Canes Crush Villanova

Darius Rice scored 30 points as the 19th-ranked Hurricanes opened a huge lead and coasted to a 76-58 Big East Conference victory over Villanova. John Salmons (left) and Marcus Barnes added 15 and 14 points respectively.

Miami made sure that it would only play 40 minutes.

Miami (18-2, 5-2 Big East East) had a double-overtime victory over Pittsburgh and an overtime triumph over Providence last week in opening a five-game homestand. The Hurricanes wanted no part of an extra session in this one, scoring the first 12 points of the game.

Elton Tyler's hoop capped the game-opening run before Villanova (10-6, 3-4) finally scored on a 3-pointer by Andreas Bloch. That only stemmed the tide as the Hurricanes answered with the next 15 points, including seven by Rice.

A dunk by Marcus Barnes made it 19-3 with 16:33 remaining. Rice added an athletic layup off a feed from Barnes and Tyler capped the surge with a jumper for a 27-3 bulge with 11:41 left in the first half. The Wildcats missed 12 of their first 13 shots.

Miami has won seven of the last eight meetings between the schools.

BOXSCORE
VILLANOVA (58)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Sullivan        23   1-3   0-0   2-3  3  3    2
Wright          23   3-9   3-4  4-10  0  4    9
Sales           38   5-9   0-1  9-12  2  5   10
Snowden         37  6-19   0-2   1-4  1  3   12
Buchanan        33  5-18   2-3   0-5  3  5   15
Bloch           12   1-4   0-0   0-2  0  2    3
Grace            1   0-0   0-0   1-1  0  0    0
Charles         11   2-2   1-2   1-2  0  1    5
Ruskey           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Bryant          12   1-7   0-0   1-2  0  1    2
Johnson          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Austin           8   0-0   0-0   0-3  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 24-71  6-12 19-44  9 24   58
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Percentages: FG-.338, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals:
4-23, .174 (Snowden 0-4, Buchanan 3-12, Bloch
1-3, Bryant 0-4). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked
shots: 2 (Sullivan, Snowden). Turnovers: 26
(Sales 9, Snowden 6, Wright 4, Buchanan 3, Bloch
2, Austin, Charles). Steals: 11 (Sales 4, Snowden
4, Sullivan 2, Wright).

MIAMI FLA (76)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Rice            33 10-15   6-9  0-10  1  1   30
Jones           23   1-7   3-4   1-3  2  2    5
Tyler           34   4-4   0-0   1-7  2  3    8
Salmons         33   4-6   7-7   1-6  5  3   15
Barnes          29  5-15   1-4   1-4  3  2   14
Simmons         19   0-1   0-1   0-1  2  0    0
Watson           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Okpalobi         1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Schlie           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Berumen          2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
Coelho           7   0-1   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
Djahue          14   2-6   0-0   1-1  0  1    4
Marakovits       1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Frisby           2   0-0   0-0   0-1  1  2    0
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TOTALS         200 26-55 17-25  5-33 17 16   76
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Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals:
7-22, .318 (Rice 4-6, Jones 0-4, Salmons 0-1,
Barnes 3-11). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 7
(Tyler 2, Salmons 2, Jones, Djahue, Frisby).
Turnovers: 18 (Salmons 6, Barnes 3, Rice 2,
Simmons 2, Tyler 2, Coelho, Jones, Watson).
Steals: 12 (Barnes 4, Djahue 3, Tyler 2, Jones,
Rice, Salmons).
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Villanova          23   35  -   58
Miami Fla          41   35  -   76
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 4,777. Officials: Tom
Lopes, Steve Welmer, Gene Monje.

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