“We allowed a good team — a well-coached team — to come into our place and beat us. That’s not going to sit well. The effort was there. Everything was in place to win the game. We just didn’t finish it off.”
Ringo, fifth in the nation with an average of 7.9 assists per game, finished with a team-high 14 points and game-high 11 assists, but he had almost as many turnovers (four) as assists (five) in the second half. The Broncos outscored Miami 12-2 in points off turnovers in the second half and 16-7 in the game.
“He’s a 2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio guy, but we had a stretch where we committed too many turnovers,” Owens said. “Sometimes, you try to hit a home run when you just need to be solid.”
The RedHawks hadn’t trailed and were tied just once at 2-2 before Ringo’s layup gave them a 53-42 lead with 10:14 left. Western Michigan junior guard Bryce Moore, who led four Broncos in double figures with 16 points, gave them their first lead at 57-56 with a personal 8-0 run, which he capped with two free throws with 3:46 left. Western Michigan went on to lead 63-56 with 1:18 remaining.
Miami, which has lost three of its last four games, returns to action with a 7 p.m. home game against Kent State on Tuesday.
• In Saturday’s opener, five Miami women reached double figures, but that balance wasn’t enough to overcome Central Michigan’s whopping rebound advantage as the Chippewas coasted to an 84-66 MAC win.
Junior forward Kendall McCoy led the RedHawks with 18 points. Sophomore guard Lauren Dickerson finished with 13 and senior guard Kayla Brown, junior guard Baleigh Reid and sophomore forward Savannah Kluesner each added 10 for Miami (9-5, 1-2), which has lost two straight games after winning seven in a row.
Central Michigan (11-3, 3-0) outrebounded Miami, 42-30, leading to a 24-6 advantage in second-chance points.