Miami took a 40-16 lead into the half. Barry had sixteen turnovers that allowed Miami to establish its big lead. The Canes blocked 4 shots, stole the ball 5 times, and used its defense to force Barry to a 29.2 shooting percentage. On offense Miami went 8-15 from three and shoot 46.9% from the floor overall.
The Hurricanes played sloppy in the second half and allowed a few easy baskets in the last 10 minutes, but that can be attributed to the fact Coach Haith went deep into his bench. They rebounded the ball a little better in the second half and tried to establish the big guys more, but they still heavily relied on the three point shot. Karega Tucker led Barry with 11 points.
"Barry made us shoot the ball," Haith said. "They were sagging to our post guys. We were trying to get the ball inside. It was difficult because at times Barry had 4 guys on our big men. Obviously we took way too many threes but in a game like today they were just so wide open. We need to get it inside more though. We don't want to shoot 30 threes."
Jack Mcclinton led the way with 20 points. The junior went 19 minutes before he missed a shot going 6-6 including five threes during that stretch. Mcclinton was not used at point guard throughout the entire night, which allowed him to focus on his scoring and not running an offense. If Miami can avoid having to use him at point guard it will give Miami a big advantage as Mcclinton is one of the best shooters in the country.
The point guards throughout the night were Eddie Rios and Lance Hurdle. Eddie is the more natural point guard. He passes the ball into the post well and knows how to run a team. Rios finished with 3 points and 4 assists. Hurdle appears to be more of a scorer than a point guard and showed his great athleticism on a breakaway dunk. Hurdle finished with 7 points and 6 assists. They both struggled shooting the ball with Rios going 1-6 from the field and Hurdle going 2-9.
"I want Eddie and Lance to get court time, Haith said. "I wanted Eddie and Lance to get a lot of court time and get those jitters out of the way. I think you can see both have great potential. There are times they made some really good plays. I think both guys can shoot the ball a lot better than they did today. They also have to get better on playing solid defense on and off the ball."
The rest of the scoring was spread out. Brian Asbury had 7 points and showed he is determined to get to the basket more. Adrian Thomas scored 8 points including 2 threes. Dwayne Collins finished with a double double. The sophomore had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Raymond Hicks had 7 points and Anthony King made his return to the team with 6 points, 4 rebounds, and a blocked shot. Jimmy Graham has 3 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Fabio Nass had 4 points and James Dews finished with 7 points rounding out Miami's scoring.
"Anthony King was extremely excited about being back out there," Haith said. I am happy for him and he is going to play well. Dwayne played with a lot of energy. I will take what he did tonight every game. Brian did not shoot the ball particularly well tonight, but he will be fine. We need him to continue to grow and become a complete player. It was also great to see Adrian back out there. He has really worked on his shot and is one of the better shooters on the team."
The story of the night was the Canes' defense. Miami played a smothering man to man defense most of the game. They were forced to play zone much of last year because injuries left their frontcourt decimated but it appears Coach Haith is going to take advantage of the Canes depth and play more man to man than he has throughout his three years at Miami. The Canes made Barry work for every point they got and barely allowed any open looks.
"Defensively we were good in the first half," Haith said. "In the second half we gave up a lot of dribble penetration, which is not good. I also don't like that they had 12 offensive rebounds. There are some things we have to clear up. Some guys had some jitters but that is why you play these games."
The one part of the game that should worry Hurricane fans is Miami did not rebound the ball very well and looked a little sloppy at times on offense struggling to score in the half court offense. Miami was out rebounded 20-18 in the first half and had 7 turnovers in the first half. Barry used a 2-3 zone most of the night and gave Miami problems when they tried to give the ball to their big men. The Canes finished the game with a rebounding edge of 43 to 38, but instead of being even on the boards they should have dominated versus a smaller Barry team.
"Obviously our goal is to get the ball inside," Haith said. "Tonight they were just giving us open looks. There was some hesitation of when to shoot it and when not to, but we will get better at that."
Miami opens the regular season Friday November 9th against Florida Southern at 7:30 in the Bank United Center.
*** Coach Haith mentioned they are considering redshirting Julian Gamble and with the depth on the frontcourt it will be a big surprise if he does not redshirt.