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Miami (Ohio) 72, William & Mary 59

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Allen Roberts had 20 points and seven rebounds and Bill Edwards added 17 points as Miami of Ohio, which led by two points at halftime, pulled away from host William & Mary in the second half for a 72-59 non-conference win Wednesday night.

Brandon Britt had 17 points and sophomore guard Marcus Thornton, named to the 2012 all-CAA Rookie team, had 15 for the Tribe but it was not enough.

William & Mary had won its first three games by an average of 17.3 points per contest and was off to its best start in 20 years. The Tribe (3-1) has had just two winning seasons in nine years under head coach Tony Shaver in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The RedHawks (2-2 overall) led, 26-24, at halftime but went on a 14-8 run to take a 40-32 advantage. Miami upped its lead to 62-46 with about 5:00 to play and Edwards hit four free throws in a matter of seconds to put his team ahead 71-54 with 52 seconds left.

Miami, coming off a loss at No. 2 Louisville, has won all six games in the series with the Tribe. The last time the teams met in Williamsburg was on Dec. 8, 1986 in a game won by Miami, 60-57.

Britt of William & Mary entered play Wednesday with an average of 17 points per game this year after he averaged 9.0 last season.

Miami of the Mid-American Conference was 9-21 last season in the final campaign under Charlie Coles. Next up for the RedHawks is a game Saturday at James Madison, which like William & Mary is also a member of the CAA.

NOTES: The next game for William & Mary is Saturday at Wake Forest. ... Shaver entered the game with a 106-172 record at William and Mary. ... The first-year head coach for Miami is John Cooper, who made the move from Tennessee State.
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