You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

live video

Thousands gather at Women’s March on Washington D.C.

RedHawks limp to the finish

He was hoping for better in his first season at the Miami University men’s basketball helm, but John Cooper is a realist. He knew this would take time.

The RedHawks are heading into today’s regular-season finale at Ohio with some unpleasant history on their backs, and a first-round road trip in the Mid-American Conference tournament looms Monday.

Miami is 8-20, clinching its second (and second straight) 20-loss season. Miami is 3-12 in the MAC, and a loss to the Bobcats would seal the worst conference season in school history. Miami is riding an eight-game losing streak, its worst in a season since losing 12 straight in 1932-33.

Those facts stand for results on the court. MU was technically 5-23 overall and 1-15 in the MAC with an 18-game losing streak in 1988-89, but only because of eight NCAA-mandated forfeits.

“I wouldn’t say I’m shocked,” Cooper said. “I didn’t come into the year blind to anything that could happen. I didn’t know if we’d win 20 games or lose 20. The things that you worry about — rebounding and shooting — have really played themselves out throughout the season. And I didn’t know we’d have some of the injuries we’ve had.”

The RedHawks have lost three players (Bill Edwards, Drew McGhee, Allen Roberts) to season-ending knee injuries. The squad also has 10 single-digit defeats.

The rivalry matchup against Ohio (22-8, 13-2) should get the juices flowing.

“If you can’t get excited for that game, there’s something wrong with you,” Miami senior center Vince Legarza said. “What’s the worst that can happen? We’re going to go over there and give them everything we’ve got.”

It’s Senior Day for the Bobcats, and five players will be honored. Included will be point guard D.J. Cooper, one of the top players in MAC history.

Ohio is the No. 2 seed behind Akron in the conference tournament. The Bobcats made it all the way to the NCAA Sweet 16 last season.

“This time of year, it’s about hunger,” OU coach Jim Christian said. “Who wants it more? You’re going to see guys, seniors, all across this league fighting as hard as they can to get to the NCAA tournament. We have to have that same kind of fight.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

High School Results for 1/20: Stivers boys win in overtime
High School Results for 1/20: Stivers boys win in overtime

The Stivers boys basketball team ended the game with five unanswered points to edge Belmont 54-51 in overtime on Friday night. Tony Boddie led the way with 23 points and Trevon Ellis added nine, including the tying basket and go-ahead free throw in OT. Miles Clark hit a pair of foul shots with two seconds to play that iced the game for Stivers (8-6)...
Springfield celebrates Davis’ birthday with win
Springfield celebrates Davis’ birthday with win

It may have been Danny Davis’ birthday on Friday night, but he did the gift giving. Davis gave Springfield fans a performance to remember in the Wildcats’ 70-64 win over Fairmont. He scored 26 points, including a dunk in the last minute to help secure the victory. But as important as his scoring was, Springfield coach Isaiah Carson said...
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville

By the end of the first quarter Friday night, the net Catholic Central was shooting through might have been hot to the touch. Seven 3-pointers and 29 points created a lot of friction. When it was time to cool off at the quarter break the Irish had a 25-point lead on the way to a 68-41 Ohio Heritage Conference victory over Cedarville. “That&rsquo...
What to watch this weekend in sports
What to watch this weekend in sports

The NFL’s conference championship games are this weekend, but that’s not all.  Here is what you’ll want to watch this weekend in sports:  Archie Miller’s crew plays host to Saint Louis at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.  No. 2 Louisville is at No. 10 Florida State on ESPN at 2 p.m.  At 4, flip it over to CBS...
March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness
March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness

It’s never to early to think about the NCAA tournament. Seven weeks before Selection Sunday, here’s a rundown of where the Dayton Flyers (14-4) stand in the minds of the experts as they seek a school record fourth straight trip to the big dance. With an RPI of 26, Dayton’s chances look good at this point, but its shortage of top-50...
More Stories