WEBB CITY, Mo. - Twelve 3-point goals weren't enough for Miami as the Wardogs dropped a 64-55 decision to Webb City here Friday night in the Freeman Classic.
“Their size and athleticism caused us problems,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “We shot the ball well enough. We hung around, but turned the ball over quite a bit more than we're used to. A lot of that had to do with their wingspan and the 1-3-1 they played.”
Jake Roberts pumped in a career-best seven treys - one off the school record of eight held by Michael Anderson.
He was 7 of 9 beyond the arc and finished with 25 points.
Anderson and Trent Turner had two each while James Pickens tossed in one.
Webb City had only three treys, all by Chance Sossamon, but the Cards did have three players score in double figures.
Landon Zerkel led the way with 18 points while Sossamon and Alan Pink added 16 and 15, respectively.
“At times, we adjusted and it looked like we were getting the ball in the right areas, but we were just too inconsistent,” Mercer said.
“We really played a good half-court defense and did what needed to there. The problem was we couldn't defend our turnovers. To turn it over as many times as we did, they got so many points off transition. When you look at it, when we didn't turn over, we scored at a high rate.”
The Wardogs had a season-high 25 turnovers. The most they'd had prior to that was 12.
“We can't turn the ball over that many times, especially somebody like that,” Mercer said. “They create match-up problems everywhere I was proud of our half-court defensive effort. We helped on the post and rebounded fairly well - unless it was in transition.”
The Wardogs, dropping their second straight, used a 10-0 run in the first quarter to grab a 13-5 advantage.
But a time out by Webb City helped the Cards regroup and they went on a 7-2 run to close out the period, then got the first 13 points of the second period to take a 25-15 lead.
Miami never recovered.
The closest the Dogs would get the rest of the night was six points., 39-33 on a bucket from inside by Michael Chesnut with 2:15 left in the third quarter, and then 56-50 with 2:45 left in the game on a trey by Roberts.
Miami had a chance to get to within four, but Chesnut missed the front end of a one-and-one at 2:25.
The Cardinals responded with a trey from Sossamon that started an 8-2 burst that nailed down the win.
“We just couldn't get over the hump,” Mercer said. “They hit some big shots to answer, but we stubbed our toe. We started having some success against their zone and not rely on the ‘3' so much. We got the ball inside, but we couldn't sustain that. We would get away from that and become too perimeter again. We've got to have some more balance.”
Turner joined Roberts in double figures, netting 12 points.
Weather permitting, Miami faced Joplin, Mo., Saturday afternoon then travels to Pryor on Tuesday.
Miami 15 4 17 19 - 55
Webb City, Mo. 12 17 15 20 - 64
Miami - Roberts 25, Turner 12, Anderson 8, Chesnut 7, Pickens 3.
Webb City - Zerkel 18, Sossamon 16, Pink 15, Laveroni 8, Kyle 4, Graham 2, Boudreaux 2.