Monday, February 12, 2001

Miami buries Ball State


Grunkemeyer leads with 21 on bad ankle

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        When injured Miami senior Jason Grunkemeyer told Charlie Coles he was ready to play before Sunday's game at Ball State, the coach had a simple response: “You better defend and make some shots.”

        Grunkemeyer, who missed Saturday's practice because of a bad ankle, did both Sunday. He scored a team-high 21 points — making all 11 of his free throws — and the RedHawks beat Ball State 66-53 for their third straight road Mid-American Conference victory.

        “I didn't know really if I was gonna be able to do much on it,” Grunkemeyer said. “But I got to the gym, started jogging and it loosened up a bit. I figured I could go, but I didn't know how much. I really wanted to play. I don't know if he (Coles) believed me.”

        Grunkemeyer entered the game, made an early shot, and ended up playing 29 minutes.

        “We're down to five games left in the regular season. It's probably the last basketball I'm gonna play,” Grunkemeyer said. “I knew my ankle was sore, but not bad enough to keep me out.”

        Miami trailed for much of the first half and was behind 19-14 with 10:20 to go. But the RedHawks finished with a 13-2 run for a 27-21 lead.

        Ball State cut the lead to four twice in the second half, the last at 41-37. But Miami went on a 14-3 run — six points on Grunkemeyer free throws — to take control.

        The victory got Miami to .500 at 12-12 for the first time since beating Notre Dame on Dec. 9, and improved the RedHawks to 8-5 in the MAC.

        The current three-game MAC road winning streak is Miami's longest since the 1998-99 season.

        Entering Marshall's late game Sunday, Miami was fifth in the MAC, which would equate to a first-round tournament home game.

        Suddenly, Miami looks like a threat in the MAC tournament, where it has made the championship game the last four years.

        “We're not gonna get (an NCAA) bid or anything, so we want to keep improving,” Grunkemeyer said. “We just had two big wins on the road. Hopefully we can build on that. (Then) The whole season means what you can do three days in Cleveland.”


MIAMI   (66)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Johnson         17   1-2   0-0   0-0  0  4    2
Shorts          34  8-11   5-6   1-5  0  3   21
Ensminger       36   5-8   0-0  1-10  1  3   10
Jameson         24   2-3   1-2   0-1  4  1    6
Davis           28   2-6   0-0   0-2  5  1    4
Grunkemeyer     29   4-9 11-11   0-2  0  3   21
Seals           23   1-4   0-0   3-5  0  1    2
Allendorf        9   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 23-44 17-19  5-25 10 16   66
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Percentages: FG-.523, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals:
3-6, .500 (Jameson 1-2, Davis 0-1, Grunkemeyer
2-3). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 2
(Ensminger, Allendorf). Turnovers: 8 (Ensminger
2, Shorts 2, Davis, Grunkemeyer, Jameson,
Johnson). Steals: 5 (Ensminger 3, Grunkemeyer,
Seals).


BALL ST (53)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Owens           17   0-2   0-0   2-3  0  3    0
Smith           34  7-15   5-8   3-5  0  3   22
Jones           36  5-10   0-1   1-4  1  1   10
Jackson         33   4-9   0-0   0-0  5  4   11
Lynch           30   1-4   0-0   0-4  1  0    3
Robbins         13   0-3   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
Harris           3   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Marshall         7   0-1   0-0   1-2  0  0    0
Murray          27   2-5   3-5   4-8  0  3    7
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TOTALS         200 19-49  8-14 11-26  7 17   53
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Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals:
7-17, .412 (Smith 3-8, Jackson 3-4, Lynch 1-3,
Robbins 0-2). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 1
(Jones). Turnovers: 11 (Jones 3, Marshall 2,
Murray 2, Smith 2, Jackson, Lynch). Steals: 4
(Jones, Murray, Robbins, Smith).
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Miami              27   39  -   66
Ball St            21   32  -   53
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 8,177. Officials: Sam
Lickliter, Mike Sanzere, Randy Drury.


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