Wednesday, February 4, 2004

No down time for weary RedHawks


Players will face Falcons on short rest

By Mark Schmetzer
Enquirer contributor

OXFORD - After Monday's overtime loss at Ohio Monday, Miami coach Charlie Coles would like nothing better than some time to regroup.

He's getting absolutely no help from the schedule.

The RedHawks play Bowling Green in a Mid-American Conference game at 7 p.m. today at Millett Hall, two days after their disappointing 67-64 loss to the Bobcats.

That's not quite enough time, Coles said.

"This is kind of the time you'd like to have two weeks before you play again," Coles said. "Then you want to torture the players, torture yourself, threaten to quit, quit and come back. You have time to do all of the things you need to do after that kind of loss."

The RedHawks took a three-game winning streak, and wins in six of their last seven games, to Athens, only to blow an 11-point second-half lead to the MAC East Division's last-place team.

"If you look at the OU loss, that's a tough one, because we're a better team than them, I think," Coles said. "We've got to pick up the pieces - quickly."

There's no respite after tonight. Toledo, which is second in the MAC West Division behind Western Michigan, follows Bowling Green into Oxford Saturday. The Rockets (15-4, 9-2) have won six of their last seven games and will have the benefit of a week's rest.

"We're in a tough stretch," Coles said. "This is very important for us. I hate to put pressure on the players and on myself, but it's something we have to deal with."

The Falcons (9-10, 5-4) are tied with Ball State for third place in the MAC West Division after being expected to contend for first place. They lost two consecutive games before beating Marshall 88-73 on Saturday.

Since the RedHawks knocked Bowling Green out of the 2000 MAC Tournament with a 58-56 overtime victory, the Falcons own a five-game winning streak against Miami.

"Ever since we beat them in the (MAC) Tournament - upset them when they were going to the (NCAA) Tournament - they've been hard on us," Coles said.

Bowling Green at Miami

Tipoff: 7 p.m. today, Millett Hall (9,200), Oxford.

Records: Miami 10-7 (6-3 Mid-American Conference), Bowling Green 9-10 (5-4).

Radio: WMOH-AM (1450).

Line: Miami by 6 1/2.

Series: Miami leads 66-44.

BOWLING GREEN

PlayerYr.Ht.PPG
John ReimoldJr.6-615.9
Matt LefeldFr.6-111.7
Kevin NetterSr.6-1012.7
Ron LewisSo.6-417.9
Steven WrightSo.6-35.8
Coach: Dan Dakich (111-83, seventh season; same overall).

MIAMI

PlayerYr.Ht.PPG
Chet MasonJr.6-410.9
Josh HausfeldSo.6-37.8
Juby JohnsonSr.6-515.3
Monty St. ClairFr.6-92.6
Danny HoraceJr.6-69.2

Coach: Charlie Coles (130-100, eighth season; 222-184 overall).




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