshirt sophomore guard Jake Wright, who scored 11 points, all in the first half. Wright added four rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Dion Wade collected eight points and six rebounds off the bench.
Overall, Miami made 22-of-50 shots and were 15-of-22 from the free throw line. Delaware held a slight 37-31 edge in rebounding.
Miami vs. Austin Peay
In a choppy contest dominated by fouls, the Miami University’s men’s basketball team was able to grind out a 76-70 victory over Austin Peay State University Saturday afternoon in the Tarkett Sports Classic at Millett Hall.
The RedHawks were powered by four double-figures scorers, led by freshman guard Michael Weathers, who topped 20 points for the third time this season with a 26-point outing. Weathers just missed out on a double-double with nine rebounds against the Governors (2-2).
Sophomore guard Jake Wright pitched in 14 points on the night, along with solid showings from junior forward Rod Mills Jr and junior guard Abdoulaye Harouna. As a team, Miami shot 42.4 percent from the field, connecting on seven 3-pointers, including four from Wright.
In the closing minutes, Austin Peay sophomore guard Jared Savage hit two from beyond-the-arc that tightened the score to 70-69 with 2:19 left. Despite the late charge, Michael Weathers took over for the RedHawks, scoring 10 of the team’s final 12 points. Along with Wright, the pair connected on clutch foul shots to seal the six-point win.