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Campbellsville University men’s basketball did not have the season opener it wanted Friday, falling 83-74 to the University of Miami-Middletown (Ohio) in the Giovanni’s Tip-off Classic at the University of Rio Grande.
“We didn’t take the game seriously,” CU head coach Keith Adkins said. “We tried to talk to our guys about some things that Miami-Middletown did last year. That’s all the information we had on them was last year’s stats and results. They’d played well against some really good teams. When you approach a game the way we did, you get the result you got.”
Miami-Middletown hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the game and never looked back for their first win of the season. The lead stretched to 44-30 at half-time and remained double figures for most of the second half. The Tigers chipped away at the deficit in the final 10 minutes, pulling within a basket (69-67) with 3:41 remaining, but that was the closest CU was all night.
“Defensively we could not get stops when we needed to, and we fouled too much. When you get out-scored by 14 at the free throw line you’re going to have trouble winning,” Adkins said.
Miami-Middletown converted 24 of its 33 free throws, while the Tigers were 10-15 at the charity stripe.
First-year Tigers Justin Ennis and Malik Thomas both scored 20 to lead CU while Jordan Myers had 10. Rilwan Bakare led CU’s bench with 10 points.
Tiger senior Jonas Bohm had a third of CU’s 34 rebounds, grabbing 12. CU limited UMM to 23.
Campbellsville (0-1) played Ohio University-Chillicothe over the weekend at Rio Grande and will visit Life (Ga.) University on Saturday.