UM Basketball Impressive Again, Wins 96-57

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - With a 5-point lead in the first half Miami's defense woke up and took over the game as the ‘Canes went on a 19-0 run that started with a lay up by Anthony King with 9:20 to play in the first half and finished with a thunderous dunk by freshman Dwayne Collins leading the ‘Canes to a 96-57 blasting of Alcorn State in front of 2,025 fans.

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It marked the first 2-0 start since Frank Haith has been head coach at Miami.

Shooting guard Jack McClinton led the way with 21 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Brian Asbury rebounded from a tough game against FIU Saturday, to score a career-high 15 points, grab six rebounds, and had three steals.

Asbury led the ‘Canes early scoring the team's first eight points and scored all his points in the first half on 7 of 8 first half shooting. Many of those points came off assists from Anthony Harris who matched a career high ten assists, including eight in the first half. Miami finished with 28 assists as a team, second most in school history.

But it was the 19-0 surge in the first half that was the difference as the teams went back and forth early before Miami's defense finally set the tone for the remainder of the game.

"I thought defensively we were not good early, but the last ten minutes of the (first) half we played really good D," Haith said. "It's most important that we just continue to get better each time out."

Seven points from Asbury led the run while the Hurricanes defense forced 15 consecutive missed shots during the stretch.

In all, the ‘Canes finished the first half outscoring Alcorn State 24-3 over the final 9:20 with all three Braves' points coming from the free throw line.

The front line continued to play well as Anthony King had another double-double finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Jimmy Graham had his second straight double-figure scoring night finishing with 11 points and four rebounds, but most impressive was his ability to knock down the midrange jumper that he hit twice during the game.

Collins came off the bench once again exciting the crowd with an alley-oop jam along with a poster shot of a Braves defender just before the end of the first half. Collins finished with nine points, three rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

Getting a lot of players minutes early has also been a key to the development of the team as Haith has emphasized playing eight to ten players a game, but unlike his first two years, he can do that without worry of a drop off in play.

"We are going to play a lot of guys regardless, but we are trying to find out what combinations are good," Haith said. "We got a chance to play a couple of different line ups and got a chance to experiment with some line ups. That's good for us to grow as a basketball team."

The ‘Canes take to the road this weekend as they play in the America Youth Classic where they'll play on the road at Evansville followed by Buffalo and Cleveland State to finish the weekend before returning home to host Lafayette November 25 at 1:00 p.m.

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

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