Friday, March 09, 2001

Miami Notebook


Hunter's numbers mean trouble for RedHawks

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CLEVELAND — Miami was able to advance to the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals by shutting down the MAC player of the year, David Webber, in a 65-56 victory over Central Michigan Thursday.

        To get the finals, Miami must deal with Ohio's Brandon Hunter, runner-up to Webber in the voting.

        Miami, the No.8 seed, faces Ohio U., the No.5 seed, at 7p.m. today in a semifinal game.

        “That's good for both teams,” Miami coach Charlie Coles said. “We're rivals.”

        Hunter, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound sophomore, is a difficult matchup for Miami. He averaged 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds in the regular season this year. He did better than that against Miami: 25 points and 19 rebounds in Ohio's 62-60 overtime victory at Athens Jan.13; 21 points and nine rebounds in Ohio's 76-72 loss in Oxford Feb.28.

        Hunter had 22 points and 10 rebounds in OU's 64-63 win over Toledo Thursday.

        FRESH DEFENSE: When Coles recruited Juby Johnson and Eugene Seals, he wasn't looking for defenders.

        “I didn't know if they could play defense or not,” Coles said of his prize freshman.

        He knows now. Johnson and Seals held Webber to eight points on 3-for-20 shooting (0-for-8 from 3 range) Thursday.

        Webber had only one field goal in the last 30 minutes of the game.

        “We knew we couldn't keep the ball away from him,” Seals said. “So we tried to stay in front of him and make him shoot from the outside. We didn't give him any open looks.”

        Coles keeps it simple for the freshmen.

        “We just let them be athletic,” he said. “We ain't worried about where their feet are and all that. We say, "Don't let him score.'”

        NO LOSER: Thursday's victory assured Miami of avoiding its first losing season since 1989-90. The RedHawks are 16-15.

       



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