Inter-American University Puerto Rico pulled everything they had out of their bag of tricks to slow down the University of Miami basketball team Friday night.
The Tigers at times tried a full court press, trapping and played with a lot of heart.
But the Canes broke the full court press, found the open man and imposed their offensive will on the less talented Inter-American team, decisively winning 117-62.
"Our goal was to focus on improving and doing the little things," said Coach Frank Haith. "For the most part we did a good job of defending dribble penetration and keeping them out of the paint. We rebounded the ball better and we wanted to get some guys minutes. That was important to us too."
Six players scored in double digits for the Canes, led by freshman Antoine Mayhand with 20 points and point guard Anthony Harris, who scored 15 points, dished out 10 assists and had 3 steals.
"That is the one thing Antoine can do, he can score the ball in a short period of time," Haith said. "(Anthony) had some really nice passes and made some really good decisions. He has improved so much. He has worked so hard. Studying the game, watching the tape, and watching himself.
The Hurricanes dominated every statistical category. They were efficient shooting 50% from the field and 42% from three. The Canes also out rebounded the Tigers 58-44.
"After (watching) Barry, we were slow executing," Haith said. "Tonight we wanted to get into our offense quicker. We played a team that ran a lot of zone, but even with that said, we wanted to get the ball in the front court and reverse it and get into our offense a lot quicker.
"Defensively we wanted to do a better job on the glass. I thought we did a nice job (tonight). We gave up fourteen offensive rebounds against Barry. It was important our perimeter players do a good job of finding and locating guys to block out."
In the first half the Canes gave themselves a good cushion, surging to a 17-3 lead. Anthony Harris started the game with the hot hand making his first three 3 point attempts.
Also in the first half, Glen Batemon scored his first points of the season. He showed nice versatility being able to put back buckets on the offensive glass and displaying a soft 10 foot jumper. He finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds on the night.
Puerto Rico finally scored double digits with 4:55 left in the first half, as the Canes went into the break with a 58-16 lead.
In the second half the Hurricanes did not let up. They began the game with an 11-0 run. The game could be summed up in a sequence that took place early in the half. Anthony King swatted a shot against the backboard, threw an outlet pass to Rob Hite who took a couple dribbles and easily dunked on the fast-break. Hite finished the game with 19 points in 16 minutes.
"We are just trying to go out there and play hard and focus on us and do what we had to do to prepare for the rest of the season," Hite said.
With the game out of reach, the reserves got into the game. Eric Wilkins displayed his athleticism, attacking the basket on offense. He scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds, 7 of which were offensive. Freshman Raymond Hicks showed tenacity around the basket, grabbing 8 rebounds and swiping 3 steals. Guillermo Diaz and Gary Hamilton each added 10 points.
Note: Will Frisby did not play because he was sick. He did not practice the last two days, but if this was a regular season game Frisby would have played.
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