Thursday, January 22, 1998
Estick takes over for Miami

The Cincinnati Enquirer

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A little good has come out of all the bad things that have happened to the Miami University men's basketball team over the last few weeks.

''John Estick has become a leader,'' Miami coach Charlie Coles said on his postgame radio show.

Estick led Miami to 71-54 victory over Marshall here Wednesday night. Estick, a 6-foot-7 junior, scored 13 points and pulled down 18 rebounds. He was 6-of-7 from the floor.

Damon Frierson led Miami with 25 points. He became the 26th MU player to score more than 1,000 points in his career, pushing his total 1,006.

The RedHawks (9-7, 3-5) broke a three-game losing streak. Marshall falls to 6-9 and 3-5.

Before the game, Estick spoke in the locker room.

''He said, 'Coach, we're going to win the game,' '' Coles said. ''I said, 'Don't say that.' He said, 'That's what we're going to do.'

''He played his part.''

The RedHawks broke open a close game in the second half by shooting 68 percent in the second half.

Marshall was still within three at 49-46 with 8:48 to go. But the RedHawks went on a 9-0 run - the two coming on a Frierson slam - to take 58-46 lead. The Thundering Herd would not get closer than eight the rest of the way.

Miamiy shot 51 percent overall. They had been shooting 38.1 percent over the last three games.

Coles was more pleased with the defense and rebounding. Miami held Marshall to 37.5 percent shooting and outrebounded the Herd 39-37.

''We wanted to defend and outrebound them,'' Coles said. ''We did that. We only outrebounded them by two, but we'll take it. That was our best defensive effort in a long time.''

Miami got another strong effort from Anthony Taylor. He had 17 points, five assists and just one turnover. He had turned it over seven times against Kent the last time out.

Taylor has scored 35 points in the last two games after scoring only 20 in the previous three.

''Anthony played great,'' Coles said.


MIAMI (71)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Lethunya        27  3-10   0-0   2-4  1  4    6
Estick          40   6-7   1-1  5-18  2  3   13
Ensminger       30   1-1   0-0   3-9  0  3    2
Taylor          37  8-16   1-2   1-3  5  1   17
Frierson        40  8-18   8-8   1-2  3  3   25
Chapman          1   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    2
Lackaff         14   2-4   0-0   0-0  1  1    6
Smith            1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Allendorf        9   0-0   0-0   0-2  1  0    0
Szczerbiak       1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 29-57 10-11 12-38 13 15   71
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Percentages: FG-.509, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Lethunya 0-2, Taylor 0-4, Frierson 1-4, Lackaff 2-4). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 14 (Frierson 5, Estick 4, Lethunya 3, Ensminger, Taylor). Steals: 7 (Estick 2, Frierson 2, Taylor 2, Lethunya).

MARSHALL (54) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp King 30 4-8 0-1 4-4 1 3 9 Wright 33 9-17 1-5 9-13 1 2 19 Mckelvey 35 3-9 0-0 3-8 0 2 6 Burgess 37 4-14 1-1 0-2 7 2 12 Young 33 3-11 0-1 2-6 2 3 6 Gray 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Morton 7 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Dobbs 13 0-2 0-1 0-1 0 1 0 Carafelli 5 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 24-64 2-9 18-37 12 14 54 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.222. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (King 1-2, Wright 0-1, Burgess 3-9, Young 0-3, Dobbs 0-1). Team rebounds: None. Blocked shots: 3 (Wright, King, Morton). Turnovers: 16 (Young 4, Dobbs 3, Gray 2, King 2, Mckelvey 2, Morton 2, Burgess). Steals: 5 (Young 2, Burgess, King, Wright). __________________________________ Miami 26 45 - 71 Marshall 23 31 - 54 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. A: 4,508. Officials: Sam Lickliter, Mike Foote, Tim Fogarty.

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