Miami (Ohio) 70, Ohio 51
CLEVELAND (AP)—Tim Pollitz scored 25 points and Miami of Ohio avenged years of frustration against rival Ohio in the Mid-American Conference tournament with a 70-51 win in the quarterfinals Thursday.
The Bobcats knocked Miami out of the tourney in three of the last four seasons, including the semifinals in 2005 when the RedHawks were the top seed.
Pollitz was 11 for 14 with 10 rebounds and scored 14 in the first half as the RedHawks (16-14) opened up a 39-21 halftime lead.
His scoring output tied a career high he set Jan. 27 in a loss at Toledo, which will be the RedHawks’ opponent in the semifinals Friday.
Nathan Peavy scored 14 for Miami and Alex Moosmann and Michael Bramos each added 12.
Leon Williams led Ohio with 22 points, three rebounds and two blocks. The Bobcats (19-13) misfired from 3-point range (2-for-16) and couldn’t slow down the RedHawks, who shot 60 percent from the floor.
Williams’ shot at the buzzer in overtime gave Ohio an unlikely tournament championship over Buffalo when he was a freshman. But the Bobcats have been unable to match that title run the last two seasons.