Precious Ayah, a fifth-year senior forward, led both teams in rebounds with 11. He added eight points.
“It was great,” Owens said. “It was good. They ran some good stuff against us. It was good to get some guys some playing time. I liked the way we responded in the second half. We gave up some drives that we’ll look at on film, and we had 10 turnovers. We’re not a team that turns the ball over much.
“We had a scrimmage a where we had to play at a high level in the second half. I think we got better on both sides of the ball tonight.”
Junior guard Dae Dae Grant, who was named to the MAC pre-season all-conference second team on Tuesday, did not play against Capital because of a coach’s decision. The 6-foot-2 guard was a third-team all-conference pick last season. Grant is expected to play in Miami’s opener at Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
Miami returns 12 players, including all five starters, from the team that finished the 2020-2021 season 12-11 overall and 9-8 in the MAC, but the RedHawks were picked as the MAC’s seventh-best team in the conference preseason coaches’ poll.
The RedHawks are due to play Lamar in their home opener on Nov. 13 at Millett Hall. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Basketball will look a little different at Miami this season. Parking in the Millett Hall West Lot will be free. Tickets are digital, concessions are cashless, and fans are expected to wear face coverings in the arena.
Capital, an NCAA Division III team that competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference, is coached by former University of Dayton star Damon Goodwin. The Comets’ roster includes sophomore guard Carter Combs from Lakota West and sophomore point guard David Sanford from Springfield High School. Sanford scored seven points in just over 18 minutes.