Miami (Ohio) 72, Cent. Michigan 52
Tim Pollitz had 23 points and Michael Bramos had 13 to lead Miami of Ohio past Central Michigan 72-52 Wednesday.
The RedHawks (8-10 overall, 4-2 Mid-American) shot 53 percent from the field and scored 21 points off turnovers.
Central Michigan (7-11, 2-4) was held to 34 percent shooting from the field and made only 17 percent of its three-point attempts. Marko Spica led the Chippewas with 12 points, while Giordan Watson scored 10.
Miami started the second half with an 11-3 run to take a 46-27 lead. The Chippewas answered with a 10-3 run to pull to within 12 points, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Neither team led by more than five points until Miami used an 11-0 run, sparked by Doug Penno’s 3-pointer, in the final 2:09 to take a 35-23 halftime lead. Before that point, the score was tied four times and the lead changed seven times.
Watson eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career when he hit a pair of free throws at the 2:45 mark in the first half.
Nathan Peavy scored nine points for the RedHawks, while guard Alex Moosmann added seven.
Jordan Bitzer scored seven points for Central Michigan, while Robbie Harman and Andre Smyth each scored five.
Miami outscored Central Michigan 36-22 in the paint.
It was Miami’s 12th consecutive victory over Central Michigan. The RedHawks have beaten the Chippewas in 23 of the last 24 meetings.