Off to a Quick Start

Head Coach Frank Haith and the Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team kicked off their 2004-2005 season Thursday night with a 73-55 victory over Barry University. Guillermo Diaz and Rob Hite led the team in scoring, while Will Frisby led the team in rebounds.

It took a half for the University of Miami men's basketball team to shake off the rust, but after a strong second half the Canes won handily.

Miami scored the first points of the 2004-2005 season almost a minute and a half into the first half on a three pointer by guard Anthony Harris.

After the first five minutes the Canes were noticeably rusty. Trying to find the right offensive flow, they fell behind 8-3 to Barry. However they clawed their way and tied the game at ten, but struggled to pull away in the first half leading Barry 31-27 at the buzzer.

"Early in the game we missed a lot of easy and open shots," Head Coach Frank Haith said. "We didn't convert and I felt we were tight. I'm trying to get our guys to play with poise. I thought we stopped running and doing what we do."

A bright spot in the first half was the Hurricanes three point shooting. They were 7-14 on the pointers, scoring 21 of their 31 points on threes. Anthony Harris solidified his position as the starting point guard, scoring all of his 11 points in the first half, 9 of which came off three pointers. Robert Hite added eight points and Will Frisby contributed with 7 rebounds at the half.

The Canes came out of halftime with a much greater intensity and responded offensively and defensively. Able to get more into their transition offense, the Hurricanes bolted out to a 43-29 lead on a 12-2 run and never looked back.

Even though Barry's defense cluttered the lane, Gary Hamilton and Anthony King were both key offensive contributors for the front court. Hamilton showed his grit and toughness by scoring all nine of his points in the second half and grabbing 8 rebounds. Hamilton energized the crowd on an alley-oop from Anthony Harris on a fast break. King connected on 4-5 FG's and had one block in 22 minutes.

"I thought Anthony King was a bright spot off the bench," Haith said. "He came in and he was alive." When King came in the first half he did a great job of finishing a couple of plays."

Not only did Diaz and Hite lead the team in points with 20 and 19 total, they led the team in steals. Diaz played the passing lanes well, having a total of 4 steals on the night, two of which led to thunderous break-away dunks. Hite snatched all three of his steals in the second half.

Senior Forward Nick Ellingsworth-Perez led Barry University with 18 points and 6 rebounds. The only other player to score in double digits was Joe Veloso, who scored 10 points on the game.

William Frisby led the team with 10 total rebounds in 22 minutes. Freshmen guard Antoine Mayhand and forward Raymond Hicks saw limited time playing 7 and 3 minutes each. Hicks had 3 rebounds and Mayhand finished with 2 points and one assist.

Overall Coach Haith was pleased with his team's performance against Barry. Though he was disappointed with the amount of offensive rebounds Barry had, there were many bright spots in the game. Mainly the three point shooting. The Hurricanes shot 11-23 on the night from three.

"We have to get better as a team. Every day out mindset has to be about improving as a team. We have to have that focus every day in practice. We had a couple days last week that I felt we took a step back. I think we know we have to have that mindset ever day in practice. I was very pleased with our effort particularly on defense. I was a lot of good things."

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