Basketball News & Notes: Nov. 12

The University of Miami men's basketball team opened the season with an impressive 73-50 pasting of cross-town rival FIU at the BankUnited Center Saturday night.

NEWS & NOTES

Brian Asbury finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds, but his 2 for 8 free throw shooting is unacceptable. Asbury must shoot better from the free throw line if he expects to get playing time late in games. Free throw shooting has been a problem for Miami over the past three years. It has to improve as the team was 8 for 18 from the line. Middle school teams shoot it better than that.

• PF Jimmy Graham's ability to run the floor this year is really impressive. He had three sick blocks and had his Alonzo Mourning moment following a block of Dejon Prejean that led to a Jack McClinton lay up. Graham can flex just like Mourning.

• The ‘Canes committed 13 turnovers, seven less than they committed against Northwood. That's definitely an improvement, but Haith characterized some of the turnovers as sloppy.

• C Anthony King was dominating in the post. You can't ask for more from King. One of the biggest differences between last year and this year is that when King grabs an offensive rebound, his put backs were good.

• PF Dwayne Collins was flat out nasty. His dunk that didn't count late in the game where he jumped over at least two players for a one-handed put back jam got the crowd off its seats. It shows his promise and his sickening athleticism as he finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

• PG Denis Clemente will be active for the game on Tuesday against Alcorn State after being suspended for the season opener.

• SF Raymond Hicks, on the other hand, will not be available for Tuesday's game against Alcorn State. He is suspended indefinitely. Coach Frank Haith said that Hicks has to clean a number of things up, but would not specify as to what Hicks has done, however, speculation leads us to believe he definitely broke more than one team rule to suffer an early suspension like this.

• PG Anthony Harris is doing a good job dishing the ball as he collected 6 assists to 3 turnovers; however, Harris shot the ball poorly again. Following a 1 for 6 performance from the field against Northwood Monday, he shot 3 for 10 against FIU. Harris has to shoot the ball better.

• For a non-ACC game, it was a great crowd at 3,501. Last year, it was rare for the ‘Canes to sniff on a crowd that big before ACC play began.

• Miami's rebounding was very impressive. The ‘Canes outrebounded FIU 46-30 and had 17 offensive rebounds. They also had about 10 blocked shots, but the official stats didn't indicate that.

• In attendance were former University of Miami star and current Miami Heat guard Robert Hite and Miami Heat forward Dorrell Wright. Heat General Manager Randy Pfund was also in attendance.

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached at rudy@canestime.com

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