Sunday, February 23, 2003
RedHawks suffer costly loss in big win
Horace ejected, faces 2-game suspension; Coles may appeal
By Rodney McKissic
Special to the Enquirer
AMHERST, N.Y. - At perhaps the most critical juncture of the season and with the league tournament's No. 1 seed in sight, the Miami RedHawks must survive the next two games without forward Danny Horace.
Horace, Miami's best frontcourt player, was ejected for fighting during the RedHawks' 63-35 win over Buffalo on Saturday at Alumni Arena and will serve a mandatory two-game suspension under Mid-American Conference rules.
Horace will sit out against MAC West Division foes Northern Illinois and Bowling Green. Miami coach Charlie Coles said he might consider an appeal because he wasn't clear if Horace indeed was fighting.
"I'm anxious to see how this one goes down," Coles said.
Horace's suspension comes at a pivotal time for the RedHawks, who are still in position to gain a No. 1 seed in the MAC Tournament. Miami (12-11, 10-4) is in second place in the East Division behind Kent State (18-6, 11-5), which lost a non-league game against Hawaii on Saturday. Horace, the RedHawks' second-leading scorer (12.1 ppg.) and rebounder (5.9 rpg.), had a game-high 10 points when he was ejected for fighting with Buffalo's B.J. Walker, a former Mount Healthy High forward, with just more than two minutes remaining in the first half.
"If we lose this kid, it's big," Coles said. "He's our guy. He's a kid who jumps through the whole crowd and gets a rebound. He was beginning to have a good game (Saturday), but we'll look at it and see and go from there."
The outcomes of the RedHawks' next two games have to be more intriguing than Saturday's game against sleepwalking Buffalo (4-19, 1-13), playing its third consecutive game without leading scorer Turner Battle, who is out for the season with a fractured finger.
The game didn't get interesting until Horace's ejection after throwing a punch toward Walker that didn't land. Double technical fouls were assessed to Horace and Walker, and when it was announced Horace was ejected, Coles stomped and yelled in the face of referee Kenneth Turner before being restrained by his assistants.
"Our guys kept their composure for the whole game, but I wish I could say the same for myself," Coles said. "But I coach Miami and I coach Danny Horace and I know what Danny gives to us on and off the court, so I'm in his corner. If there's corners, then I'll go in his corner."
The fact is, Miami, winner of eight of its last 10 games, didn't need Horace to beat Buffalo.
Team rebounds: 4.
Team rebounds: 0.
Attendance-3,073. 3-point goals-Miami 8-23 (Reed 0-2, Horace 0-1, Hausfeld 3-5, Mason 0-2, Johnson 3-8, Drake 0-2, Williams 0-1, Schenke 1-1, Hatcher 1-1); Buffalo 4-24 (Bortz 0-1, Bird 1-8, Lawrence 0-4, Gilbert 1-4, Cage 1-5, Middleton 1-2). Technical fouls-Horace (M), Walker (B). Officials-Fouser, Costain, Turner.
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