CANCUN, Mexico – Alex Olah and Vic Law scored 13 points apiece as Northwestern held off Miami (Ohio) 55-46 on Tuesday, advancing to face Northern Iowa in the Cancun Challenge championship game Wednesday.
Northern Iowa knocked off Virginia Tech earlier in the day.
Miami (2-2) trailed much of the second half, but tied it at 40 with 6:12 remaining on a pair of Eric Washington free throws. Northwestern (5-0) then went on a 9-0 run, punctuated by Vic Law's 3-pointer, and held off the game Redhawks.
Both teams started slowly and the game was tied five times in the first half, the latest at 25 with 3:14 left. Scottie Lindsey made a jumper before Tre Demps drilled a 3-pointer at the first half buzzer to put Northwestern up by six at intermission. Demps finished with 11 points.
Washington led the Redhawks with 12 points, while Logan McLane and Chris Bryant had eight apiece.