Sunday, February 8, 2004

Coles puts on running shoes to fight cancer

Miami notebook

By Mark Schmetzer
Enquirer contributor

OXFORD - The members of the Miami coaching staff wore sneakers during the RedHawks' game against Toledo Saturday as part of the National Coaches vs. Cancer Awareness Day, a nationwide event sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Miami coach Charlie Coles lost his mother, Mary, to cancer in 1973, and his wife, Delores, has survived two bouts with cancer with the help of chemotherapy and radiation, Coles said.

ST. CLAIR SCORELESS: RedHawks freshman Monty St. Clair had averaged 10.4 points a game over Miami's last five games, but he was 0-for-4 from the field while going scoreless in 17 minutes against Toledo.

"They were playing a funny defense," Miami senior guard Juby Johnson said. "They really worked at taking Monty's shots away."

HALL OF FAME: Six former athletes were inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame during halftime ceremonies: the late Russ Gigant, class of 1956, football; Dave Hasbach, 1974, baseball; Kent McCormick, 1981, football; Sandy Secoy, 1982, volleyball; Julie Howell, 1993, basketball; and Bobby Marshall, 1994, ice hockey.

HIT THE ROAD: The RedHawks go on the road for their next two games, Wednesday at Akron and next Monday at Ball State. The Cardinals are the only West Division team MU will play twice this season.

Miami beat Akron 68-60 in Oxford on Jan. 10.

Ball State handed the RedHawks their only Mid-American Conference home loss, 68-60, Jan. 17.

Miami's next home game is Feb. 18 against Ohio.

HIT OR MISS: The RedHawks made their first three 3-pointers and scored on each of their first five possessions, but they missed their next 12 before William Hatcher hit one from the left corner with 6:52 left in the game.

The shot was Miami's first field goal in a span of seven minutes and 20 seconds.

Junior Danny Horace, who had been bothered by an injured right ankle, made his first start since Miami's game against Cincinnati on Dec. 27. He'd missed nine starts.

STINGY REDHAWKS: Miami held Toledo, the MAC's highest-scoring team, to 16 points below its season average.

MILLETT CROWD: Saturday's crowd of 4,318 was Miami's largest in six MAC home games this season.

MORE STATISTICS: Miami took the halftime lead for the ninth consecutive game. The RedHawks are 11-2 in games they lead at the half.

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