When the ball left his hand, he knew it was good.
His coach had a good feeling, too.
Isaiah Coleman-Lands hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give Miami a 65-62 win at Wright State on Wednesday. He had hit only one other basket in the game, a 3-pointer in the first half, and didn’t play in the team’s first seven games because of a stress fracture in his shin.
The sophomore guard took a pass from Darrian Ringo and swished a 25-footer from the right wing over the outstretched arm of Cole Gentry.
“I knew it was cash,” he said. “It’s just a lot of repetition. You know whether you’re going to make a shot or not, and I knew it was going in.”
His clutch bucket erased one by the Raiders’ Bill Wampler, who hit a 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left for a 62-62 tie.
The RedHawks had to go the length of the floor. And though Wright State switched to a zone for the first time all season, coach Jack Owens had his team prepared.
“Either way, we were going to space it out and let Ringo drive it. They’d come in, and he was going to kick it out,” said Owens, who had a sense of déjà vu as the ball was in the air.
“He’s been making timely 3’s ever since he was in middle school. I’ve known this kid a long time. At the end of the game, you just want him in,” Owens said.
Coleman-Lands was mobbed by his teammates afterward as a Nutter Center crowd of 4,095 went silent.
“It’s obviously something you practice when you’re young, doing the ‘3-2-1’ clock,” he said. “It was kind of a dream come true. And those are great guys to celebrate with.”
The RedHawks (5-4), who were led by Bam Bowman’s game-high 18 points, trailed by four with 4:33 to go. But they outscored the Raiders, 9-2, over the next 2:31 and took a 60-57 lead when Nike Sibande made one of two free throws.
Gentry knocked down two foul shots to cut it to one with 1:51 left.
After the teams traded empty possessions, Ringo drove and missed, and, after a scrum for the rebound, he grabbed the ball and scored while being fouled with 19 seconds left. He missed the free throw, setting up Wampler’s tying trey.
The Raiders (4-5) came into the game with a plus-3.8 rebounding margin, but the RedHawks had a 38-28 edge on the glass.
“Rebounding was a big factor in the game,” Wright State coach Scott Nagy said. “We got stops and couldn’t finish plays (with defensive rebounds). Our guys know this: You win the glass by 10, your chances of winning are about 100 percent.”
The RedHawks led by 11 early in the second half and didn’t wobble after the Raiders rallied.
“Our theme tonight was, ‘Let’s grow.’ I’ve got a lot of young guys, and we want to take each experience we have and get better,” Owens said.
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