In the second half Miami's big men took over. The Canes had 12 more rebounds than Alabama State in the second half. Miami extended the lead to double digits early in the second half and maintained that lead the whole half. Anthony King had 10 points and 7 rebounds and controlled the paint in the second half. Andrew Hayles finished with 26 points leading Alabama State in scoring.
"I thought we got off to a slow start tonight," said Haith. "Offensively we settled for too many jump shots and we were not running. We wanted to get out early offense going. In the second half our post players enforce their will on them and that was the key to game."
The story of the game was Miami's frontcourt. Dwayne Collins, Jimmy Graham, and Anthony King dominated the game and picked up the scoring void left by Jack McClinton. Jimmy Graham had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Anthony King had 14 points and 12 boards. Dwayne Collins had 16 points, 6 boards, and 3 blocks. The Canes' post players had their most impressive game of the season.
"The strength of our team is our post game," said Haith. "That is what we are. King, Jimmy, and Dwayne have to score for us. It was good to see Dwayne produce. We need him to do that. Jimmy was more aggressive. He is so strong and big the more he attacks the rim the better he is going to be."
Miami also improved on its free throw shooting and rebounding, which were two areas of concern versus Morgan State. The Canes out rebounded Alabama State 47 to 32 and went 31 for 42 at the free throw line. These are major signs of improvement as Morgan State out rebounded Miami by 13 and the Canes went 8 for 21 from the line in that game. Miami has to continue to take advantage of its depth in the front court to dominate the boards.
"We had a couple of rebound drills we went through that I do not think our guys want to go through again," said Haith. "It was a tough day and I think our guys know it is important to rebound at all positions. Free throw shooting is all about concentration. If you miss free throws it is like a turnover. If we are going to be a good basketball team we have to knock those down."
Miami also had 2 perimeter players with double figures vs. Morgan State. Brian Asbury had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Eddie Rios had 11 points and 5 assists. James Dews had 8 points and Lance Hurdle had 7.
"We have a number of guys that can score. We can spread it around. Dews did not get in double figures, but his energy and effort was unbelievable. It is good to see us getting that kind of production from a lot of people."
The Canes next game is on Sunday December 2nd versus St. Johns University at the Bank United Center. Jack McClinton may be available to play on Sunday. He will have his cast removed in the next couple of days and his status will be determined.