But it was Asbury who sparked the ‘Canes in the first half as they were in a bit off a battle in the first half in their 92-79 win over Nova Southeastern at the Convocation Center Saturday afternoon.
Brian Asbury, a freshman shooting guard from South Miami High School, came off the bench to score 11 points, on 4 of 6 shooting, including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc.
Upon 24-18, Asbury connected on eight of the ‘Canes next 12 points to, including two threes sparking an 18-2 run that gave Miami a 42-20 lead with 6:39 to play in the first half.
"I feel I played well," Asbury said. "We need to have a spark off the bench, and I need to be that spark.
Asbury suffered a hard fall late in the game that had him laying on the court for about a minute, but was okay after the game.
"My teammate came up under me, but I'm alright," Asbury said.
"He always falls," UM head coach Frank Haith said jokingly.
The ‘Canes cruised from there as they took a 58-36 lead into the half on 61 percent shooting.
The Sharks tried to stick around and did so mainly because they hit 13 of 25 threes, including 8 of 13 in the second half, but they never threatened the ‘Canes as the closest they would get was the final score when Luis Gurrieres hit a three with just over a minute to play.
However, Haith was very pleased with the way his team played in the exhibition contest.
"Nova played extremely hard, but I was very pleased with our effort," Haith said. "Execution wise, we've got to get better understanding of what we are trying to do. We have to improve defensively. Our rotations were not as good as they need to be. I thought we were slow rotating and didn't do a great job against dribble penetration."
"But it was our first game without Anthony (Harris). We have to get used to playing without him, but we played hard throughout."
Haith was also pleased with the way Clemente ran the point in his debut in a ‘Canes uniform.
"I think he did a great job," Haith said.
"I was a bit nervous coming in," Clemente said. "It was my first game in college. It's not easy for me."
But the performance that definitely had Haith smiling about was that of Anthony King who opened the game dominating the paint with an array of baskets and post moves.
He finished with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and hit 3-of-4 of his free throws while also grabbing nine rebounds and blocking five shots.
"We need a post presence. I am going to try to be that post presence for us," King said.
"We talked about getting a post presence early. He was very aggressive. We talked about getting him the ball early in the game and he did a very good job for us," Haith said.
The ‘Canes hit the practice floor Monday after an off day tomorrow before going to Washington next weekend for the season opener Sunday when they face off with Texas-Arlington in the BCA Classic.
Canes Win Exhibition, 92-79
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