Tuesday, January 6, 1998
Miami withers without Wally
Frierson lone RedHawk in double digits

The Cincinnati Enquirer

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Miami's first game without injured star Wally Szczerbiak was a disaster.

Western Michigan defeated the RedHawks 63-47 Monday night in the Mid-American Conference.

Junior Damon Frierson scored 20 points for the RedHawks (7-4, 1-2 MAC), who managed only 18 first-half points and had no other double-figure scorer.

Rashod Johnson had 22 points and four steals and Saddi Washington added 17 for the Broncos (9-3, 3-1 MAC).

Miami's total points were its fewest since a Jan. 10, 1996 loss to Toledo.

''I think we could have made it a little more exciting with Wally on the floor, but I'm not sure we could have beaten them,'' Miami coach Charlie Coles said. ''They're a very good team.''

Szczerbiak was leading Miami in scoring (24.5 points per game) and rebounding (6.9 per game) when he broke his wrist during the first half of Saturday's 86-65 victory at Central Michigan.

The junior forward from Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., was the nation's second-ranked scorer going into the weekend. Szczerbiak will be sidelined four to six weeks.

Miami committed 24 turnovers, 16 in the first half.

''It would have been a great game if we didn't have 24 turnovers,'' Coles said.

The RedHawks led 16-11 with 12:18 remaining in the first half, but were outscored by Western Michigan 17-2. Miami's two points were free throws.

Western Michigan finished the first half with a 13-0 run to open a 28-18 halftime lead.

The RedHawks will return home for games against Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. Thursday and Toledo on Saturday.

 
MIAMI  (47)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Lethunya        32   3-7   1-2   0-3  0  0    7
Ensminger       25   0-1   3-4   0-5  1  3    3
Locklier        28   2-3   3-3   1-3  4  2    7
Taylor          38   2-4   2-2   1-2  2  3    6
Frierson        40  6-13   5-7   0-4  2  3   20
Alexander        6   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Lackaff          5   0-2   0-0   2-2  0  0    0
Estick          22   2-3   0-0   0-7  0  5    4
Allendorf        4   0-1   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 15-35 14-18  4-27  9 16   47
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Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Lethunya 0-1, Frierson 3-6, Alexander 0-1, Lackaff 0-1). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 2 (Ensminger, Locklier). Turnovers: 24 (Frierson 6, Estick 4, Taylor 4, Lethunya 3, Alexander 2, Locklier 2, Allendorf, Ensminger, Lackaff). Steals: 3 (Ensminger, Frierson, Taylor).

WESTERN MICH (63) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 30 5-7 2-2 5-9 0 3 12 Toothman 33 0-2 0-0 2-4 4 1 0 Kimbrough 38 3-10 2-2 1-3 4 3 8 Johnson 30 8-15 3-4 1-3 2 4 22 Jones 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Washington 35 5-14 6-6 0-3 3 3 17 Bullock 17 2-7 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Vantimmeren 10 0-0 0-2 2-4 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 23-57 13-16 11-26 13 14 63 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.404, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Kimbrough 0-1, Johnson 3-7, Jones 0-1, Washington 1-5, Bullock 0-2). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 2 (Jackson 2). Turnovers: 8 (Johnson 2, Washington 2, Bullock, Kimbrough, Toothman, Vantimmeren). Steals: 12 (Johnson 4, Bullock 2, Kimbrough 2, Jackson, Jones, Toothman, Washington). __________________________________ Miami 19 28 - 47 Western Mich 28 35 - 63 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. A: 2,518. Officials: Glenn Mayborg, Larry Schmackel, Mike Mckee.

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