Miami (Ohio) defeats Mississippi State 67-60 for third place in Anaheim Classic
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Tyler Dierkers tipped in the go-ahead basket with 1:06 remaining, helping Miami of Ohio beat Mississippi State 67-60 for third place in the Anaheim Classic on Sunday night.
Michael Bramos stole the ball at midcourt from Ben Hansbrough, younger brother of North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough, and scored for a 62-58 lead with 41 seconds left. Bramos made the free throw, then got fouled on the RedHawks’ next possession and made both for a 64-58 lead with 26 seconds left.
Bramos finished with 30 points, going 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. Tim Pollitz added 15 points for Miami (3-1), whose only loss in the three-day tournament was to Southern California. Dierkers added 10 assists and nine rebounds.
Charles Rhodes led the Bulldogs (3-3) with 25 points, becoming the 29th player in school history to score 1,000 points. He has 1,002. The senior forward grabbed 10 rebounds, putting him six away from going over the 500 mark.
For the first time this season, the RedHawks were outrebounded, 36-29. But they held Mississippi State under 70 points for the 38th consecutive game, the nation’s longest streak.
Jamont Gordon added 18 points for the Bulldogs, whose only victory in Anaheim was against UC Irvine in the first round.
Miami blew all of a 12-point lead early in the second half, with Rhodes and Gordon doing most of the scoring for Mississippi State.
Hansbrough’s 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 56-52 lead with 4:59 remaining before Miami outscored them 15-4 to end the game.
The RedHawks raced to a 21-9 lead, the first of two 12-point leads they had in the first half. From there, the Bulldogs went on a 15-8 spurt to end the half trailing 29-24.