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LACK OF REBOUNDING PLAGUES UB IN LOSS AT MIAMI OF OHIO

Miami of Ohio University's men's basketball team made quick work of the University at Buffalo Saturday afternoon in their Mid-American Conference game at Millett Hall.

The Red Hawks clicked off the game's first 11 points and never surrendered the lead on their way to a 75-54 victory before 2,181. Miami led by as many as 21 points in the second half after taking a 36-21 lead into halftime.

The loss dropped UB to 3-14 overall, 1-7 in the MAC. It was the Bulls' third straight loss since their lone conference victory over Central Michigan.

Mike McKie, who had 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting, was the lone bright spot for UB. None of the other Bulls scored in double figures.

Senior guard Anthony Taylor had 17 points for Miami. Senior point guard Rob Mestas added 15 and Jason Stewart, a transfer from Furman and son of former Michigan star Dennis Stewart, had 12 off the bench.

"It seemed like they controlled the pace of the game," said UB interim coach Reggie Witherspoon, who credited much of that to the steady play of Mestas, who had seven assists and only three turnovers.

"That's the advantage of having an experienced point guard. It's difficult to rattle that team (with defensive pressure) because he (Mestas) is very much in control of the game."

Mestas' seven assists were more than UB's team total (five). "We haven't had a game all year when we've had more assists than turnovers," Witherspoon said.

Another area where UB was deficient was on the defensive boards. Miami scored 30 of its points in the paint, 18 on second-chance shots. The Red Hawks also had 28 points after UB turnovers.

"Giving them 30 points in the paint is a clear indication that they got too many offensive rebounds," Witherspoon said. "Fourteen offensive rebounds, that's too many for anybody.

"Compounding that, on the other end we got the ball inside and weren't able to convert at all."

Damien Foster and Kerry Hendrickson returned to action for the Bulls after sitting out one-game suspensions.

UB was scheduled to practice at Millett Hall today, then head back to Buffalo for Monday night's MAC home game against Akron at Alumni Arena. Game time is 8 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30 home tipoff.

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