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2nd Half Surge Leads Miami to 72-59 Win vs William & Mary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va.- Junior guard Allen Roberts scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds and junior forward Bill Edwards added 17 points, including a go-ahead three just before halftime, to lift Miami to a 72-59 victory over William & Mary Wednesday night at Kaplan Arena.

Miami (2-2) trailed 24-23 just before intermission when Edwards canned a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the RedHawks the lead for good. The Miami win marked the RedHawks’ first on the road this season and also was the first loss for the Tribe (3-1).

The opening half was a back-and-forth battle with neither team leading by more than three points. William & Mary opened up a 21-18 lead with 4:25 remaining in the opening half, the largest lead by any team in the first 20 minutes, but the RedHawks went on an 8-3 flurry over the closing minutes of the first stanza to seize a 26-24 halftime lead.

Edwards sunk a long 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining in the half to give Miami a 23-21 lead, but the Tribe’s Matt Rum responded with a trey at the 37 second mark to give William & Mary a one-point edge. Edwards responded by sinking a triple with three seconds remaining to lift the RedHawks to the 26-24 lead.

Edwards’ 3-pointer to end the first half sparked a 13-3 RedHawk run that catapulted Miami to a 36-27 lead by the 18:05 mark and forced a William & Mary timeout. Junior forward Jon Harris and Roberts also sunk triples during the Miami surge.

A fastbreak layup at 16:32 by junior guard Quinten Rollins pushed the RedHawk lead to 10 points, 40-30. The Tribe closed within four, 40-36, with 15:06 to play, but Miami eventually pushed its lead back to double-figures, posting an 11-point advantage at the 9:11 mark off an Edwards layup.

William & Mary got as close as seven with 8:33 to play, but an 8-1 Miami run that was comprised of five Roberts free throws and a Roberts 3-pointer pushed the RedHawk lead back to double figures for good, 48-62. Miami extended its lead to 17 points off a pair of Roberts free throws with 52 seconds remaining, 71-54, and went on to collect a 13-point win.

Roberts sunk 12-of-14 free throws for the RedHawks, who shot 73.1 percent from the charity stripe for the game.

Miami forced 18 William & Mary turnovers and tallied eight steals while posting a positive assist/turnover ratio for the third time this season (12 assist/9 turnovers). Junior forward Will Felder led Miami on the boards with eight and also notched two impressive blocked shots for the Red and White.

The Tribe had three players in double figures, led by Brandon Britt’s 17 points. Marcus Thornton chipped in 15 points, while Kyle Gaillard added 12.

Miami returns home to host James Madison at noon on Saturday, Nov. 24.

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