Wednesday, February 03, 1999

Miami gets only shot at Bobcats

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        After passing one key test, Miami faces another as it hosts Mid-American Conference East rival Ohio at 7 p.m. today in Millett Hall.

• When: 7 p.m. today
• Where: Millett Hall (9,200), Oxford, Ohio
• Records: MU 15-4, 10-1 MAC; Ohio 14-6, 9-3
• TV: None
• Radio: WCKY-AM (1360), WMOH-AM (1450), WFMG-FM (101.3)
• .615: Wally Szczerbiak's three-point percentage in the last five games (16-of-26)
• 11: Number of different starting lineups the RedHawks have used this season.
• 156: Number of times Miami and Ohio have played, the most among all MAC schools.
        Ohio (14-6, 9-3 MAC) is two games behind East Division leader Miami and has dropped two of its last three games on the road. A victory would give the RedHawks (15-4, 10-1) three fewer losses than anyone else in the conference.

        Miami rallied Monday night to beat West Division leader Toledo 63-57 behind Wally Szczerbiak's 16 straight second half points. Szczerbiak, the MAC's leading scorer, finished with 23 to increase his season average to 23.7.

        “For six or seven minutes, he played as good as he's played all year,” coach Charlie Coles said of the senior.

        Ohio, picked preseason to finish fifth in the East after a 5-21 season, has been helped this season by two transfers.

        Point guard LaDrell Whitehead, a senior transfer from Wyoming, leads the way with 20.2 points per game and Ohio State transfer Shaun Stonerook leads the team in rebounding with 8.4 per game, good for second in the MAC.

        He also averages 14.2 ppg. Junior forward Sanjay Adell is the third Bobcat in double figures at 16.3 ppg.

        Ohio is first in the MAC in scoring (78.8 ppg) and field goal percentage (.488). Earlier this season, the Bobcats knocked off a pair of Big East teams, No.16 Syracuse and West Virginia.

        Because of additional MAC expansion, this is the only meeting between the two old rivals. Ohio leads the series 81-75.

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