Miami RedHawks, led by Grant’s 25, holds off Western Michigan

Dae Dae Grant


OXFORD, Ohio—Dae Dae Grant scored 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds Tuesday night to help Miami get past Western Michigan 62-57 in Mid-American Conference play at Millett Hall. Mekhi Lairy added 11 points and a game-high six assists for the RedHawks (10-13, 4-8 MAC), who outscored the Broncos (4-20, 0-13 MAC) 38-27 after halftime.


  • After Western Michigan went up by as many as seven points in the early going, the RedHawks battled back to take their first lead at 24-21, with a Grant triple capping a 10-0 Miami spurt.
  • The Broncos responded with the final nine points of the period to take a 30-24 advantage into intermission.
  • WMU matched its largest lead at 44-35 midway through the second half before Miami started its comeback. The RedHawks used a 15-2 run to swing the momentum and take a 50-46 lead with 6:43 to play.
  • Precious Ayah put the RedHawks on top for good at 53-52 with under five minutes to play, and Ayah, Grant, and Lairy made enough plays down the stretch to help Miami finish off a five-point victory.


  • Grant set a new career high with 10 made free throws; the junior finished 10-11 at the line.
  • The RedHawks went 2-2 at the foul line in the first half and 17-22 in the second half.
  • Miami forced 17 Western Michigan turnovers and committed just nine.
  • Grant posted his eighth 20-point game of the season.
  • The RedHawks improved to 53-12 at home all-time vs. WMU.

Miami returns to action at Millett Hall this Saturday, Feb. 12 vs. Bowling Green to wrap up a One Miami Weekend women’s/men’s doubleheader. The women’s game against Central Michigan tips at 1 p.m., with the men’s game against Bowling Green scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. Fans can request free tickets for the doubleheader here with the code ONEMIAMIDAY.