Canes beat Stetson, move to 10-0

The 22nd ranked University of Miami men's basketball team continued its success tonight as they beat the Stetson Hatters 89 to 53. The Canes dominated from the start, going on a 15 to 4 run in the first 5 minutes. Miami had its best shooting performance of the season tonight converting 55% of its shots. The Hurricanes dominated inside as the outscored Stetson 34 to 16 in the paint.

"We had a lot of guys contribute tonight. I thought we did a nice job defensively. We got the ball inside quite a bit so our paint production was good. All in all, it was a good game for us and I thought we handled ourselves well tonight," said Coach Frank Haith.

Coach Haith was pleased with his team's performance tonight but urged that they cannot afford to get complacent.

"We talked about going in, having a complete game of 40 minutes of basketball. I thought our guys did that tonight. Defensively we didn't let up. We were still rotating, we were still knocking balls loose and we were playing unselfishly. I thought we passed the ball well," said Haith.

Brian Asbury led all scorers with 18 points. The junior forward was aggressive offensively going 6 of 7 shooting from the field including 2 of 2 from beyond the arc. Asbury added 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to an already impressive performance.

Senior forward Raymond Hicks impressed in his first start of the season contributing 15 points and sophomore guard James Dews added 14 of his own. The Canes had five players score in double figures as junior guard Jack McClinton chipped in with 12 points.

"It was nice to see these two guys (Asbury and Hicks) go out there and have good games, particularly a guy like Ray Hicks who we are going to need," said Haith. "It was good to see him get out and perform tonight and for us to have another post guy that can produce for us."

Sophomore forward Dwayne Collins was impressive in the paint. Collins finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds, a block and a steal. His rim rocking dunk over Stetson center Tim Lang with 1:23 remaining in the first half brought everyone to their feet.

The crowd at the Bank United Center may have given its loudest ovation of the night when senior walk-on Jonathan Stratton hit a three pointer with 31 seconds remaining in the game.

The Hatters were led by junior forward Eric Diaz. The former Miami Columbus star had 13 points while shooting 4 of 12 from the field.

Junior forward Jimmy Graham sat out tonight resting his foot injury.

"His ankle was really sore after the game and we wanted him to sit out and get himself as close to 100% as we can," said Haith. "We'll see if he's ready for Thursday, he hasn't practiced and he's got a boot on. He's been doing conditioning so he hasn't done much on it. It's a nagging thing and we want him to get it healed up."

The national media appears to be paying attention to Miami 's success on the hardwood. The Hurricanes are ranked for the first time in five years. This is the second time in program history that the Canes start the season 10-0.

"That is good attention I guess. You'd rather have that than the other. I'm excited for these guys and I'm excited for our coaches who worked their tails off to get us to this point. A lot of credit needs to go to our coaches and players and how hard they've worked. I'm really happy for them," said Haith.

The Canes take on the North Florida Ospreys on Thursday night at the Bank United Center . Tip-off is at 7:30 PM.

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