Wednesday, February 07, 2001

Miami embarks on rough road

Tough stretch starts today at Kent

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Miami RedHawks didn't have a lot of time to feel sorry for themselves after Saturday's 67-63 overtime loss to Bowling Green. The road ahead is too scary for them to dwell on the past.

  • When: 7 p.m. today.
  • Where: M.A.C. Center (6,327).
  • Records: Miami 10-12 (6-5 Mid-American Conference), KSU 15-6 (8-2).
  • TV: None.
  • Radio: WCKY-AM (1360), WMOH-AM (1450).
  Trevor Huffman-6-1-Jr.-16.0
  Andrew Mitchell-5-11-Sr.-13.0
  Mike Perry-6-9-Jr.-6.0
  Kyrem Massey-6-5-Sr.-15.0
  Demetric Shaw-6-3-Jr.-9.6
  Coach: Gary Waters (83-56, fifth season; same overall)
  Matt Jameson-6-1-So.-2.9
  J. Grunkemeyer-6-5-Sr.-11.7
  Alex Shorts-6-8-Jr.-14.7
  Mike Ensminger-6-6-Sr.-6.0
  Juby Johnson-6-5-Fr.-5.9
  Coach: Charlie Coles (97-56, fifth season, 179-140 overall)
  • +5.86: Kent's turnover margin, best in the MAC by more than three a game.
  • 2-5: Miami's record vs. Kent since 1998.
  • 34-2: Kent State's record at home the last three seasons.
        The RedHawks, 10-12 overall and 6-5 in the Mid-American Conference, start a major road swing with tonight's game at Kent State.

        Kent (15-6, 8-2) is atop the MAC East standings. The Golden Flashes are coming off a 14-point (68-54) win at Toledo Saturday. Miami lost by 14 (76-62) at Toledo on Jan.3.

        And Kent is especially good at home. The Flashes are 8-0 this season and 32-2 the last three seasons at Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

        Tonight's game is the start of a difficult stretch for the RedHawks. They have seven regular-season games left; five are on the road.

        Miami coach Charlie Coles questioned the toughness of his team after the Bowling Green loss. The players realize these last seven games are a chance to answer that question.

        “We are grinding out league games,” Jason Grunkemeyer said. “This is when it counts. I guess we're going to have this label. It's something we will have to overcome.”

        Point guard Doug Davis is expected to play tonight. He has missed Miami's last five games with a dislocated right big toe.

        He'll be needed. Kent is a very good perimeter team. Trevor Huffman averages 16 points and 4.5 assists a game. The other guard, Andrew Mitchell, averages 13 points and 3.5 assists a game. Swingman Kyrem Massey averages 15 points.


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