Canes Look Impressive in Exhibition Game

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - If the way the University of Miami men's basketball team played Monday night in its 94-54 exhibition rout over Northwood University out of West Palm Beach, Fla., is any indication of the explosiveness of this year's Hurricanes, it could be a very special season.

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Behind a stellar shooting performance from the field where the ‘Canes shot 63 percent from the field in the first half along with a blazing 78 percent from three-point range in the first 20 minutes, the ‘Canes blew the game open in the first half draining seven bombs from beyond the arc taking a 54-30 lead into the half following a buzzer beater by Jack McClinton that he swished from the top of the key while being guarded by two Seahawks.

"We had 12 (13 actually) guys score, that is something I am really pleased with," UM coach Frank Haith said.

Overall, Miami shot a blistering 60 percent from the field and 56 percent from three-point range. They were also very aggressive defensively, especially in the second half, blocking nine shots.

McClinton hit all three of his 3-point shot attempts in the first half and freshman James Dews came off the bench scorching hitting all three of his as well.

Neither had any first game jitters as they both came out smoking from the field.

"I like the fact he's (Dews) not afraid as a freshman to take shots, but he's got to understand there's a time in the game for it," Haith said. "You can see he has the skill level. He understands the game. It is nice to have a weapon like that come off the bench with that skill level."

Northwood came out strong knocking down three treys and trailed by only eight at 28-20 with 10:03 to play in the first half, but the ‘Canes took over behind the shooting of McClinton and Dews, who is getting over a foot injury that kept him out of a lot of Fall practice, outscoring the Seahawks 26-10 to finish the half.

"I got my nerves out in the scrimmage against UCF," McClinton said. "I just played basketball."

While McClinton (13 points) and Dews (10 points) led the team from the perimeter Jimmy Graham and Anthony King dominated in the paint.

Graham finished with a career high 14 points and three rebounds in 16 minutes of play. He was also 6 for 6 from the free throw line. King added 10 points and six rebounds.

The ‘Canes continued the fast pace in the second half pushing the lead to as many as 43, but more impressive was their defensive performance in the second half where they held the Seahawks to only 24 second half points.

"In the first half, we had some breakdowns defensively in terms of taking ourselves out of plays," Haith said. "I think we cleaned that up in the second half, but that was a lot of anxious (energy). We talked about playing fundamentally sound defense. We didn't have rotation, but we did a better job in the second half."

The ‘Canes officially open their season on Saturday at the BankUnited Center at 7:30 p.m. against FIU.

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