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Miami Redhawks honors former basketball coach Charlie Coles

Charlie Coles

When Charlie Coles announced his retirement as head basketball coach at Miami University last March, most media members wondered if he could actually stay away from Millett Hall, home of the RedHawks.

Well, he has.

The 71-year-old Coles, who still resides in Oxford, Ohio, made his first appearance at a RedHawks game yesterday afternoon.

Miami  honored their long-time coach before the final regular-season home game against Kent State.

Coles retired after 16 seasons on the Miami bench with 263 wins. He is a 1965 graduate of the university.

Before settling in at Miami, Coles, who was always popular with media and fans of opposing Mid-American Conference schools, coached at Central Michigan for six years where he compiled a record of 355-308. While there, he coached Dan Majerle, who went to have an All-Star NBA career.

His 218 wins in MAC games are the most in conference history.

In a recent interview, Coles said that he spends his retirement helping coach his granddaughter Jazz’s sixth-grade AAU basketball team.


Info compiled from Miami University, Mid-American Conference, Radio & TV news

Wright State wins close affair at tough Millett Hall, 51-49


The Wright State men’s basketball team nearly saw a five-point lead slip away in the final minute, but held on for a 51-49 win over the Miami RedHawks Saturday at Millett Hall.

The Raiders rebounded from a tough loss at Air Force to win at one of the toughest basketball arenas to play in.

Miami jumped out to a 9-1 lead on threes by Julian Mavunga, Will Sullivan and Josh Sewell three minutes into the contest and the margin was seven until an 8-0 WSU run, capped off by a Reggie Arceneaux three, put the Raiders up for the first time at 16-15 at the 4:27 mark.

The one-point lead then seesawed between the two teams the rest of the half before the RedHawks went into the break up 22-21 on a Mavunga dunk in the final minute.

Cole Darling led WSU with 13 points

Back-to-back Cole Darling three put Wright State up 29-25 with 16:29 remaining and the lead grew to 34-27 on an Arceneaux three-point play at the 14:44 mark.

Miami tied it at 37 on a Mavunga free throw with 8:13 left, but Armond Battle gave the Raiders the lead for good with a three and the WSU lead was 50-45 on two Julius Mays foul shots with 56 seconds remaining.

Jon Harris, however, cut the margin to two with a three-pointer and the RedHawks looked to be in position to tie the game as Mavunga went to the foul line with 2.1 seconds left.

Mavunga made the first, but missed the second and after Battle gathered in the rebound, he hit the first of two free throws at the 0.5-second mark.  Battle intentionally missed the second and Miami missed a desperation shot as time expired.

WSU shot 34 percent for the game compared to 30 percent for the RedHawks.

Darling was the only Raider in double figures as he scored 13 off the bench.  Arceneaux and Mays each had eight.

Mavunga led Miami (2-5) with a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds while Harris had 10 off the bench.

Wright State (4-6) faces another local rival on Wednesday, December 14, as the Raiders host Cincinnati in a 7:00 contest that will be televised on ESPN2.


Game Press Release courtesy of Wright State media relations

Miami RedHawks rally to defeat Troy University

Millett Hall (photo by Jmess1534 via Wikipedai Commons)

The Miami RedHawks survived a nine-point deficit to rally in the final 5:40 in the second half to beat the Troy University Trojans, 80-73 in Millett Hall.

Julian Mavunga and Orlando Williams each scored 16 points to lead the way for the RedHawks.

Miami evens its record at 5-5.

Troy drops to 1-7.

compiled from Miami University athletics

Charlie Coles and Miami earn 4th seed in upcoming MAC Tourney

Courtesy of Miami University

Charlie Coles all-time leader in MAC coaching wins (DDN)

With Kent State’s win at Akron on Friday evening in the final regular season Mid-American Conference game, Miami University’s men’s basketball team earned the number 4 seed in the 2010 FirstEnergy MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament. They’ll face the winner of the game between the 5th seeded Buffalo Bulls and 12th seed Toledo at 9 p.m. on Thursday March 11 in the quarterfinals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Miami and Buffalo finished MAC play tied at 9-7, splitting the regular season home-and-home series. Both teams also split regular-season series with number 1 seed Kent State, taking the tiebreaker to number 2 seed Central Michigan. Miami defeated the Chippewas in the lone meeting between the two teams, and the Bulls lost to CMU during the regular season.

Miami earns a first-round bye in the MAC Tournament for the seventh time in the last eight years, having earned five-straight first-round byes from 2003-2007. Miami is the number 4 seed for just the fourth time in its 29 MAC Tournament appearances and is the number 4 seed for the second straight season. Miami was the number 4 seed in 2007 and won the MAC Tournament during a thrilling run.

In 20 seasons as a head coach in the Mid-American Conference, Charlie Coles’ coached squads have never missed a conference tournament and have at least advanced to the quarterfinals since the league expanded to the all-inclusive format in 1999-2000.

The RedHawks are (13-17) are fresh from a 73-62 win over Buffalo on Thursday evening in the final game at Millett Hall for seniors Kenny Hayes, Adam Fletcher and Michael Aluise.

Miami RedHawks surprise Buffalo on Senior Night, 73-62

Kenny Hayes scored 17 points (mu)

Adam Fletcher "heart and soul" of the team (mu)

Oxford, O.- The Miami RedHawks honored their senior class Thursday night at Millett Hall. Kenny Hayes, Adam Fletcher and walk-on Michael Aluise were honored before the game with their families by their side in a very emotional moment. At this time of the year across college basketball, teams are saying ” goodbye and thank you ” to their seniors for all of the greatest moments good and bad. After all, for four and five years, these players are a part of a community and a fans life.

