Miami Redhawks Men’s Basketball News: Visits Indiana in the Hoosier Classic this afternoon 5:30 PM



SUNDAY’S GAME: The RedHawks travel to play Indiana University at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. This is Miami’s fifth game of the season and it will take place at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.

ABOUT INDIANA: Head coach Mike Woodson enters his second season with the Hoosiers after taking over the program on March 28, 2021. Coach Woodson began coaching in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1996. While coaching in the NBA, he served as a head coach for the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks before making his transition to collegiate athletics.

THE SERIES WITH THE HOOSIERS: Sunday will mark the 25th meeting all-time between Miami and Indiana. The first contest was in 1925; the RedHawks fell 26-47. Miami last defeated Indiana 63-57 in 1983.

UP NEXT: Miami hosts the University of Arkansas at Little Rock at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. 

THROWING BEAUXS: In Anderson Mirambeaux’s first game with the RedHawks, he set a career-high 27 points. Mirambeaux also led the team with eight rebounds and added an additional two assists against Evansville. Up to this point, Mirambeaux is second in points scored for the RedHawks, averaging 15.8 per game. 

MEKHI LAIRY: Among the returners is fifth-year senior Mekhi Lairy, who set Miami’s single-season free-throw percentage record a year ago and currently holds the career free-throw percentage record. Lairy, who averaged 13.6 ppg in 2021-22, posted his 1,000th career point a year ago and is on pace to break Miami’s career games played record this season. Lairy now has 1,248 career points. He is in 19th place on the program’s all-time list after passing Danny Horace and Phil Lumpkin on Thursday. Against Georgia, Lairy also surpassed his college career-high in points (34) and produced the first 30-point game for a RedHawk since Mar. 9, 2020 (Nike Sibande, 31)

STAND AND DELIVER: One of the most efficient free throw shooters in the conference, 5th year senior guard Mekhi Lairy ranked first in the MAC in free-throw percentage in the 2021-22 season. His .915 (2021-22) free throw percentage ranks first on Miami’s single-season list and his .858 career free-throw percentage also ranks first. Lairy hit 29 consecutive free throws from Nov. 27 through Jan. 29. He was perfect from the free-throw line in 18 of the 25 games where he attempted a free-throw shot. Mekhi has started the 2022-23 season 21-22 from the free throw line. 

NEW FACES, NEW PLACES: Two RedHawks had double-doubles in Miami’s game versus Goshen College. Sophomore transfer Julian Lewis made his season debut, tying his career-high of 17 points and setting a new career-high of 10 rebounds. Freshman Billy Smith recorded 11 points, 12 rebounds, six steals, and four assists. Lewis and Smith currently lead Miami with 6.3 rebounds per game. This year the RedHawks boast five freshmen, three sophomores, three juniors, three seniors, and a fifth year senior. Three of these players are finding a new home in Oxford after transferring to Miami University this season. 

DEFENSE: In the second game against Goshen College Miami forced 27 turnovers. This is the most for a RedHawk opponent since Nov. 17, 2015 (Kenyon, 24 turnovers). Miami recorded 18 steals (second highest in program history), led by freshman Billy Smith with six total.

INCOMING TALENT:Julian Lewis is a guard from William & Mary where he averaged 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He recorded a career-high of 17 points versus Delaware and a career-high of eight assists against Valparaiso. As a freshman, Lewis was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team. 

Morgan Safford is a guard from Wofford College. During his tenure he averaged 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. He recorded a career-high of 21 points versus Coastal Carolina as a redshirt freshman. During his first campaign, Safford was named to the 2020-2021 Southern Conference All-Freshman Team.

Anderson Mirambeaux is a center/forward from Cleveland State University. While attending he averaged 1.5 pts, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.7 assists with the Vikings. Prior to Cleveland State, Mirambeaux attended Trinity Valley Community College. At TVCC he averaged 13.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.