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Indiana dominates Miami

Freshman guard Ryan Mabrey scored 13 points in just under 31 minutes to lead Miami, which falls to 3-5. Mekhi Lairy, senior guard in his fifth year, scored 12 goals in over 28 minutes before leaving with an apparent right leg injury.

The Sycamores led by as much as 37 points, passed Miami 39-32 and forced 16 turnovers while commencing just 10. They shot 49.2 percent (30 of 61) from the field, including 47.1 percent on 3-point limit Miami on 33.9 percent (19 of 56) overall and 15.8 percent (3 of 19) on 3 -pointers. The RedHawks finished the game with four assists.

“First and foremost, Indiana State has to be given a lot of credit,” Travis Steele, Miami first-year coach. “This is a great team. They have improved significantly compared to last season. They showed hardness at both ends. They set the rules with their physicality. They are big and strong and bullied us. Officials will call the game what they call the game and we have to accept that. Our transitional defense that we worked on was terrible.

“Our 16 turnovers show we haven’t embraced the physicality of the game. They hit 16 3s because they got open looks. You dare not shoot. On defense we were a joke.”

The Sycamores were never behind after McCauley potted a 3-pointer for a 3-2 lead. They took command with a 15-0 run that resulted in a 50-24 lead late in the first half. McCauley, who started the game averaging 15.9 points per game, went 24-15 in the first half while going 5-for-7 with 3 points.

Indiana State shot from the field with 59.4 percent (19 of 32), including 11 of 19 (57.9 percent) with 3-pointers while building a 30-point (58-38) lead at halftime. The RedHawks managed 32 percent (8 of 25) and 25 percent (2 of 8) on 3-pointers overall.

Mabrey scored 10 points to lead Miami in the first half. The RedHawks were 10 of 11 on free throws at halftime.

“I told the guys at halftime that we were going to play ourselves,” Steele said. “There were a lot of blank faces.”

The RedHawks are taking a week of trials before returning to Millett Hall Court at 1:00 p.m. Saturday to take on Calumet College of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II. Whiting, Indiana’s Crimson Wave play at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

They are scheduled to resume their first consecutive road games of the season on December 14 in Cincinnati and December 17 at Bellarmine in Louisville, Kentucky.

Steele plans to use the time to focus on defense and rebounds. Safford has additional priorities for himself and fellow co-captains Lairy and Anderson Mirambeaux.

“It’s up to me, Mekhi and Anderson to challenge everyone in practice,” Safford said. “We have to do a much better job. We hope to get better and we will be better.”

SATURDAY GAME

Calumet College in Miami, 1 p.m., 980, 1450

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