Usually on senior night, every team wants to go out and post a win so those players can have pleasant memories for playing in the final home game of their college careers. But sometimes the opponent will not cooperate because they are better than the home team or they want to spoil the celebration and win the game for themselves.

Thursday night, Miami had a tough opponent to overcome. The Buffalo Bulls, a fellow member of the Mid-American Conference, East Division. The Bulls are athletic, physical, quick, explosive and deep on their bench. They throttled Miami up on Lake Erie, January 9, 73-55. The Bulls had beaten Miami three games in a row, eventhough the RedHawks led the overall series at 17-7. Also, the Bulls have an experienced and talented senior class of five, Sean Smiley, Rodney Pierce, John Boyer, Calvin Betts and Max Boudreau. That quintet of players have been responsible for the rebirth of Buffalo basketball by winning in order: 23, 19, and 21 games in 3 of the past 5 years.

Miami ended up winning the basketball game, 73-62, but early on, they had their hands full trying to slow down Buffalo who started off shooting 66.7% in the first 5:13 of the game.

Miami had trouble getting the ball inside and if it wasn’t for Julian Mavunga’s play early on, they might’ve been blown out. The RedHawks had trouble guarding Mitchell Watt who had 11 points and was one of the reasons why Miami had 7 team fouls to only 2 for Buffalo at the 4:09 mark of the first half. And Buffalo showed why they are one of the top rebounding teams in the MAC; pounding out an 18-9 advantage at that point of the game.

After a media timeout at the 3:12 mark, Miami came and took control of the game the rest of the first half. Led by Kenny Hayes, Julian Mavunga and backup point guard Kramer Soderberg turned the score from 23-22 Buffalo to a halftime score of 33-29, a run of 11-6 where they played solid defense and forced Buffalo into some quick shooting.

The halftime stats favored Buffalo across the board: Mitchell Watt with 11 points and Max Boudreau scoring 8 off the bench; outrebounding the RedHawks, 18-13.

In the second half, Miami showed why they’re 9-3 at home and 6-1 in MAC play at home this season. The RedHawks started to get good ball movement on offense and their bench started outshining Buffalo’s bench, which is one of the best in the MAC. Miami rolled up a 49-40 advantage at the 11:15 media timeout. Buffalo was still controlling the backboards at 24-14, but Miami was shooting 59% from the floor and pushed the lead 16, 58-42 and the 13th win of the season was secured as long as the RedHawks made their free throws and took care of the ball which they did. Buffalo did manage to cut the lead down to a three possession game but the RedHawks were just so resilient on this special night, that they weren’t going to be denied a hard-fought win.

A small, but raucous crowd of 1,486 at Millett Hall witnessed Miami outscore  Buffalo 34-26 in the paint, 23-12 off the bench, shoot 16 of 22 on free throws and shoot the ball well, 50% from the field and take a good selection of 3 point field goals, 5 of 10 for 50%.

Leading the way was senior point guard Kenny Hayes with 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting; Julian Mavunga 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting and Antonio Ballard 13 points and 9 rebounds. The RedHawks improve to 13-17, 9-7 in the MAC East.

The Bulls, despite not shooting well in the game, 36.1%, was kept in the game by grabbing 40 rebounds, 20 on the offensive and 20 defensive and 16 of 21 from the free throw line. Mitchell Watt led the way with 17 points, Rodney Pierce added 16, but he was 3 of 13 from the floor and Calvin Betts led the way on the boards, pulling down 12. The Bulls dropped to 17-11 and 9-7 in the MAC East.

Both teams will now turn their attention to the MAC tournament which will start on campus sites on Sunday March 7.

SOUNDS FROM THE POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE(to listen to audio file, click the number)

44 431 Kenny Hayes Miami Guard They had to win this game heading to MAC tourney….44 432 Kenny Hayes The difference in the two games with Buffalo splitting series….44 434 Julian Mavunga Miami Forward On his aggressiveness on offense tonight….44 435 Julian Mavunga On teammate Adam Fletcher playing hurt a quad contusion….44 410 Kenny Hayes It was Senior Night at Millett Hall an emotional event for him….44 411 Kenny Hayes It is unusual that he may never play another game at Millett Hall….44 412 Kenny Hayes Miami has made strides this season after a tough early schedule….44 415 Kenny Hayes Playing against Kentucky and UCLA in his career


* Buffalo’s Rodney Pierce has over 500 points this season. He is the seventh player in school history to do so. He is also a 1,000 point scorer, 16th in school history.

* Calvin Betts played in his 120th game last night, ranking him fourth in school history.

* The Bulls have 8 road wins this season, tying a school record. Kent State also has 8 wins on the road.

* Another winning season for the Bulls, 5th time in the 7 years that they’ve won 17 or more games. Before 2003-04, they won 17 games only nine times in the first 85 years of the program.

* Buffalo is getting good production off the bench, averaging 23,8 ppg. They’ve scored at least 21 points in 13 of their 15 Mid-American Conference games. The highest point total off the bench is 30 vs. Bowling Green.

* Buffalo head coach Reggie Witherspoon has 143 career wins at the school which is 3rd all-time, with 119 of those coming in the last seven years.

* Miami leads the MAC in blocked shots at 4.33, 3.72 in all games.

* Miami leads the MAC in scoring defense, giving up 61 ppg.

* Miami ends up 10-3 at home in all games, 7-1 in MAC games.

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